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Hey guys!

I want to connect to my Win 7 64bit rig which has an attached shared printer with my Win XP rig.

I have a laptop which is able to flawlessly connect to the printer with Win 7 64bit on it.
  1. Win 7 64bit Desktop With attached shared printer
  2. Win 7 64bit Laptop is able to connect wirelessly to the shared printer.
  3. Win XP 32bit Desktop cannot connect wirelessly to the shared printer.

The thing is that when i use the "Add Printers" function in Win XP, i can sometimes see and not see the workgroup which my Win 7 64bit Desktop with the attached printer. However, i cannot even see any printers at all. Sometimes i see the workgroup, when i restart, sometimes i don't see it.

Any ideas how can i get my Win XP 32bit rig to connect to the shared printer on my Win 7 64bit rig?
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post #2 of 34
My suggestion is this:

Disconnect the printer from your Windows 7 host machine. Then connect it to your XP machine and install applicable drivers as though it was the host machine. Once that's done, reconnect the printer to the Windows 7 machine and see if you're able to print again.

I have a similar situation where I share a printer but mine is reversed and, I haven't had many issues. My printer is running of a 32-bit XP installation and I share it with a Windows 7 desktop and a Vista laptop. I have no problems printing wireless or through the network.

Let me know if that fixed the issue for you!
    
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Hmm... What you said didn't work...

But what i did was enter the Printer name and address in "Connect to a printer on the internet or a home or office network" option, and they gave me a window to insert my PC name and a password. So i just put in my PC name and passoword down (Win XP 32bit) and it worked. Now i can see the printers when browsing.

But the thing is that, i specifically set it in Win 7 that i do not want to use user accounts and passwords. Just for it to be automatically discoverable. What's happening here?
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post #4 of 34
That I can't answer. I'm not sure - could be a Homegroup setting that doesn't configure right when using XP. I personally don't use 'Homegroup' and have it removed.

I just network/share like the XP days.
    
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post #5 of 34
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Crap. I can't print again. I can add the printer, but i cannot see the printer on the network. I have to manually type in the printer address.

Okay, i really don't know how to use this Win 7 Homegroup network thing. I went to create a homegroup on my main PC with the printer attached. Then they asked me to put a password. I did all this.

So how do i just create a homegroup without doing up a password at all? Like in Vista where i just enabled file and printer sharing and that's about it. Just add the printer and i'm done?
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post #6 of 34
FYI...Homegroup only works between Windows 7 computers.
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Can you connect printer directly to router...?
    
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FYI...Homegroup only works between Windows 7 computers.
@OP this is why I don't use 'Homegroup'.

The last thing I can suggest is to hook up the printer to the XP machine so it is the host (so long as it's doable physically, obviously! ) and then you should have no problems seeing the printer over the network from Windows 7.

That is, baring that you haven't made any network services set to disabled that are needed for network discovery.
    
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So, Hoemgroup doesn't work with XP.
Best resolution is make all computers part of the same workgroup and use normal Windows sharing functions.
It is quite simple to do, there is a guide here to save me writing a guide what would effectively be exactly the same:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...dows-7-and-xp/
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mattyd893 View Post
So, Hoemgroup doesn't work with XP.
Best resolution is make all computers part of the same workgroup and use normal Windows sharing functions.
It is quite simple to do, there is a guide here to save me writing a guide what would effectively be exactly the same:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...dows-7-and-xp/
^ This too is a simple solution that should resolve any issues.

Let us know if you've got it situated OP!
    
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