Re: Printer sharing - XP host, Vista laptop
I had a similar problem and found the following doing a Google search:
"I had the same problem. I found a solution. Logically it makes no sense
to me, but it worked so...
Go to Control Panel. Choose printer. Then choose Add Printer.
ChooseAdd a local printer. Click on Create a new port. The default in the
drop down box is Local Port. Do not change that. Click Next.
A dialogue box will appear asking for you to enter a port name. Type in the
\\computer name\printer name ie. My computer's name is basement and the
printer name is EpsonSty so I typed in \\basement\epsonsty"
Hope it works for you.
"Marwood" <Marwood.email@example.com> wrote in message
> Hi all,
> I've got an issue with printer sharing with a client's PC setup.
> *The setup is:*
> Desktop with XP Home (Windows Firewall, all Norton crap removed, LLDP
> responder patched, in the workgroup WORKGROUP). Logs in to Admin
> account, with no password. Guest account is disabled.
> This is connected by RJ45 to the router, which connects wirelessly to:
> Vista Home Premium Laptop (Vista firewall, Norton 360 removed,
> workgroup WORKGROUP).
> The XP machine is perfectly happy - it can see the laptop, and shared
> *The problem:*
> Vista is less happy - it can see the XP machine in the network map, but
> as others have remarked previously, the machine is unclickable. ie -
> cannot intiate a connection to XP shared resources from Vista. As far
> as I recall they have no problem pinging each other.
> I'm using a synchronisation program, which runs from XP - this can
> access, read and write to Vista's shares, and basically has no problems.
> This is set to log onto that machine using the Vista user account and
> The XP machine has a locally attached HP printer, which is shared via
> XP printer sharing.
> Vista laptop is completely oblivious to the presence of this printer,
> via Browse for Printer, server path style address: \\Desktop\HP , or any
> other method of trying to get it to notice it. It just will not see
> Can anyone shed any light on what the heck I can do to get this printer
> shared? If any more info is needed, just ask.
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