Printer sharing using Windows 7 and Windows XP

I have a Canon MP470 printer attached via USB to my Windows 7 computer. My other home computer has Windows XP for the operating system. I do not have a firewall active and both use a wireless router to connect to the Internet. I want to be able to print from the Windows XP computer via the wireless network. I had it set up before when both were on XP but I have a new computer and now I cannot get it to set up. Any ideas?

I am assuming that you know how to and have made the necessary share permissions on the computer which is hosting the printer.


To share a network printer being hosted by a computer running a 32 bit operating system with another computer running a 32 bit operating system, Vista or XP, you would go to Control Panel > ‘Printers’ > ‘Add Printer’ > ‘Add a network printer’.  Apologies if you consider that I am stating the obvious.


Sharing a printer being hosted by a computer running 32 bit Vista or XP with a computer running 64 bit Vista is not obvious, because if you use the above method, it will not work.

The following procedure works regardless of OS bit type..  

So how? First, you need to know the name of the computer which hosts the printer, and the name of the printer to be shared.


Sitting at the host computer: The procedure is the same for Vista and XP


Start > My Computer > Properties > Computer Name tab > Change button. Write down the name that you see here because this is the computer name.


Start > Settings > Printers and Faxes > Right click on the printer to be shared > Properties > Sharing tab. Write down the name that you see here because this is the printer name.


OK. Now sit in front of the Vista 64 computer:


Start > Control Panel > Printers > Add printer > Add a local printer > Click on ‘Create a new port’ > ‘Local Port’ > ‘Next’.


The port name will look like this: \\Computer name\printer name

So enter the names already retrieved, ensuring that you use the same format, then click ‘OK’.


At this point, you will be presented with the ‘Add New Hardware’ process. You can either select the make and model of your printer from the lists or insert your printer installation disk if you can’t find yours. The printer will be added, and you should be able to print a test page.

Mike Hall MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
Windows 10 Pro - Start10 - part of a local network which is a '3rd party optimizer-free' zone..

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Last updated March 13, 2018 Views 2,440 Applies to: