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Thread: Vista print problem with shared XP printer

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    Ken Varn Guest

    Vista print problem with shared XP printer

    I have had an annoying problem with my home PCs that is driving me nuts. I
    cannot solve an issue with trying to access a Windows XP shared printer from
    a Vista Ultimate PC. I have read several articles on this on the web and
    tried a lot of the suggestions, but I am still not getting anywhere with
    this. My User accounts cannot print from Vista to the shared XP printer.
    The printer status shows Error - Printing. I have opened up the security
    permissions on the printer share to include Everyone, Guests, Users,
    Anonymous Users with full access, and I still get this error. My
    Administrator account does not have any problems printing from Vista.

    Both computers are on the same workgroup. Both computers have identical
    user accounts with identical passwords and permission sets. The printer is
    an HP C4100. I checked with HP and I have the latest print driver.

    I have tried adding the shared printer using both local and shared printer
    settings, but still no luck.

    Both computers have all of the latest service packs and updates.

    I am at my wits end trying to fix this. Please can someone give me some
    advice on how to get this working.

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    Mr. Arnold Guest

    Re: Vista print problem with shared XP printer

    What you should do if you have a router in play here is go get a print
    server that works with Vista and XP, plug the print server into a LAN port
    on the router, and plug the printer into the print server. That way, the
    printer is on the network and no computer hosts the printer with each one
    being able to print to the printer connected to the print server

    Print servers are cheap. I got one a couple of years ago, and the Linux and
    Windows machines on the network sent the printout to the print server and to
    the printer to be printed

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    Mick Murphy Guest

    RE: Vista print problem with shared XP printer

    Ok, you say you have your Network set up; I'll skip that!
    Run XP's File and printer sharing; info below.

    Then, in vista's Network and Sharing>Add Network device>Browse to XP's
    Printer>Add it.
    You say you have the printer's Vista Driver already installed in Vista
    computer for it.

    Have a read of the above link re Vista File and Printer Sharing.

    Permissions/Share info is there as well.

    If using Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro I.S., make sure file and printer
    sharing is enabled in THEIR firewall (or LAN allowed, depending on how their
    Exceptions are worded in their Firewall)

    Also, run the XP’s Home or Small Office Network File and Printer Sharing
    Wizard to include Vista in your “New” Network, even if you had an XP Network
    set up prior to adding a Vista computer to it(redoing the Wizard seems to
    work for XP machines!).

    In “My Network Places”: “Set up a Home or Small Office Network”
    OR under Accessories > Communications > Network Setup Wizard > Allow File
    and Printer Sharing.

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    Varn Guest

    Re: Vista print problem with shared XP printer

    I have done everthing you have said several timess.

    My admin and Power User accounts work fine. My regular User accounts do not
    work. I have openned up the printer access to everyone, users, guests, you
    name it. I
    don't want to have to make my user accounts into Power Users, but I may have
    no choice.

    Here is an Event Viewer log entry for one of the attempts:

    The document,
    owned by Jody, failed to print on printer HP Photosmart C4100 series on
    Varnhome1 Port. Try to print the document again, or restart the print

    Data type: NT EMF 1.008. Size of the spool file in bytes: 327680. Number of
    bytes printed: 0. Total number of pages in the document: 2. Number of pages
    printed: 0. Client computer: \\VARNHOME2. Win32 error code returned by the
    print processor: 1327. Logon failure: user account restriction. Possible
    reasons are blank passwords not allowed, logon hour restrictions, or a
    policy restriction has been enforced.

    Note that I do use logon time restrictions for the user accounts, but the
    time period when the print job was submitted is within the allowed period.

  5. #5
    Patrick C Guest

    Re: Vista print problem with shared XP printer

    I had a similar problem and after checking Google I found the following
    procedure and it worked do it on the Vista machine;

    "I had the same problem. I found a solution. Logically it makes no sense to
    me, but it worked so...

    Go to Control Panel. Choose printer. Then choose Add Printer.

    ChooseAdd a local printer. Click on Create a new port. The default in the
    drop down box is Local Port. Do not change that. Click Next.

    A dialogue box will appear asking for you to enter a port name. Type in the
    \\computer name\printer name ie. My computer's name is basement and the
    printer name is EpsonSty so I typed in \\basement\epsonsty."

    Hope it works for you.

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    Substral Guest

    Re: Vista print problem with shared XP printer

    I have to bump up old thread, since it solved my problem as well.. The
    thing was a bit different; Vista Update told me it has new drivers for
    my Samsung SCX-4300 printer/scanner and as per usual, I installed them.
    My homeserver running Windows XP 32bit is hosting the scanner. Well,
    after booting the Vista 64bit (my main computer), all the printing
    seized. Nothing worked since, removed and added the printer few times,
    tried to add Vista 64bit drivers on XP's shared printer drivers (haha,
    no luck there).

    After reading this thread through, I used the "add as local printer"
    -trick. I also boosted this by selecting the old drivers and told Vista
    to overwrite the ones currently in use. I take it that new drivers can't
    work with XPs old drivers. Don't know, but this helped.


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