How to add an XP printer to a Vista computer

After many attempts, I finally found the answer in a CNet forum (post #2). I’ve added how to find the computer and printer name.


On the XP computer.

Get the computer name and printer name.

– Computer Name. Control Panel / System. It’s the “Full computer name.”

– Printer Name. Control Panel / Printers. Right-click the printer. The General tab has the name right at the top.

– These will be entered on the Vista computer in the format “Computer nameprinter name”.  Case is significant.

On the Vista computer.

– Control Panel / Printer / Add Printer

– Choose Add a local printer. Click on Create a new Port. The name in the Drop Down box should be local port. Click Next

– Enter the computer name and printer name of the XP printer in the form of computer nameprinter name. It is case-sensitive.

That’s it!

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