Good news and bad news. The good news - thanks very much for the pointer to
getting rid of installed printers. It did the job.
Bad news - the xerox.com drivers still don't work. I don't know offhand
what the Xerox XE90fx printer language is but it seems not to be either
Postscript or PCL5. I tried the PCL 5 driver as you suggested below as well
as the postscript driver. Unfortunately, when printing from the Vista
computer, I get the Postscript or PCL printer language stuff printed on the
paper as text instead of the printer interpreting it as commands.
Does anybody know of a compatible network printer driver for the Xerox
XE90fx printer on Windows Vista? The printer is accessed over the network
to a completely functional Windows 2000 machine if that makes any
"Tom Ferguson" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> This might be useful for removing the drivers from the failed attempt..
> Try the PCL5 driver here
> MSMVP 1998-2007
> "H Brydon" <HBrydon@Yahoo.com> wrote in message
>>I have a Vista Home Basic computer on a (wired) network with a Windows
>>2000 machine. The Win2K machine has a Xerox XE90fx printer ('no longer
>>supported' by Xerox and the latest version not suitable for Vista), which
>>works fine on the Windows 2000 machine. I am trying to set up network
>>printing so that I can print from the Vista machine over the network. I
>>followed the following directions, thanks to Tom Ferguson:
>> > Go to Control Panel. Choose printer. Then choose Add Printer.
>> > Choose Add a local printer. Click on Create a new port. The default in
>> > 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
>> > \\computername\printername
>> The last part of the process (unstated above) is to select a 'suitable'
>> print driver from a list, which is then installed on the Vista machine.
>> To make a long story short, I picked a driver that wasn't suitable and
>> want to back up and take another run at it. If I delete the printer
>> created above (ie. on the Vista machine) and make another attempt, it
>> complains that I can't add the printer because it already exists. The
>> 'deleted' printer seems to be gone correctly from the printer control
>> panel but somehow the machine 'remembers' it and thinks it is still
>> I guess I have 2 questions:
>> (1) How do I reinstall a printer with a different driver after it is
>> installed with one that doesn't work correctly?
>> (2) Does anybody know of a 'suitable' driver for a Xerox XE90fx printer
>> for use from Vista?