I can see the network printer (it's on an XP machine), even to its attributes but when I try to sign it in, I get a box that says Access Denied. I'm guessing it's a driver problem (i.e., where would the Vista machine get its driver from a printer that doesn't know about Vista), not permissions, but this is my first Vista machine. I'm trying to follow these instructions but don't know how to find out what the path is (7) to the printer is:
1.) Verify that File and print sharing is turned on and properly configured
on the XP machine.
2.) Open the the shared location of the printer (Shared Printers folder) on Win Xp from your Vista machine
3.) On the Vista machine launch the "Add a Printer" wizard
4.) Choose "Add a local printer"
5.) Select "Create a new port" radio button and choose "Local Port" from the
drop down menu
6.) Press Next
7.) In the "Enter Port Name:" box enter the shared folder path from 'Step 2'. (e.g. \\WinXP\PrinterSharedFolder)
8.) 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.
9.) Press next
10.) Give the printer a distinct name and choose whether to set as the
11.) Press Next
12.) Print a test page to verify functionality.
13.) Press Finish
OR, maybe there is a better way. In any case, I appreciate your help...