Share a Windows XP Printer with Mac OS X
If you’re on a Mac and you need to print to an older printer connected to a Windows XP PC, well, you’re in for a bundle of joy to get it working. It’s not the simplest process in the world, here’s the gist of it:
- You’ll need to make sure the Windows XP PC works fine with the printer
- Again on the Windows XP machine, you’ll need to install some software that emulates a postscript printer and allows redirection of printer ports
- You’ll then need to setup an emulated postscript printer in Windows XP that prints to the real printer attached to the PC
- Next you must setup a UNIX LPR Printer Service on top of Windows XP that points to the emulated post script printer
- Finally, in Mac OS X you setup a new LPR over IP printer and point it the Windows XP PC
Obviously it’s not the easiest process in the world, but if you’re in a bind check out the full instructions on Robert Harder’s blog.
There may be an easier way to do this but I (thankfully) don’t have access to a Windows XP machine, so chime in if there is a better method. If you want my honest opinion, I would just buy a new AirPrint compatible printer for maximize ease of use, plus you’ll be able to print to it directly and wirelessly.