A common problem I encountered with clients attempting to share a printer connected to a Windows XP computer with Windows 7/8/10. There are many people out there who have connected USB printers connected to a computer, sometimes even to a Windows XP computer.
If you get a new laptop with Windows 7/8/10, it is advisable to share the printer so that any computer can print to it. Unfortunately, trying to print to a shared printer on XP from Windows 7/8/10 is not as simple as it should be!
In this article I will show you the steps for sharing the printer from XP to Windows 7/8/10. I suppose your printer is directly connected to a Windows XP machine and you want to print from a Windows 7/8/10 machine.
Set up printer sharing
Step 1 : First make sure the printer on the XP machine is shared. You can do this by right-clicking on the printer and choosing Sharing .
Click on the radio button Share this printer and assign a share name to the printer. Make sure it is less than 8 characters and contains no symbols.
Step 2 : make sure you can see printer sharing from the network browsing area in Windows 7/8/10. You can do this by going to the Control Panel and clicking Network and Internet .
Then click View computers and devices from network in the Network and Sharing Center.
At this point, you should see the name of your XP computer in the computer list. My XP machine is called Aseem.
Double-click on the computer name and you should see your shared printer in the list. Here you can try adding the printer by right-clicking on it and choosing Connect .
If everything works perfectly, Windows 7/8/10 should automatically add the printer to the printer set. However, if you receive a "Unable to connect to printer" message, follow the next steps.
Step 3 : Click Start, then click Devices and printers . At the top, click on the link Add printer .
Step 4 : then select Add a local printer . Yes, it seems counterintuitive, but that's what you have to do!
Step 5 : Then, click Create a new port and select Local door from the list of options.
Step 6 : Click Next and in the box First name door, type in the path of the shared printer. It should be something like Aseem HXP, where Aseem is the name of your XP machine and HPXP is the shared name of the printer.
Step 7 : Now select the printer driver from the list or download the latest printer driver and choose Disk driver. Note that if the printer is a little older, it is a good idea to download the Windows 7/8/10 driver for the printer and before clicking on Have Disk.
This all! Windows 7/8/10 will load the driver and you will be able to print on the XP machine from Windows 7/8/10! The main things to remember are sharing the XP printer and downloading the latest printer driver on the Windows 7/8/10 machine.
If you have trouble sharing your printer on XP and printing from Windows 7/8/10, post a comment here and I will try to help you! To enjoy!