> PC1 wantes to use shared printer connected to PC2. Does PC1 use the printer
> driver installed on PC2 or was a driver copy placed on PC1 when printer
> sharing was set up?
> The reason I ask is I have a Vista and XP wired network. The XP has some
> legacy hardware on it whose drivers are not Vista compatible. I can use the
> printer connected to the XP from the Vista PC, but not the scanner. The
> scanner shows up on my shared devices on the Vista PC, but calls from
> programs will no share it. I'm assuming it's a driver access problem, but I
> don't know if the Vista PC is trying to access the scaner driver on the XP PC
> or if the problem is that it couldn't add it to its own list of drivers?
1. You always install the drivers for the correct operating system on
the computer which doesn't have the printer connected to it. So you
would set up your Local Area Network (LAN) sharing first and then
install Vista drivers for that model printer on the Vista machine. It
depends on how the printer drivers are written whether the driver
installation routine has a wizard that will find the printer connected
to the other machine or whether you need to use the "Add Printer" wizard
2. Consumer-level scanners cannot be shared over the network. There are
network scanners, but they are many thousands of dollars (USD) and
usually work by scanning the images onto a server.
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