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Alternate way of networking a Windows7/Vista system to a Windows XP systems's shared printer.

If you have tried the normal printer wizard process and were unable to get a printer to function, then verify the network name of the computer that has the shared printer and the share name of the printer, then follow these steps. Worked for Me.

Windows 7

Go to CONTROL PANEL. Choose DEVICES and PRINTERS. The choose ADD PRINTER.

Choose ADD A LOCAL PRINTER. Click on CREATE A NEW PORT. Select in the drop down box, LOCAL PORT. Click NEXT.

A dialogue box will appear asking you to enter a port name. Type in: \\computername\printername

In Vista

Go to CONTROL PANEL. Choose PRINTER. The choose ADD PRINTER.

Choose ADD A LOCAL PRINTER. Click on CREATE A NEW PORT. Select in the drop down box, LOCAL PORT. Click NEXT.

A dialogue box will appear asking you to enter a port name. Type in: \\computername\printername

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