cant see shared printer on XP box from windows 98 box

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by Bob, Feb 4, 2004.

  1. Bob

    Bob Guest

    I bought a new computer running XP Home edition. I gave
    the old computer running windows 98 to my wife. I
    connected my printer to my new xp box and shared it. My
    son's XP box can see it, my wife's 98 box can see the XP
    box and shared files but not the printer. Under share
    printer it mentions for other versions of windows you can
    install drivers, I tried and it won't load because it
    isn't digitally signed for XP. Well DUH!!! it's the
    windows 98 driver... Any ideas?
    Bob, Feb 4, 2004
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  2. Visit the printer manufacturers web-site and download the XP driver. You
    cannot install a 98 driver into XP. That's why it's called a 98
    specify Win98.

    Carey Holzman, Feb 4, 2004
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  3. A shared printer should be visible whether or not a driver program for
    it has been loaded.

    The most likely problem is that the printer's share name is longer
    than 12 characters. In that case, XP can see the printer, but 98

    You can load the 98 drivers on XP for installation over the network on
    the 98 box, but it isn't necessary. Just load the 98 drivers on 98
    when installing the printer.
    Steve Winograd [MVP], Feb 4, 2004
  4. That's not right, Carey. You can install a 98 driver into XP. See
    the Windows XP Help topic "Add printer drivers for other versions of
    Windows" for details.

    Does your web site have the answer to this peer-to-peer networking
    question? If not, I suggest that you stop claiming that your web site
    solves all peer-to-peer networking problems.
    Steve Winograd [MVP], Feb 4, 2004
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    abdulhakim Guest

    abdulhakim, Feb 6, 2004
  6. What's the share name of the printer? More than 12 characters, or
    containing a space, or containing a punctuation character?
    Richard G. Harper, Feb 6, 2004
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