Printer sharing between Windows 7 (printer host) and Windows XP. (Additional Drivers problem)


I have my Canon Pixma ip4000 installed and working on a Windows 7 (x64) machine, furthermore I have a laptop running Windows XP (x86). The two PCs find eachother in the 'WORKGROUP' and the printer is visible from the Windows XP machine as well.

I 2xclick the printer in 'WORKGROUP' and it wants to find the proper driver (x86) to install to the machine. On the Windows 7 machine I have to have the driver for the XP machine to find and install. - So I go to the sharing properties of the printer and click the 'Additional Drivers' button which lets me choose between 3 things; Itanium (Type 3 - User mode), x64 (installed) and finally x86 which is the one I of course need for it to work with XP x86.

I go and download the Canon driver for Windows XP x86, and try to add it via the 'Additional Driver' option, i find the proper '.inf' from the newly downloaded folder and click OK.
But this message follows:
"The specified location does not contain the driver Canon Inkjet PIXMA iP4000 for the requested processor architecture." - Even though I KNOW its the right driver.

How do I solve this issue?

NB: I tried having the driver on the laptop and via the 'WORKGROUP' adding the printer, but it wont work either.

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Last updated November 6, 2018 Views 4,475 Applies to:
I would do this in stages, as you perhaps did in the last step:
1. Connect the printer to the WinXP machine, then install the driver.
2. Connect the printer to the Windows 7 machine, then add it on the Windows XP machine as a shared printer.
Perhaps you did the same thing but your comment "it won't work either" does not tell us a great deal.
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