I'm doing some consulting work for an office where there are 3 computers. 2 are Windows 7, 64bit and the other is a computer running Windows XP 32 bit. The Windows XP computer has an old application which will only run on Windows XP. And, without going into tons of reasons why, it has to run on XP. Attached to this Windows XP system is a HP Laserjet 1200 printer which is shared out. However, when trying to connect from the Windows 7 computers over the network and installing the drivers, It times out while going to "Windows Update" and says no driver can be found. HP's website says drivers are builtin for Windows 7.
File and print sharing are turned on, on all computers, and firewalls are open to allow sharing and the workgroups match.
So next, I decided to try connecting the HP Laserjet 1200 printer directly via USB to the Windows 7 computer and seeing if the driver would install. That worked! It downloaded the driver and I was able to print directly via the USB. So, next, I thought that since the driver was loaded, I could go connect the printer back to the Windows XP computer and try connecting to the shared printer from the Windows 7 computer.
Tried that and it would get stuck trying to download drivers from "Windows Update" and time out as before without finding a driver! Therefore, the printer install wouldn't complete.
Anyone have any ideas on how to get the Windows 7 computers to print to this HP Laserjet 1200 shared out on a Windows XP computer? This HP Laserjet 1200 doesn't have a network port so without getting a print server, it has to be shared out on a computer for network printing.