Network gets lost between XP and 7



At home, my Windows XP Pro computer has a shared printer. The other
computer in the house runs Windows 7 (probably Home Premium or something).

About once a day, when the Windows 7 printer wants to print to the XP
printer, the print job gets stuck in the queue.

The solution is to go to the XP computer, open Network Places and then View
Workgroup Computers. The Windows 7 computer usually shows up there. After
I double-click on the Windows 7 computer, all of the queued print jobs
start printing.

Does anyone have any ideas how to keep the XP computer and the Windows 7
computer aware of each other? I know that I have set the XP computer to be
a browse master since it's always on, and I was hoping that would help, but
it hasn't. Is the Computer Browser service even relevant these days?

David Walker



Jack [MVP-Networking]

Win7 - When configured on peer-to-peer Network, Win 7 has three types of
Sharing configurations.
Home Network = Works only between Win 7 computers. This type of
configuration makes it very easy to Entry Level Users to start Network
Work Network = Basically similar to the previous methods of sharing that let
you control what, how, and to whom folders would be shared with.
Public Sharing = Public Network (like Internet cafe) to reduce security
The Work Network is the one that most of us are going (and need) to use.
Win7 Work Network's Sharing settings are in principle similar to Vista's
configuration, some menus locations in Win 7 might be in different place,
and look a little different, but it should not be a problem to adapt.
Make sure that the Software Firewall on each computer allows free local
traffic. If you use 3rd party Firewall On, Vista/XP Native Firewall should
be Off, and the active Firewall has to adjusted to your Network IP numbers
on what is some time called the Trusted Zone (consult your 3rd Party
Firewall instructions.
General example,
Win -7,
Win7 Work Network with a little visual help),
Vista File and Printer Sharing-
Windows XP File Sharing -;en-us;304040
Printer Sharing XP -
Windows Native Firewall setting for Sharing XP -
Windows XP patch for Sharing with Vista (Not need for XP-SP3) -
When finished with the setting of the system it is advisable to Reboot all
the hardware including Router and all computers involved.
Jack (MS, MVP-Networking).

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