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Sharing a printer between a Vista Home Premium and XP Media Center Computer

I've been unsuccessful in trying to share an HP 5440 printer between a Vista (SP1) Home Premium computer and XP Media Center computer.

The printer is hooked up to the XP computer via USB and both computers are "wired" to the D-Link Gaming Router and computers are separated in the house (upstairs/downstairs).

Can someone please assist. Thanks..

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  • cavman6 Apr 15, 2008

    01 - Cannot access yet as the File Sharing option is turned off after the last attempt.

    02/03 - Windows Firewall (installed on computer) on Vista and

    Symantec on the XP.

    04 - Both have internet access.

    05 - Printer currently works with the XP computer

    06 - Both computers have the same workgroup name.

    07-09 - I'll have to check after these adjustments

    10/11 - I'm confused on. Are you saying for me to create the

    exact user name/password on the XP system that is on the

    Vista system (I mainly use the Vista system).

    Is it possible to enable this to where I just boot up (not log onto) the XP system and be able to print something from the Vista system?

  • cavman6 Apr 16, 2008

    Yes, I was able (with your info) to get the Vista box to print through my XP box. Wooo Hooo!!

    Thanks for the Help!


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Hi cavman6

(01) Is the Vista computer able to access ANY shared resources at all on the XP machine?

(02) Are you running any firewall software (other than the firewall built into the operating system) on either computer?

(03) If you are, please, let us know which firewall software it is and, for now, please, disable it.

(04) Do both these computers have Internet access? (I'm assuming they do but I do need to ask.)

(05) Is the printer currently ONLINE and working properly w/ the XP machine?


(06) Assign *both* computers to the same network WORKGROUP.

(07) Ensure that file and print sharing are enabled on the XP machine. If you'd like, do so on the Vista system, too.
(A) How to on Windows XP
(B) How to on Windows Vista

(08) "Share" the printer on the XP machine (in printer properties).

(09) Can each computer now see itself AND the other computer on the network?

(10) Have you added your user name and password that you're using on the Vista system to the users list on the XP system?

(11) If you haven't done so already, please, do this. The user name should have a password associated w/ it. So, if you aren't using a password on your Vista system profile, assign one then add that user's credentials to the users list on the XP system.

Please, post back here w/ what you've tried and the results, your observations and any other comments or questions.

Thank you
BJ @:)

Posted on Apr 15, 2008

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    B Joan Rapier Apr 15, 2008

    Once you assign ratings to the experts' contributions, the problem will be automatically closed and we'll no longer be able to assist you. So, please, wait until your problem has been resolved - *then* rate the contributors and choose a "Best Solution" . As long as the problem remains open, we can continue to work w/ you on it.

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    B Joan Rapier Apr 15, 2008

    Response to 10/11:

    Yes. That is correct. Windows Media Center edition of XP is essentially Windows XP Pro w/ some entertainment bells and whistles thrown in. Security is more exacting on the Pro than on the Home editions. Between Home editions you can get away w/ no password. No w/ Pro-level editions of Microsoft operating systems (including Vista Premium and Ultimate).

    You must be an authorized user of shared resources on the XP machine in order to access them from your Vista machine. (and vice versa)

    You *must* add the *exact* user (w/ the exact same password) that you use on your Vista system to the users list on the XP machine.


    If you're using Symantec (NIS) Norton Internet Security), you'll need to add your LAN or its subnet as a trusted network. e.g. ( or You may also need to add your Vista computer as a "Trusted" computer. It depends upon the current configuration and which particular Symantec Firewall software you are using.

    If you need assistance w/ this, please, let me know what version of Symantec firewall you have running on the XP machine.

    For now, *disable* the Symantec firewall on the XP system and Windows firewall on the Vista system. Until this is all sorted out, we want to keep all the variables to a minimum as much as possible.

    Please, post back w/ your results, questions, etc. By the way, I just happened to find your comments when reviewing "solutions" I had posted today. I did not get a notification of your added comments as I should have. So, if you don't hear back from me, that is why. In that event, click on my ASK ME button to notify me you've added comments, etc. I'll find out what's going on w/ the FixYa notification system.

    Thank you


  • B Joan Rapier
    B Joan Rapier Apr 15, 2008

    Please, see THESE directions for up file sharing on 'XP.

    HERE is another link that may be helpful to you as well.

  • B Joan Rapier
    B Joan Rapier Apr 16, 2008

    Ahhh, since you've assigned a rating and a "Best Solution", I'll make the bold assumption that everything's cookin' now, yes? :)

    Excellent! If you have any more questions at all on this or any other topic, please, come back to FixYa. We're here to help.

    Thank you, too for the FixYa rating! :)

    Thank you for using FixYa. Happy computing!

  • B Joan Rapier
    B Joan Rapier Apr 16, 2008

    Fabulous! I know tha Wooo! Hooo! feeling. Great ain't it? Feels like you've taken down Goliath.

    Congrats! and Enjoy!

    BJ @:)


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