How can I setup my XP Mode USB printer in Win 7?

By toskar ·
I have followed various scenarios to setup my local Canon USB printer in XP Mode under Windows 7, but no matter what I do, the virtual machine cannot find the printer to print. I can install the printer driver successfully in the virtual machine, and Integration Features are enabled, but I still can't get communication with the host printer, which is already setup and working fine under Win 7. I can alternately attach and release the printer from the USB tab on the virtual desktop, but it is never shared.

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Add printer

by p.j.hutchison In reply to How can I setup my XP Mod ...

Try this:

1. Open Printers and Devices in Windows 7
2. Select Printer and share it.
3. Go to XP Mode
4. Open Control Panel, Printers
5. Run Add Printer wizard
6. Un-tick option to auto detect printer
7. Select add printer and use Network printer option
8. Add \\pcname\printer-share-name
9. Install drivers when prompted

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Ah Hah

by enzo28 In reply to How can I setup my XP Mod ...

For some reason, the USB Printers in XP Mode do not allow you to share between W7 and XP. It will tell you Enabling it here will disable it there blah, blah blah. Today I got around that, I noticed while in the Add Printer Dialog (Not AutoDetecting). There were several PRN Ports to choose from. I started using them as the ports and voila, found that my default printer was the first one. I will have to see how long this works, but for now. I have installed my Printer using one of those Virtual Ports. I hope this helps someone.

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