Printer Sharing

Posted on 2013-01-04
Last Modified: 2013-01-18
Sharing Windows 7 local printer.

Trying to locate share of the printer from an XP Pro machine.  does not see printer?.
Question by:ycguy1117
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by:Kent Dyer
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There is a common issue with XP where you have to be an Admin on the XP box..  Is that the case?


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aindelicato earned 500 total points
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For sharing printers between Windows 7 and Windows XP Operating System, users might have to first make sure that

both machines are the members of the same workgroup.

Then locate your Windows 7 and XP machines in the network.
After this, users might have to click on the Printer icon and then click on the ‘Customize your printer’ button.
Select the sharing tab and check the box in order to share the printer and type its share name.

Add drivers if needed. Under network, click on the Windows 7 machine icons to find the shared folders and devices.
In Windows XP machine, open My Network Places and find Windows 7 shared folders.

Then, double click on the Share folder to find out the list of shared folders on Windows 7 Public folder.
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In My Network Places of XP machine can you see the win 7 pc name?
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by:Kent Dyer
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Also..  Is the XP box Professional or is it Home or a lower version?  If I recall correctly, you cannot share (advertise) shares on a lower version of XP than Professional.


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Is the windows 7 system 64bit while the XP is 32, make sure under the share configuration of the printer to add additional drivers and include the 32bit version that supports XP.

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It is 32bit XP Pro and 64 bit Windows 7 Ultimate
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Get the 32 bit drivers from the printer's vendor site and add them as described.

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