Technical help needed please with windows 7

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hi guys

i have my main pc running windows xp and have my epson printer attached to this, i want to know how to share this printer with my laptop that is running windows 7.
i know google is my friend and i have spent the last 2 hours reading and trying differant things with no avail, so i thought id ask the experts........ you guys! :thumbsup:

i have tried to upgrade home pc to windows 7 but it doesnt like it and keeps blue screening so cant do that.

cheers in advance

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just use the epson driver disks for drivers then add printer, is it wireless printer

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wickedteen;7508315

just use the epson driver disks for drivers then add printer, is it … just use the epson driver disks for drivers then add printer, is it wireless printer



hi i dont think the r320 is wireless is it???

so how do you want to share it, is the laptop wireless, if so you should be able to pickup the printer as shared , open your network connections, it should be in there

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wickedteen;7508365

so how do you want to share it, is the laptop wireless, if so you should … so how do you want to share it, is the laptop wireless, if so you should be able to pickup the printer as shared , open your network connections, it should be in there



hi yes my home pc and laptop are both wireless and connected to the web through my router, i have looked on windows 7 but it isnt picking up the printer,

Have you tried this?

("Stand alone" Network printers can be done slightly similarly BTW).

assume the computers are call XPMACHINE and W7MACHINE.

1) Ensure Printer on XP machine is shared - assume it's called SHAREDPRINTER.

2) On the Network Browsing on your Windows 7 machine ensure you can "See" the Printer share.

Now on the Windows 7 machine do the following (doesn't matter if it's X-86 or x-64).

3) Control Panel==> add LOCAL (Yes LOCAL) printer. I know it's on a Network but hold your horses -- what we are actually doing is "Poodlefaking" the Windows 7 machine into thinking it's running the printer.

4) Create NEW port==>Local port

5) Portname is \\XPMACHINE\SHAREDPRINTER

6) Now Windows 7 will load a driver and you'll be able to print on the XP machine.

Simple

(For a "Network stand alone printer") at 4) chose TCPIP port
and at 5) enter the IP address.


If the printer is on the Windows 7 machine and you want to print on the XP machine then do the same instructions on the XP machine --
port name in this case will be \\W7MACHINE\SHAREDPRINTER

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Outrunner;7508517

Have you tried this?("Stand alone" Network printers can be done slightly … Have you tried this?("Stand alone" Network printers can be done slightly similarly BTW).assume the computers are call XPMACHINE and W7MACHINE.1) Ensure Printer on XP machine is shared - assume it's called SHAREDPRINTER.2) On the Network Browsing on your Windows 7 machine ensure you can "See" the Printer share.Now on the Windows 7 machine do the following (doesn't matter if it's X-86 or x-64).3) Control Panel==> add LOCAL (Yes LOCAL) printer. I know it's on a Network but hold your horses -- what we are actually doing is "Poodlefaking" the Windows 7 machine into thinking it's running the printer.4) Create NEW port==>Local port5) Portname is \\XPMACHINE\SHAREDPRINTER6) Now Windows 7 will load a driver and you'll be able to print on the XP machine.Simple(For a "Network stand alone printer") at 4) chose TCPIP portand at 5) enter the IP address.If the printer is on the Windows 7 machine and you want to print on the XP machine then do the same instructions on the XP machine --port name in this case will be \\W7MACHINE\SHAREDPRINTERhttp://www.sevenforums.com/network-sharing/4602-xp-7-printer-sharing.html



many thanks for that and it looks quite straight forward except im stuck on part 2 :oops:

sorry i'm not a big fan of windows 7 its a bit complex for me

should be simple?
ensure printer is shared on main comp
on your laptop open start menu, select devices and printers
near the top of the folder select add a printer
select add network/wireless printer
if printer is shared it should be listed

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athunder;7508795

should be simple?ensure printer is shared on main compon your laptop open … should be simple?ensure printer is shared on main compon your laptop open start menu, select devices and printersnear the top of the folder select add a printerselect add network/wireless printerif printer is shared it should be listed



do the 2 comps need to be networked together?

yvonne1174;7508848

do the 2 comps need to be networked together?



umm, yes i think so, been a while since i set my network up

so if you haven't done it, run the network wizards on both computers

when its set up properly, you should be able to see the name of the other computer listed in the "network" section, then you should be able to find the printer

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athunder;7508962

umm, yes i think so, been a while since i set my network upso if you … umm, yes i think so, been a while since i set my network upso if you haven't done it, run the network wizards on both computers



This is were im getting stuck as the 2 OS's dont seem compatable

they are compatible, sort of, i have win 7 on this and can connect to other computers on my network(1 has vista and 1 has XP)

dont use the homegroup network in win 7, that is for win 7 machines only

the first part of this guide can help you set up sharing options on your win 7 machine, unfortuantly the rest is how to set up with the printer on the win 7 which won't help much

howtogeek.com/how…xp/

The fact that they're running XP and Seven won't stop you doing it, at most you'll have to change different settings for each machine.

Start from the beginning, how are the two machines connected? Are they attached to the same router?

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EndlessWaves;7509670

The fact that they're running XP and Seven won't stop you doing it, at … The fact that they're running XP and Seven won't stop you doing it, at most you'll have to change different settings for each machine.Start from the beginning, how are the two machines connected? Are they attached to the same router?



hi

they are both connected wirelessly to the internet through the same router. they are not networked together, this is the part were im getting stuck

The first thing you needto check is whether your printer is Win7 compatible. Tech specs at Epson's site says it is not compatible. Supported OS are "Microsoft® Windows® 98 Me/2000/XP and Macintosh® "

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Edit: On another page it mentions "Inbox" driver availability. (Inbox drivers are supplied with the operating system and can be installed via the Windows 7 "Add a printer" wizard. If a Download driver is also available, we recommend downloading the latest driver from the Epson website and installing it in preference to the Inbox driver.)

Have a look at ]this page. (Good luck!)
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