Sharing Win XP Printer with Win 95

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by ukexpat, Mar 29, 2002.

  1. ukexpat

    ukexpat Guest

    I have a home network based around a Linksys 8 port router/hub. Main machine runs Win XP Pro. I want to share the Win XP box's printer with a Win 95 laptop.

    Printer is set up as shared on Win XP box, but I cannot find it on the laptop when it is attached to the network. Any ideas?

    TIA.
     
  2. Bytes Back

    Bytes Back Ex Police Chief

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    On the xp machine make the printers share name the ip address of the the machine. So it would look like

    \\xpmachine\192,168.0.1

    I have done this because I had the same problem, it works, just don't ask me why. :D
     
  3. ukexpat

    ukexpat Guest

    Thanks for the tip -- unfortunately when I try to use that form as the share name on the XP box, I get an error message that the name cannot contain / \ or . etc
     
  4. Twink

    Twink Guest

    make sure the machine name, and share names have no spaces, and aren't larger than 8 characters. 98 boxes can't seem to seem them, but XP and 2k machines can
     
  5. ukexpat

    ukexpat Guest

    OK I'll try that. Thanks.
     
  6. ukexpat

    ukexpat Guest

    It worked!!

    That did it -- thanks so much. I still cannot browse to the printer but entering the path by name (having changed the share name to less than 8 characters in length on the Win XP box) worked like a charm.

    The sooner I get rid of this Win 95 box the better!!
     
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    Whoops I didn't explain that very well

    When you share your printer it will automaticaly give it a share name, mine comes up as "Epson Stylus Colour 880"

    Just call it 192,168.0.1 or whatever the ip address of the machine, the slashes will show up by themselves :eek: