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can't find network printer on vista pc using 98 pc, can w/XP

by Bubbator / March 22, 2007 1:25 PM PDT

Hi,
I have 4 pc's: 2 win 98's, 1 winXP, and a new win Vista.
One of the 98 computers had the printer (hp deskjet series 5550).
I took the printer off that pentium II win 98 box (pc due to retire) and installed the printer
directly connected to the new Vista box. That went well. (enough). I added the printer as a network printer to the win XP machine, and printed a test page. Wow, that went well!
I tried to "add printer" on the pentium 4 win 98 box. :.-< "Browse for network printer" will not find the printer connected to the Vista box. I can't guess a path to the printer that works from the 98 box.


In XP shared printer is ok, in 98 "add printer" can't find shared printer, printer works well locally in Vista.

How do I use Vista printer from Win 98 computer?

Thanks!
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Need to add "Additional Drivers" for specified OS
by Scottwang / March 26, 2007 12:26 AM PDT

Hey,
What needs to happen: Go into Properties of your Printer on Vista and under the Sharing tab click on "Additional Drivers" and check Win 98, this should do the trick. It might want the drivers disk to do this, if you dont have a disk, google for win98 drivers.

This is the process to add drivers to an XP box, the Vista process might be a little different, but similar, look around for similar settings or titles to the ones I mentioned.

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Thanks!
by Bubbator / March 26, 2007 8:24 AM PDT

Whoa! That makes sense! I will give it a try.
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d'oh
by Bubbator / March 26, 2007 8:56 AM PDT

In fact, it turns out that I added XP that way. In Vista when I go to add drivers I get to choose by *processor*, not OS. That's why I did not remember doing this.
The choices are: Itanium, x64, x86.
I'm beginning to feel non-supported by Vista!
Still, I oughtta be able to *find* the shared printer. I'm gonna go look for it again.
Thanks Scottwang!

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