Windows 10: Cannot add printer shared by Windows 10 to Windows XP.

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  1.    08 Jun 2016 #11

    I have read your post and got some hints, but it continued not to work.
    When I was on the xp machine and selected the printer it asked for user and password.
    ALthough I had the same users and psws in the two pcs (and I used them) it did not work.
    Maybe the difference is in the Xp version (professional or not)
    The workgroup is the same
    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there

    Here's an extract from a reallyold post I made -- Works for W10 too.


    Hi Mods
    Maybe you can make this a sticky -- often comes up and I posted a solution yesterday which works.
    ..............extract from previous post .....
    Hi there
    I've posted on this before but to share Printers attached to XP computers with either X-64 or X-32 versions of W7 is SIMPLE. These instructions are for the Printer attached to the XP machine (but works in reverse as well).

    ("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 W7 machine ensure you can "See" the Printer share.

    Now on the W7 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 W7 machine into thinking it's running the printer.

    4) Create NEW port==>Local port


    6) Now W7 will load a driver and you'll be able to print on the XP machine.


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

    If the printer is on the W7 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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  2.    09 Jun 2016 #12

    Hi there

    you have to enable network and printer sharing on both PC's. Does the W10 see your printer when you try and check it with \\printername or \\ipaddress if it's a network printer (I.e not connected to a computer but just to a LAN either via cable or wifi).

    If you are accessing the printer from W10 machine it will need a W10 driver (probably X-64). The XP driver is a 32 bit one. A w8 driver might also work if you can't find a W10 one and often even a W7 one will work too.

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