Originally Posted by kaspar
Hello kaspar, and welcome to Vista Forums. Sorry for your troubles.
I have a home network (a workgroup) with XP, Vista, 7, and Linux computers at various times. Before I can share files between the computers, I have to create a folder and then set the 'share' and permission settings. Still things get goofed up sometimes.
But a printer is different. Did you state the make and model of printer? If you did I missed that. Before you can access a printer with Vista, even on a network, that model printer must have a Vista printer driver it can use. I have found it helpful to plug the printer (USB) into my Vista (or 7) computer and see if I can install a working driver. If the printer driver successfully installs, I can then plug it back into the XP computer and usually connect to it over the network.
I have two printers currently on my network. The HP1600 is 7 compatible and so will print directly from my 7 computers via the network from the XP computer. However the Canon S600 is too old for Vista or 7 so I have to copy any file I want printed to the XP computer in order to use the Canon to print.
If you like, you can let us know what printer you are networking and we can go from there?