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How to share printer over VPN connection?

Question: How to share printer over VPN connection?

Hi there,
My LAN is using 192.168.xx.xx network. but I have a small office in Indonesia which all 4 users connects their notebook and retrieve email using SecurID(VPN). They are always connected and my VPN gives a 10.10.xx.xx IP address. my printer is network enabled and is plugged to the router(print server enabled). How do i share this printer with the users always connected to VPN. ?? pls help..

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Answer: How to share printer over VPN connection?

well, if you have a print server on the network, and your outside users are VPN'd in, they should be able to ping to the address of that print server. If they can, you can direct them through the Add Printer Wizard, have them manually configure a new Standard TCP/IP port, and then add the print drivers. After that you should be good to go.

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Dear all
i know there is atopic with the same name but it doesn't solve my problem
any how i want to do the same work by sharing a printer with a vpn in connection but
when i ping it its giving me a message
requested time out
if i disable the VPN it connects normally
i don't know what to do really

Answer:Share printer over VPN connection?

Where is the printer located? On a Domain or Workgroup?
Is the Printer Shared already? If not that needs to be done at the location.
Do you have permission to use such shared printer?
Are you at work or at home?
Are you trying to use a printer on your Workgroup at the same time you connect to your company domain via VPN?
Are you on your company laptop?
Do you have permission granting you access to change administration functions on your company laptop.

The last one is very important because it would allow you to add your home printer to your laptop and you could use this printer any time you're connected over the VPN tunnel. If you can't get admin rights, then you need to bring the printer CD/DVD or have a support tech add your printer to your laptop. Ticket would need to be generated though? If required by your companies policies?

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I have set up a network using ethernet cables and a modem and am now able to share my broadband connection. I can not however see the other computers or the printer which are hooked up to the router. The two computers running XP only show me 1 computer hooked up to the network - no other computers or printer. The 3rd computer running Vista was able to find and install the driver for the printer (hooray). I tried the network connection wizard for the machines running XP and I tried adding a network printer. Everything runs through step by step but when I am done, nothing has changed even after rebooting. I must have a setting issue or am skipping something. Please help.

Answer:Can share internet connection but not printer

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This is my first post so am looking forward to meeting new people in here.
Here is my problem:
I have a Win2000 pro machine that connects to a shared printer on a XP Pro box. The XP Pro box is on AD.
You can connect to the printer fine but as soon as you restart or shut down the 2000 machine it drops the printer when it comes back up. The account on the 2000 is a power user but I also tried it from Admin and samething. The firewall on the XP machine is turned off.
Thanks for any help/info.

Answer:2000 drops connection to printer share

What is your LAN configuration?

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This question is basically for my sister. She moved out recently and her and her roommate would like to share a printer and become part of the same workgroup so they can view eachother's shared folders. I did that here at home with the wired connections but I'm not sure if anything changes when it's through a wireless connection.

Answer:Can I Join A Workgroup (& Share a Printer) w/ Other Computers w/ a WiFi Connection?

no just the same

my network here is totally wireless...I have a printer shared off my great

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Hello i Have the above problem while I try to share a printer on a domain network.
My windows firewall (localy) is also damage, is that the problem that I have to solve first?

Windows 8  - cannot share a printer error message appears "[Window Title] Printer Properties  [Main Instruction] Printer settings could not be saved.  There are no more endpoints available from the endpoint mapper.   [OK]

Answer:Windows 8 - cannot share a printer error message appears "[Window Title] Printer Properties [Main Instruction] Printer settings could not be saved. There are no more endpoints available from the endpoint mapper. [OK]

You may need to reinstall the printer. Remove the printer driver from Control Panel\Programs and Features, then add the printer from Devices and Printers.

Please note that if the printer driver is not in the list in Devices and Printers, I suspect that the printer is currently not compatible with Windows 8. In this case I suggest you contact the printer manfuacturer for more information.
Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ?

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All the computers in the house connect to the same router but the home pc's are in a workgroup. I have a work laptop that I need to get to share a printer in the house. The work laptop is part of a domain and does not see the printer or the home network. I hope I explained that correctly. How would I get the printer to be added to the work laptop without changing it from part of a domain to part of the workgroup?

