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I am having difficulty printing from a Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) machine to a printer connected to a Vista Home Premium (32 bit) machine. I downloaded the 64 bit drivers and loaded on Win7. I have enabled sharing on both. It fails to print.
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by:l33tf0b
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Install the 32bit version of the print driver.  Since the printer is connected to the 32 Bit Vista machine, you need to copy that driver and install it on the 64bit machine.  What printer is this?
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So the printer is connected to Vista machine and your network is working between vista and win7 machines?

You could try to install 64bit drivers to vista machine. On vista, open printer properties, choose 'share' and there you should see button 'additional drivers'
There you can install 64bit drivers for that printer. After installing drivers, go to win7 machine and re-install printer. Remember to choose 'add network printer'
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I haven't had a chance to try these possible solutions yet. Will do in a day or so and get back to you.
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I tried installing "additional drivers" (64 bit) on the Vista machine. It said during installation that it had to uninstall the driver already loaded and that everything would work after the new installation. WRONG!! Nothing worked...no printing from either machine. I uninstalled the 64 bit drivers and reinstalled the 32 bit Vista drivers and now can print from Vista only...but I lost the printer icon and can't get it back. Any idesas on that?
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I rebooted the 32 bit Vista machine and icons are back, and I can print from the Vista machine.
I haven't had a chance to load 32bit drivers on the Win 7 machine yet. Maybe can try that today.
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Here is an update on the network. The machine that the printer is connected to is XP SP3 rather than Vista, but I'm having the same problem printing. How do I copy and install 32 bit drivers from the XP machine to the 64 bit Win 7.
I have a small office network with 3 computers, two are windows7 64 bit and one is XP 32 bit. The printer, Officejet 6000 e609n, is hooked to the XP machine via USB cable. The counter POS computer is wired to the network and an HP ProBook 4530s is connected to the network wirelessly. The printer works fine from the XP machine, but neither of the Win7 machines can print even though  I can see the printer listed in "view network computers and devices." I have downloaded and installed 64 bit drivers on the Win 7 machines. ..but it tells me "no drivers are installed" Do I need to install 64 bit driver on the XP machine and then add printer. If yes, how do I do that without overriding the drivers for 32 bit XP?
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No "adding additional drivers" worked...whether it was 32 bit on the 64 machine or 64 bit on the 32 bit machine. Frustration to the max.

What did finally work was connecting the printer to the router with cat5e  cable and leaving it connected to the 32 bit machine with a USB cable. When searching for a network printer it found the printer and all machines can now print to it.

Thanks to everyone who added suggestions! I appreciate your input.
atf3doc
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It was the only solution that worked..I tried every suggestion that was offered.
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