Xp Scanner sharing & win7

Posted on 2012-08-17
Last Modified: 2012-08-21
I've got a HP All-in-one 5600 shared from an XP machine.  I also have a win 7 64 laptop on which I'd like to have the HP Solution Center software or whatever it's called running so it can scan images.  In other words, xp machine sharing an HP all-in-one, needs to be accessible for scanning on a win 7 64 machine. Both connected to the same lan.

Can someone explain how this is done?

Question by:tf2012
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    by:John Hurst
    Does your HP 5600 have a network card?  And then put it on your LAN with a static IP address, put the appropriate drivers on each machine (XP and Windows 7) and access the scanner (and printer) that way.

    I do this with my HP 8600 and use the scanner (and printer) on any connected machine. This is much easier.

    .... Thinkpads_User
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    Accepted Solution

    I don't think you can do it without spending some extra money on either a print server or additional software. This is because it is a USB device and not a network device. The best you can do, if it has a Scan button ON the printer itself is the following:

    Create a folder on the pc it is connected to for all scan documents to be stored in.
    Share that folder out so that both PC's can see it.
    Open the scanning software and set the default scan destination to that new shared folder.

    Now, since you actually have to walk to the printer to place the scan document into the tray, simply press the Scan button, go back to the Win 7 PC, open the shared folder, and there it will be.

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