Print from Vista PC to shared printer on XP PC
Verify that File and print sharing is turned on and properly configured
on the XP machine.
Locate and notate the Win XP computer name
(Found in System Properties in My Computer Name tab)
Locate and notate the printer share name on the XP computer
(Found under the Sharing tab on the Printer Properties page)
On the Vista machine launch the "Add a Printer" wizard
Choose "Add a local printer"
Select "Create a new port" radio button and choose "Local Port" from the
drop down menu - Next
In the "Enter Port Name:" box enter the following: \\Desktop\Printer
where "Desktop" = the computer name from step 2 and "Printer" = the printer
share name from step 3.
Select the Printer driver from the list provided or use the "Have Disk"
button to install the correct Vista driver if it is not in the built-in list.
It is critical that the driver you use is Vista compatible. - Next
Give the printer a distinct name and choose whether to set as the default. - Next
Print a test page to verify functionality.