> I have a desktop with XP and an HP Photosmart 7260. I have a laptop with
> Vista Home premium 32 bit. I have them hooked up with a Netgear router.
> I can view everything on my desktop from my laptop but I can't add a
> printer to my laptop. The Best Buy guy told me to go on my laptop and
> add a local printer but when I try that it finds the printer and then
> says Windows cannot connect to the printer.Make sure that you have typed
> the name correctly and that the printer is connected to network.
> What now? I don't have a print server I just want to print from my
> laptop through my desktop.
So you can successfully transfer a file from the Vista machine to the XP box
and vice versa? According to HP, there are no advanced drivers available
for your printer but the basic drivers are built in:
So if you've shared the printer from the XP box, you should be able to
follow HP's instructions at the link above. You may need to install the
printer as a local printer.
Vista - How to install a printer that is connected locally to another
computer if the driver installation routine doesn't help:
Go to Control Panel. Choose Printer. Then choose Add Printer.
Choose Add 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 \\FullComputername\SharedPrintername
ex: \\mycomputer\HPDJ (This obviously will be the name of the XP box and
the shared printer).
Under the Manufacturers list, select HP and the correct printer from the
Under Do you want to use this printer as the default printer select "Yes"
and click Next.
When asked to print a test page, select "Yes", then Finish.
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