Sharing a printer

I am having nightmares trying to get Windows XP Pro to print to a shared printer.

The printer (HP Officejet 6500 E709a series) is attached via usb to a pc running Windows 7 . I can print great from that pc, but when I try to find the printer on the xp pro machine, it will not locate it.

What do I have to do to get it to print?
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  1. have you shared the printer on the win 7 machine?
    heres instructions from microsoft - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Enable-file-and-printer-sharing
  2. Thanks for your help.
  3. NP. Don't forget to choose the best answer on the forum.
  4. I was actually configuring it wrong.

    Before, I was using a USB cable to the printer.

    I now have the ethernet cable running from my printer to the router.

    So, I had to set it up using the printer IP address.

    Then it found the printer, which is now showing online and I connected.
  5. you can also do it with the usb cable to the win 7 machine, just share it (make sure you have the network set to private so win 7 will communicate with the network) on the xp machine, add printer > networked printer and browse for it
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