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Printer Sharing - Windows 7 to XP

  • Windows 7
  • Printers
  • Windows XP
  • Networking
Last response: in Networking
June 1, 2010 11:11:22 PM

I currently have a HP Photosmart C4180 All-in-One printer that I'm trying to share with several XP (32-bit) machines on my network.

On my Windows 7 machine, I open control panel -> hardware and sound -> devices and printers -> [select the appropriate printer] -> printer properties -> sharing. Then attempt to add x86 driver in the 'additional drivers' option.

The problem is that I can't seem to find a good means of installing the additional drivers. HP doesn't make it easy, as they've insisted in wrapping up all the available drivers in a .exe installer, which refuses to run on the 64-bit Windows 7 machine. I can't find a bare .INF file anywhere.

I tried extracting the installer file as suggested by another Tom's poster here. But I can't locate the .INF file in the resulting set.

Granted, I suppose I could just install the drivers individually on each of the XP machines, but I was hoping to keep it on the one Windows 7 machine for the convenience of being able to reload the others as needed and minimize additional maintenance. Any ideas?

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