Using Network Printer On Windows XP With Remote Windows 7 Desktop

Posted on 2012-08-29
Last Modified: 2012-09-22
We have a client XP computer that is on the same network as a wireless Brother printer.  The computer is and the printer is  They are static.

We connect to a Windows 7 Ultimate via RDP via OpenVPN with an WAN address of and LAN address of

It works fine and without issue--except for the network printer.

We have checked the box under Local Resources to "use local printers".  The local printers do not show up.  However, I know this is not a local printer.  That is another issue and another question posted.

How do I share the network printer over the VPN/RDP so the Windows 7 computer can print to the wireless printer on the local network?
Question by:gta2011
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    It looks like we meet again with printing issues and RDP!

    So, you're trying to print over RDP, through a VPN, to a physical printer that is on the network wirelessly?

    You'll want to install the driver that is installed on the XP machine (I assume the XP machine can print to the printer?) on the Windows 7 machine.

    First, you'll want to download the exact same installer that you used on the Windows XP machine (are they both x86?) to the Windows 7 machine. You'll also want to install 7-zip on the Windows 7 machine.

    Then, after 7-zip is installed and the driver is downloaded, right-click the installer and use 7-zip to extract the contents on the installer. Next, open Print Management on the Windows 7 machine, you can do this by going to your 'Run...' menu and typing in 'printmanagement.msc' (minus the single quotes!)

    Inside Print Management you can install the driver that you extracted earlier. Once you have matching drivers on both the XP and Windows 7 machines, you should be able to print to it over RDP using the 'local resources' option in the RDP client.

    If you can already connect via RDP over the VPN tunnel, then we know your network is working correctly, and printing issues with RDP are usually driver problems.

    Let me know if you need additional information!

    Author Comment


    We are getting closer!  Thank you!  I will try and get back to you!
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    Expert Comment

    Just keep in mind the tips from the other case we had.

    Same architecture = same driver
    7zip to extract driver.
    Printmanagement.msc to force driver install.

    Author Comment


    I added the driver manually.  Worked great.  It is 32 bit XP and 32bit 7 installs.

    It prompted me for a port.  I choose the BRW.....  the brother address/MAC address?

    Is that correct?  I am not in front of the printer and can not tell if it worked.

    The print queue shows 1 in progress than 0 so is that a success.  It doesn't produce an error!?!
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    That sounds like success. Do you have someone at the machine who can confirm?

    Since, fundamentally, you're printing via RDP and not the printer on Windows 7, the port you choose shouldn't matter.

    When you installed the driver by way of printmanagement.msc, it forced you to set a port? If I remember correctly it only does that when setting up a printer, not a driver.

    When you're RDP'd in, do you see two printers? One on the W7 machine, one redirected from the XP machine?
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