How do I install a printer in XP Mode?

I installed virtual machine and xp mode on my windows 7 professional machine. I cannot get a specific printer to load. It is parallel and I have a usb to parallel adapter installed. I cam print from Windows 7 programs to it but cannot get to it in xp mode. What am I doing wrong?
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Hi Seaavee,

 

-       Do you receive any error message while installing printer?

 

 

However, there are several methods you can use to make a printer available to a virtual machine. The methods you can use are affected by whether a printer driver is available for Windows 7 and whether the printer is a local USB printer or a network printer. You also can use the XPS format when your computer is configured to support this method of printing. This scenario describes all of these methods.

 

To share a local USB printer:

Note: This method is appropriate when the printer driver is available for both the Windows 7 host operating system and the guest operating system. You only need to complete these steps once per virtual machine. This procedure assumes you have verified that the printer is working in the host operating system.

  1. Make sure the printer is turned on and that the printer driver is available for installation. For example, you can install the driver from the internet or from a CD.
  2. Attach the printer to the virtual machine. From the virtual machine window, click USB and then click Attach-device name.
  3. Install the printer driver in the guest operating system. You can install the driver from the internet or from a CD.
  4. Release the printer from the virtual machine. From the virtual machine window, click USB and then click Release-device name.
  5. Restart the virtual machine. From the virtual machine window, click Action and then click Restart.
  6. Navigate to the virtual machine desktop, and log on if necessary. (You will be logged in automatically if you saved the credentials.)
  7. The printer will be available for use in both the host operating system and the guest operating system.
  To configure a network printer for a virtual machine:
  1. Navigate to the virtual machine desktop, and log on if necessary. (You will be logged in automatically if you saved the credentials.)
  2. Open Control Panel, and then open Printers.
  3. Click Add Printer. The Add Printer Wizard opens.
  4. On the Local or Network Printer page, select the network printer option and complete the wizard.

If you are running Windows XP as the guest operating system, you must manually install the printer driver for each printer you want to use. The following steps describe this process.

To install a printer driver in Windows XP:
  1. Click Start, and then click Printers and Faxes.
  2. Under Printer Tasks, click Add a printer. The Add Printer Wizard opens.
  3. On the Local or Network Printer page, select Local printer attached to this computer and clear Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer.
  4. On the Select a Printer Port page, click the drop-down control and select one of the TS number ports and click Next.
  5. On the Install Printer Software page, select Windows Update or Have Disk and complete the wizard.
  To print from a virtual machine:

1.     Navigate to the virtual machine desktop, and log on if necessary. (You will be logged in automatically if you saved the credentials.)

2.     Do one of the following:

·         From the desktop of the virtual machine, right-click a file and click Print.

·         Open any application that includes a print option, and then use the print command.

3.     All printers available to the virtual machine are listed. Select a printer, and then click OK.

 

Also you may access the link below to find more information about using Windows XP mode:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744684(WS.10).aspx

 

Hope this helps. Let us know the results.

 

Thanks and Regards,

 

Srinivas R

Microsoft Support.

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