> I am having a problem sharing my printer with my wirless laptop which is
> running on xp and my desk computer which the printer is pluged into is vista.
> Has anybody got a solution please.
Since we don't know what happens when you try and you didn't tell us the
make/model of the printer, you can only get general suggestions.
1. Set up file/printer sharing between XP and Vista (see below).
2. Go to the printer mftr.'s website and download Vista drivers.
3. Install Vista drivers for the printer on the Vista machine. The
printer will be seen during the installation routine or, if it is not,
you will use the Add Printer Wizard.
Excellent, thorough, yet easy to understand article about File/Printer
Sharing in Vista. Includes details about sharing printers as well as
files and folders:
take you through Vista networking very well:
For XP, start by running the Network Setup Wizard. Configure firewalls
on all machines to allow the Local Area Network (LAN) traffic as
trusted. With Windows Firewall, this means allowing File/Printer Sharing
on the Exceptions tab. Normally running the Network Setup Wizard on XP
will take care of this for those machines.The only "gotcha" is that this
will turn on the XPSP2 Windows Firewall. If you aren't running a
third-party firewall or have an antivirus with "Internet Worm
Protection" (like Norton 2006/07) which acts as a firewall, then you're
fine. With third-party firewalls, I usually configure the LAN
allowance with an IP range. Ex. would be 192.168.1.0-192.168.1.254.
Obviously you would substitute your correct subnet. Do not run more than
With earlier Microsoft operating systems, the name of the Workgroup
didn't matter. Apparently it does with Vista, so put all computers in
the same Workgroup. This is done from the System applet in Control
Panel, Computer Name tab.
Create identical user accounts and passwords on all machines.
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