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I've got a Brother Fax-8360P printer that has a standard printer port so it can be connected to my WindowsXP machine. I've found some drivers on the net that work and it is a pretty decent laser printer.

However, when I try and connect up to it from my Vista machine over the network, it tells me that "The printer driver is not compatible with a policy enabled on your computer that blocks NT4.0 drivers".

Main question - is it possible to alter this so that my Vista machine will allow me to print via the network.

Secondary question - does anyone know of any generic driver that will work instead?

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One policy in Windows Vista should be changed to enable the installation of old print drivers as menthioned in this site http://www.sysprobs.com/nt-40-printer-driver-compatible-policy-enabled-vista-pc its working ok

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This article also says: "Be prepared to receive Blue screen error on your Vista computer after this policy enabled." –  harrymc Nov 11 '09 at 12:03

I'd recommend hunting down some generic PCL4 drivers and see if they work, a lot of brother devices are compatible with PCL.

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Thanks. I tried that but it didn't want to talk to the printer (The printer received the data but didn't print). I suspect as it is a Fax rather than a printer and someone cobbled together some drivers which aren't official ones. –  PhillC Aug 28 '09 at 12:29

Microsoft support article KB 931719.

Another reference

Please try on your VISTA machine:
Control Panel -> Printers -> Add a printer -> Add a local printer ->
Create a new port: Local Port ->
Enter a port name: \Your_XP_machine\Shared_Printer [REPLACE W/ YOUR INFO]
Pick appropriate driver from list provided by Vista [Lexmark 4800]

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Thanks. I tried that but the only driver I have for the printer is a kernel mode driver and Vista refuses to install it and the actual printer isn't on the list. –  PhillC Aug 28 '09 at 12:59

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