Share HP Deskjet 1280 from Windows XP to Windows 7

Consider this scenario:

* HP Deskjet 1280 on USB on a Windows XP machine
* Windows 7 machine
* We want to share HP Deskjet 1280 and use from Windows 7 machine

the thing seems very simple, but at the end seem really impossible, and finally a compromise that works

so, let go by step, I want to tell you all story:

First “What The Hell” Path and Fail
* activate printer share in Windows XP
* browse network from Windows 7
* find our shared printer
* double click to install
* Windows 7 says it has no driver
* uhm
* Yeah, it’s simple, let’s click Windows Update to check new driver availability … hours of waiting
* No driver again
* uhm
* Well, let’s go to HP web site, navigate to HP support web site and download manually drivers for HP Deskjet 1280
* web site says that the driver is included in Windows 7, no manual download available
* and now?

Second “What The Hell” Path and Fail
* Create a fake printer in Windows XP for a ipotetic HP LaserJet 4 (Windows 7 has drivers for this)
* Share calling it “HPFake”
* From Windows 7 install “HPFake” share on Windows XP
* On Windows XP rename printer shares, “HPReal” to “HPFake” and “HPFake” to “HPReal”
* You are mine Winzoz!
* Go to Windows 7 and test printer
* But, what? Windows 7 switch automagically share to “HPReal”
* Damn! No way.. I need a new idea… and to buy a new printer?… uhmm

Third “What The Hell” Path and Final Solution
* A thing you have to know is that HP DeskJet 1280 has a compatible driver… and the driver is… HP DeskJet 1220C
* And Windows 7 has this driver
* So in Windows XP add another printer temporally on LPT1 with HP DeskJet 1220C driver
* Modify port on printer and choose USB port used by original installed printer, in order to share USB port with two printers
* Activate sharing
* Go to Windows 7 and install printer
* Do a test print, OK
* … Microsoft + HP = …

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3 Responses to “Share HP Deskjet 1280 from Windows XP to Windows 7”

  1. Leonel Mouro says:

    Good solution.
    Microsoft and HP should be more helpful if they want users to keep using their products, no solution I found from either of these companies.

    Thanks

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  2. l3utterfish says:

    Thanks man..

    didnt really underestand the part:
    * On Windows XP rename printer shares, “HPReal” to “HPFake” and “HPFake” to “HPReal”

    But solved the issue by adding a HP DeskJet 1220C in XP and sharing in W 7.

    Saludos,
    l3utterfish.

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  3. Rodic says:

    Thanks man!

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