When you try to connect printer from a 64 bit Windows that is shared on 32 bit windows you will get an error message “Windows cannot connect to the printer Operation failed with error 0x0000007e”.
Recently, I had some troubles setting up some network printers on computers running 64-bit.
Before going to the technical description let me figure out my situation.
In my I.T department the printer is shared on a 32 bit Windows 7 computer. I installed 64 Windows on my desktop. After the installation I tried to connect the shared printer.
I was unable to connect the shared printer since it was on 32 bit.
I was getting an error message “Windows cannot connect to the printer Operation failed with error 0x0000007e”
I tried different methods windows 7 file and printer sharing; at last I found the simple solution for windows printer sharing. Here are the steps that I followed.
Share 32 bit printer 64 bit windows 7
Open Start >> Devices and Printers
Click Add a printer button
Select Add a Local Printer
Now go for Create a new port, nothing to do for Type of port, keep as it is and click Next.
You will be asked to provide ‘Port Name’, the format of port address is shown below
\\IP Address of the 32 bit PC\Printer name
For example our printer is connected to a PC having IP 192.168.1.185 and the printer name is HP LaserJet P2050 Series PCL6 (Copy 1) so my port Name will be
\\192.168.1.185\ HP LaserJet P2050 Series PCL6 (Copy 1)
Then click OK
Choose your printer from the directory [Actually our printer is HP LaserJet P2050 but it was not in the directory, hence I choose something similar, that is HP LaserJet P2200] and proceed.
Provide a Printer name foe the new printer.
You Successfully added new shared printer…! You can print test page if needed.
Your new printer will listed under ‘Devices and Printer’