Is there any other way to share this printer with the laptop? The printer is connected through another computer.

Answer:Laptop on domain, PC with printer on workgroup. How to share printer?

Not a problem,

On the laptop map to the share via UNC or straight to the machine


PrintServer = PC name of the PC in your house that hosts the printer

Start > Run


On your laptop after 2-3 seconds a screen will show up with the printer being shown. Right click on the printer and click "connect" and you should be off to the races.

If you want to reference the Print Server by IP instead you just do...

\\192.168.1.xx (ip of the PC - make sure it is STATIC!)

Hope this helps...

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Hi there

(note Pos in title of post means Possible -- not the other meaning often shortend to pos !!).

Not being able to share printers easily WILL be a drawback.

I've run into what I hope is MY error but I can't see any way around this

Computer is running W8 Development Preview X-64 with a USB Epson 1290 Printer attached.

Printer works fine -- so no driver probs etc.

I want now to print from a Wireless Laptop running W7 X-64.

Normally it's easy between W7 machines or a mix of XP and W7 machines on the W7 remote machine add new local port \\BLACKDOG\Photoprinter

Then no prop.

(W8 Hostname is BLACKDOG, old shared name of the printer is Photoprinter).

On the W8 machine I can't find ANYWHERE to be able to set the printer shared name so not unnaturally the W7 remote machine can't connect.

I've got round the problem in a bit of a kak handed way -- I've got a W2K3 server VM also running on the W8 machine --so I've attached the USB printer via the VM settings to the VM W2K3 server machine -- now my remote W7 laptop can print.

(In the VM just disconnect the printer from the HOST and attach it to the VM -- then in the VM enable the printer as SHARED in the usual way and proceed just as if its a physical machine -- I've posted how to share printers between a mix of XP and W7 machines on the W7 Forums).
Here's the Shared setting for the printer I'm missing in W8 Where I can set the Shared Name
I hope that this get around isn't necessary but I haven't found a way r... Read more

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I have Verizon FIOS, 2 desktop PCs (1-Windows XP Home; 1-Ubuntu); 1 laptop (Windows Vista); and 1 USB printer connected directly to the Windows XP Home desktop PC.

I want to be able to print from any of my workstations directly to the printer. It is not a networked printer, as it connects directly to the Windows XP desktop PC.

Is this possible? If so, how? Everything is hard-wired to a wireless router except for the laptop which uses the wireless capabilities.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:3 Devices; 1 Printer How to share the printer?


Yes just make sure that all pc's or laptops have the same ID, for the networking then make sure that all of them see the printer.

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I resolved the problem of connecting with my wireless but now I want to share the printer and folders. My desktop it seemed to work b/c I see the hand which means sharing but when I did it with my laptop , it had the hand but when i click print, it gave me a image printer and wants to save it.

do I need to install my printer driver in my laptop too?


Answer:How can I share my printer

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Question: Share Printer

Guys I have set up a Belkin ADSL Modem with built in router on my Bulldog broadband line and suprisingly I found it quite simple to do. I have a lead going from back of my desktop to router and a lead going to the telephone line and thats it. My wife and son have laptops both with cards installed and when they switched them on they just founf the router and they were both online very quickly. Makes me wonder if my neighbour next door got a laptop with a card, he would join us because there seemed no security.Anyway I want to share the printer on the desktop with the 2 laptops. Oh by the way if the desktop is switched off the 2 laptops carry on online. I went into the printer properties and clicked on share this printer, then went onto laptop, my computer my network then view workgroup computers and hthe desktop was not there. Obviously the laptops have nothing to do with the desktop. Can anyone tell me in detail how to share this printer? Thanks in anticipation. diesel

Answer:Share Printer

I share my printers with a data switch. It is unlikely that everyone will want to print at the same time so just changing the switch position is ok. I have 2 computers and 2 printers and can put either printer to either computer.

