Sharing an HP P2055dn printer to Windows7 64-bit

Posted on 2011-10-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Dear experts,

Got a question re sharing printer between XP (32-bit) and Win7 (64-bit).

At present the HP printer is attached to an XP box, and shared amongst 5 people. Recently I replaced one of the PCs with Windows7 (64-bit) and can't use the shared printer.

I have tried to install the win7 driver on the XP machine but that gave me error. I tried to add additional drive but that didn't work either. Is that anything else I can do to resolve this?

I don't mind switching the printer around, e.g. attaching it to the Win7 PC and share it this way, IF other XP machines can see and use the printer. I am saying IF because I don't seem to be able to install the XP driver on the Windows7 (64bit) PC either.

Any help appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Question by:ormerodrutter
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    Accepted Solution

    Try to install XP drivers as additional drivers on Win 7 machine. Go to Devices and Printers, select one printer and then select Print server preferences up on ribbon. Go to Drivers -> Add -> Select x86 -> Browse to drivers for Win XP and add them. Then try to connect Win XP machine to shared printer.
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    Assisted Solution

    not entirely true :)

    if you replaced a machine with 64 bit version of Win 7 - than you will have to click the 64 bit version drivers, and of course you need the driver files as well.

    Once it installs the additional 64 bit drivers on the PC which SHARES the printer - when you connect your Win 7 to it - it should automatically pick up the correct drivers.

    Alternatively you can try to install the printer drivers on the Win7, If you do that first - you should also be able to connect to that shared printer without updating new drivers.

    But try to first way, so that in case you would replace more machines - you know it will work for them too.

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    Author Closing Comment

    Got it sort out by installing 64 bit driver on the XP machine. Normal share don't work but resolve by adding a "local" printer on the Win7 machine and enter the unc path.

    Thx for suggestions.

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