I have a shared computer that is hooked up to a printer through my network. The desktop runs XP and the laptop runs Vista. I can print with my laptop but it is all blurry. The desktop prints fine. Can you help?
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To get ahead of myself and answer your question first, your Win 7 machine may automatically load a driver for your shared printer.
Please have a look at the procedure below: (these instructions assume that your XP machine is sharing the HP printer and that your Win 7 laptop can "see" your network and the shared printer connected to your XP desktop computer)
On the Win7 machine, follow these steps:
1) In "Control Panel" click "Add local printer" 2) Create New Port > Local port 3) Port Name is "\\xpcomputername\printername" - without the quotes
(insert the XP's real network name and your printer's real name in the above location)
4) Click <OK>
5) Windows 7 should automatically load a driver allowing you to print on the HP connected to the XP from the Win7 laptop.
The printer drivers must be installed on each computer. If computer A runs XP, you must install driver for XP on computert A; If machine B runs Vista, then you must install printer drivers for Vista on machine B.
I assume you have a wireless network set up with a wireless router, since you said you have a wireless laptop. You need to share the printer on the desktop. You also need to set up both computers to be on the same network (for example, WORKGROUP or MSHOME, or a name of your choosing).Once shared and on the same network, you can go to the laptop and add a printer--just tell it that it is a network printer. A caution--to work without further hassle, both computers need to be running the same version of Windows. If not, you'll need the driver disk for the system on your laptop.
If you connect the printer to the desktop computer and enable file and printer sharing on that computer. You will then need to go into printers and faxes and share your printer. Then go to the laptop and browse the network so you are looking at the desktop computer. You should see a folder that says printers. Open the printers folder and you should see the printer you just shared. Double click on it to install the shared printer on your laptop.
Now when you print from the laptop, you will print to the shared printer that you just installed (you may have to select it from the printer list). That will send the print job through the network to the desktop and the desktop will send it to the printer (the desktop will need to be turned on for you to be able to print).
If you don't want to have to leave your destop turned on just so you can print, you should look at a print server for your printer. That will connect the printer straight to the network. Then both computers will print to the printer over the network.
Accessing a Shared Printer To access a shared printer from a computer running Windows Vista, do the following:
Click Start, and then click Network. The Network window displays a list of computers in the workgroup of the computer.
Double-click the name of the computer containing the shared printer that you want to access.
Right-click the shared printer that you want to access, and then click Connect. Alternately, you can double-click on Printers to see just the list of shared printers, and then right-click the shared printer that you want to access, and then click Connect.
you have connected to the shared printer, you will be able to print to
this shared printer as long as the printer and the computer sharing the
printer are turned on.
please note that in network the computer that has the network printer if it is running XP may take as long as 15minutes to be recognized.
Are they both under the same network? Can the pc find the laptop under network connections and vice versa? If not, then right-click my computer, go to properties, go to the tab 'Computer Name' click on the button change, and make it part of a workgroup of your choice of name. Do this for both making them part of the SAME workgroup. Then, make your printer shared under that workgroup.