When a LAN (Local Area Network) has many Personal Computer (PC) associated with different operating systems (Windows XP, VISTA, SEVEN) may arise some problems with the printer drivers. When S.O. are part of the 32-bit and 64-bit part, it may cause incompatibility problems between printers, when you try to put them into sharing.
In the Windows world for "shared printer" refers to a printing device is physically connected to a PC, but visible and usable by other PCs on the common local area network (LAN).
Specifically, if in a system with Windows 7 64-bit you try to install (with the classic "Connect") a shared printer that is physically connected to a PC using Windows XP 32-bit, usually the process does not go to successful, and it appears the error message "No driver found".
In essence, the printer is not correctly detected when you mix Windows drivers of 32 and 64 bit!
As long as it does not receive an official solution (patch) from Microsoft, here is the solution provided by Arthur Xie on technet, to be taken on a PC that uses Windows SEVEN 64-bit:
1. Click Start, click Control Panel and double click Devices and Printers.
2. Click Add a Printer.
3. Select "Add a local printer".
4. Select "Create a new port". Choose "Local Port" as the type of the port.
5. In the box "Enter a port name", type the address as the following format.
\\[IP address of the host computer]\[The Share Name of the printer]
Then click Next, (for example, \ \ PC1XP \ hplaserjet).
6. Click the button Windows Update, wait for the process finishes and then look for the driver again.
7. Finish the installation.
Printer sharing with the combination Windows SEVEN 64-bit + XP 32-bit gave me a lot of problems with printers of different brands.
While Windows 7 32-bit + 32-bit XP normally not one problem.
Of course the real network printers, ie those that have a built-in Ethernet port and can be configured with a specific IP address, of course, are immune to this problem!
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