Need to share a Printer from XP mode to Win7 without drivers
Posted on 2013-06-12
A client has a $50'000 blueprint printer that prints on big rolls. It only has drivers for windows xp. He is now upgrading his machines and the company does and will not provide Windows 7 drivers.
I installed XP Mode on Windows 7 and configured it and put it on the same homegroup as all the other machines in the office. I installed the printer after attaching it in windows xp using drivers that came with XP. I can't seem to be able to figure out a way to get the other Windows 7 machines in the office to be able to add it as a printer and to print to it.
When I go to add network printer I see it on all the Windows 7 machines and try to add it. It starts contacting Windows Update looking for drivers, finds none, asks me for them then cancels out when I don't have them. I was hoping to be able to share the printer or setup some sort of redirection from Windows 7 to the shared printer in XP Mode. All the instructions I have seen so far seem to try to help people redirect the LPT port to a network printer shared in Windows 7. I need to do the reverse.
Is there some way to install a dummy printer and then when you select it as the printer redirect to a network printer? Is there a way to force the print rendering to be done in XP so that those drivers are used?