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Posible XP Vista compatability issue?

I have almost set up my network completely, only one issue, I can't print from my Vista laptop from my printer connected to my XP desktop. I can see the printer icon in the shared printer folder, it just won't let me connect. If I plug the printer into my laptop I have no problem printing from my desktop. I have done all the obvious trouble shooting like turning off all my firewalls on the CPU's and router, and I still can't connect. I have all the current drivers and software for the printer installed on both computers.

What else can I do so I can print wireless from my laptop?

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