Jan 09, 2009 - 12:56 PM
1: Ensure that both machines belong to the same workgroup
a. On the vista machine, click start menu and right click on the computer icon. Select properties. On the left side of the new window that opens, select advanced system settings. Confirm 'continue' on the security warning and another window should open up. Select the 'Computer Name' tab. Note the name under workgroup.
b. On the XP machine, Press start, right click on My Computer icon, select Properties and on the new window select the Computer name tab. If it is different than the Vista machine, change it and reboot when it asks.
2: Ensure that the printer is actually shared on the XP machine. Go to the control panel, select printers and faxes. A new window should open up. Right click on the printer and select properties. On the new window, go to the sharing tab. Confirm that it is shared, and if so note the name.
3: Back on the vista machine, go to start/network. A new window should open up. You may get a security warning towards the top of the machine, click it and a security box should come up. Select the option for private network and it should bring you back to the original network window. Both computers should now appear in the network window. Click into the xp machine and you should see the printer. Right click on it and select connect. Follow the on screen dialog for the driver installation if necessary. (NOTE- Some printers require that the driver be installed prior to connection to the printer.)
Jan 10, 2009 - 09:37 AM
Jan 13, 2009 - 11:25 AM
Is your copy of Windows (XP) legitimate? (Some anti-piracy measures built into windows can do some interesting things)
Is your virus scanner up-to-date and running?
Do you have an ad/spyware scanner? Is it up-to-date and running?
Can your XP computer see your Vista computer (on the network)?
Verify those things, and if you're virus and spyware scanners are not installed or up-to-date, please ensure that get some software and run it. If your windows is not legit, you need to fix that as well.
Jan 13, 2009 - 11:43 AM
I use AGV antivirus and it checks for updates daily.
I do have ad/spyware scanner but I don't know if it's updated. I'll check on it.
MY XP machine cannot see my Vista Laptop & vise versa.
Jan 13, 2009 - 04:08 PM