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Setting up a printer to print from another PC on the network, not having driver locally

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I can't get printing from my Win7 PC to work, either with the right driver, or via a printer on another PC on the network.
I want to be able to print from my Windows 7 machine to a Toshiba-E printer.
I cannot find the driver for the printer to run on W7.
This would seem basic but I just can't find it, so I am trying to map the printer as it is on XP so that it comes up on my local W7 machine.

The printer is currently connected to an XP PC. On the XP machine I can print successfully.
Both computers are on the same network.
I managed to map lp2: TOSHIBAe  showing as \\FUJ-2 which is the XP machine.
I can find this as a printer but I cannot install it because (I think) it is looking for the driver to install locally on W7.

I can run a remote session on the XP, can open a file and print it. That is useful but not quite printing directly to the remote printer.

I followed this solution: ID: 17832614
I had error messages about \ and / but was surprised that the end result was (on the network for the machine Fuj-7) the printer showing as lp2: TOSHIBAe. Still I can't print to it.

Is there a way to get the printer properly set up that someone can advise me on?
Thank you very much
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Question by:Michael Gunner
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by:John Hurst
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There are Windows 7 and Windows 8 drivers built in for some TOSHIBA-e printers.

On your Windows 7 machine, go to Devices and Printers, Add a Printer, Local printer, existing connection and Next. See the Windows Update button beside Have Disk.

Click on Windows Update and allow to complete (takes a while).  Exit without installing anything.

Now restart the computer and try again to install the printer.

You need a  local Windows 7 driver for the printer to print even if it is attached to a different machine.

... Thinkpads_User
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by:eerwalters
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What is the model number of the Toshiba E-Printer?
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by:Michael Gunner
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The model is eStudio163. This does not appear in the list of printers, even after doing Windows Update. There are others which I tried and none worked. It was because I could not find the W7 driver that I was trying the network printer solution, trying to make the printer use its local driver.
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by:John Hurst
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I can only find a model 167 and up. So then there may not be drivers for Windows 7 for this printer and in that event, there is nothing you can do except get a more modern printer.

.... Thinkpads_User
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Try the drivers from the link below.

http://www.eid.toshiba.com.au/n_driver_es205_207_242.asp
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by:Michael Gunner
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Thank you very much eerwalters.
I will try tomorrow.
I had accepted that there was no suitable driver but may be not.
In any case I have found a remote access solution which makes it a lot easier. The only problem being that I have to log in each time to the printer PC, or leave it running all the time. This is inconvenient becasue I have to attach a screen every time, taking it away from a system in use.
But I will try eerwalters 's drivers tomorrow.
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I am sorry but I have had to give my attention to other things. I will come back to the problem later.
I couldn't find a driver.
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by:Michael Gunner
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It is not working but that is more to do with my not having time to try more solutions. Thank you very much for your advice.
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