How can I overcome Windows XP and Windows 7 shared printer problems?

Bonnie November 14, 2012


I’m upgrading the computers at work from Windows XP to Windows 7 and not all computers in the one office might get upgraded at the same time. They are using a shared printer and when I upgrade one computer to 7 all of the other computers using XP can no longer print to the printer.

When they print you need to assist the printer because it prompts t0 load glossy paper. To correct this I have to go to each XP computer and change the printer driver – shouldn’t there be an eaiser way?

  1. kumar raja
    November 27, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Configure Correctly and absolutely it will work with both

  2. Eath Chantrea
    November 18, 2012 at 5:25 am

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  3. Rich Mc.
    November 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    You will probably keep having issues until you do a complete change over to one OS. Good luck.

  4. Jim Chambers
    November 15, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Use a wired print server or a wired network printer. Wireless can be a real pain and seems to go down when you need it the most.

  5. Jan Fritsch
    November 14, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    1. Have you installed the proper [version compatible] driver on the system the printer is shared from? If you upgrade the machine the printer is shared from to Windows 7 you will also have to update the printer driver on this machine.

    2. Have you tried doing it the other way around? Connect and share the printer on a system that stays on Windows XP for now.

  6. Douglas Mutay
    November 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    The kind of headache that it most likely to happen until you finish upgrading all your PC. Sorry

  7. Naveen Kumar
    November 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm
  8. Boni Oloff
    November 14, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Does the upgraded system using the Windows 7?
    Are you already configure it correctly, and make the printer shared?

  9. ha14
    November 14, 2012 at 8:28 am

    HomeGroup = Works only between Win 7 computers.

  10. susendeep dutta
    November 14, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Firstly,make sure there is no Firewall blocking access to anything required for your printing tasks.Next is to make sure that XP and & computers are in same workgroup -

  11. Anonymous
    November 14, 2012 at 7:03 am

    The easy way would be to use a print server to control all of the jobs. Every user prints to the print server and that server then handles the actual spooling and printer control issues. By doing it this way, one computer's altered settings for a print job will not have the opportunity to carry over into the next user's job which is what is probably happening here.

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