I'm setting up a new Windows 7 x64 laptop and I'm running into the following problem:
I have a Canon IP6700D printer attached to a desktop machine running 32 bit Vista. The printer is shared. I am trying to connect to it from a new Win 7 x64 laptop. When I first tried to connect to the printer, it was found, but Win 7 claimed it couldn't find a driver for the printer. There was no 64 bit Win 7 driver on the Canon website. I emailed Canon, and their response was, "the driver is built into Win 7, you should physically connect the printer to the computer and the driver will be loaded."
So I did this, and I got all the nice PnP popups, and the driver was installed. I fired up Winword and printed a document, and everything looked great.
Then I disconnected the printer from the laptop, plugged it back into my Vista machine, and once again tried to connect to the printer as a shared printer. I go into the Add Printer dialog, and the shared printer is found, but when I select it and click Next, it goes right back into the "Connecting to Canon iP6700D on .... / Checking Windows Update. This might take a while..." dance. Which of course fails, or I wouldn't be writing this. Error message is "No driver found. Windows can't find a driver for Canon iP6700D on the network. To locate one manually, click Ok...."
So is there any way to make this configuration work? Do I need to share the printer differently, or install different drivers on the Vista machine, or what? Do I need to buy a new printer?
Thanks in advance.