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How do I link my laptop on XP by wireless router to my husbands printer he has just upgraded to Microsoft 7?It worked ok until he upgraded but now we have lost the link!
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Sharing folders between two Windows 7 machines with the new HomeGroup feature is an easy process, but the HomeGroup feature is not compatible with Vista or XP. For this tutorial we are using Windows 7 x64 RC1 and XP Professional SP3 connected through a basic Linksys home wireless router.

First make sure both machines are members of the same Workgroup which by default is named Workgroup.

workgroup

On the Windows 7 machine go into Control Panel \ All Control Panel Items \ Network and Sharing Center then click on Change advanced sharing settings.

network and sharing

advanced

You will want to verify the following settings under Advanced Sharing Settings for the Home or Work and Public profile.

home or work settings

If you want any user to have access the public shares turn off password XXXXX This is located in Advanced Sharing Settings toward the bottom of the list.

turn off pw

If you want to keep it enabled make sure there is a log in account for the other XP machines and they have a password.

create pw

Now if you go into Network in Windows 7 you should see your XP machine and the Windows 7 as well which in this case is Mysticgeek-PC.

Explorer

To share the printer on the Windows 7 machine go into Devices and Printers from the Start menu and double click on the printer icon.

devices

Next double click on "Customize your printer".

1 Printer

In the Properties screen click on the Sharing Tab and check the box to share the printer and type in its share name.

2 printer share

If your XP machine is an x86 OS you can install Additional Drivers before setting up the XP machine.

3 Printer add drivers

To find the shared folders and devices double click on the Windows 7 machine icon under Network. Here you can see the printer connected to my Windows 7 machine is shared and also the Users Folder.

shared device and users

Continue into the Users folder and Public to see the shared folders, here I also created a folder called XP Share just to keep everything in central location.

xpshare

Over on your XP machine open up My Network Places to find the Windows 7 (mysticgeek-pc) shared folder.

My Network Places

Double click on the Share folder to find a list of shared folders in the Public folder on Windows 7. If you have password XXXXX enabled you will need to type in the username and password XXXXX the user account on the Windows 7 machine first.

folders

Setup XP With Shared Printer

To set up the shared printer in XP you will need to go into Printers and Faxes from the Start menu and kick off the Add Printer Wizard.

add Printer

Now select "A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer" then hit Next.

network option

Next select "Connect to this printer..." and type in the path for the printer connected to the Windows 7 machine and click next.

print

Now click Yes to the confirmation message.

confirm msg

Then click Finish the printer to install and complete the Wizard.

Complete

In some cases you will need to install the x86 XP drivers for the shared printer because the Windows 7 drivers are not compatible with XP. When everything is installed open up Printers and Faxes to find the shared printer.

in explorer

This should help you get started with sharing your files and other devices with your Windows 7 machine. When I first started I was able to see the printer on XP right away because I had a HomeGroup set up, but once I deleted it I needed to share the printer like you would for a workgroup. You might also have to do a couple restarts of the XP machine for it to see the shared resources on Windows 7.

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