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Question: Share printer

I have a router and through Cat5 lines i've connected 2 computers and i was wondering how i could share the printer that is connected to one of them. I tried setting up a home network, but i ran into some problems when i chose the option that said it was through a router and stuff like that. What can i do?

Answer:Share printer

well, you didn't tell us what OS is on the pc's but I'll try to help anyways. On the pc that the printer is hooked up to browse to the printer through start-settings-printers. Right click on the printer and select sharing. Then set it up to be able to share to it. After that you should be able to see the printer in the network places.

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Question: Share Printer

I Have Set A Network With Two Computer.
Now I Would Like To Share The Printer.
How Can I Do This ? Is Ther A Good Place
I Can Get A Step By Step Instructions, On
How To Peform This Task ? Thank You

Answer:Share Printer

The following will set up a Microsoft Workgroup for File and Printer Sharing assuming the PCs are already networked via router, ad-hoc wireless or Ethernet (directly or using switch or hub).

In Network and Dial-up Connections (Win 2k Pro) or Network Connections (XP) right click on your connection and select ‘Properties.’ If not already there, install or add a check mark for “Client for Microsoft Networks, “File and Printer sharing …” and “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).”

Right click on My Computer and on the Computer Name tab make sure you have a unique computer name and the workgroup name that you want to use for all computers. Change if necessary.

Restart the PC.

You must uninstall or properly configure any 3rd party firewalls on each machine.

If using the XP SP2 firewall: Control Panel – Windows Firewall – on the General tab it should be “On” and on the Exceptions tab “File and Printer Sharing” should be selected.

The Shared Documents folder is automatically shared. Any other folders or printers you want to share, just right click on them and sharing ... . When sharing a printer, accept the offer to load other drivers if your other PCs have different Operating System(s).

When you first go into My Network Places there will be nothing there. The first time you click on 'View Workgroup computers' will probably result in great... Read more

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I've a lexmark printer attached to my pc which I need to share with my sisters laptop both PC's are linked to intternet via a Netgear wireless router what's the easiest way to set up print sharing??? Any idea's???

Answer:How do I share my printer?

Assuming you are using XP - use control panel to find your installed printer an select the 'share this printer', or simply right click on the installed printer. Use the networking wizard to set up a home network first, if you haven't done already (do it on both PC's and make sure the settings all match).The printer will only work if the PC it is attached to is switched on. Windows has several help wizards.

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Question: Share a printer

I have 2 pcs, one each in adjoining rooms, both connected via cable to a netgear adsl router. Both work ok and independently of each other. Both os are xphome. The printer is connected to one pc and works ok and I would like to be able to print from the other pc. What do I do to achieve that please.

Answer:Share a printer

Printers and Faxes.Right-click on the printer and click Sharing... and that will allow you to add it to the network places.

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Let me first say that I know NOTHING about Mac's!!!!!

At my Chruch, I was asked to install a network. Well, I did that and all is good. There is an IMac with a color printer that they want shared out so the pc's can print to the color printer. Can any one tell me how to do this?


Answer:Share Mac printer with PC's

What version of the MacOS is it? - Newest OS X - Older OS X but might work with older stuff
Hopefully those can help either way.

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Question: Printer Share


I've just purchased a laptop for a family member. Is it possible we can share the same printer? If so, how do I set it up? The printer is an Epson 830. Any advice is much appreciated.

Many Thanks

Answer:Printer Share


This is possible but the computer that the printer is connected to has to be turned on if you want to print from the laptop, all you have to do, is make sure both your pc are on the same domain if so right click on the printer and go down to sharing allow sharing and select an appropiate name for the printer, than on the laptop select add a printer on printers in control panel and select network printer it should detect the printer and select connect and then it might ask for the drivers if it cant find them on the internet than just place the disk in

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Question: share printer how?

i am usually able to help my family out but networking is not my forte.she has the following and wants to configure to share a printer, any help gratefully received.Desk top: Dell 4100 Series Pentium 3 Processor at 933MHz. Operating System: Windows XP. Laptop: Hewlett Packard Notebook Series. Operating System: Windows XP.cheers.johnny.

Answer:share printer how?

Open control Panel look for printers icon, click on properties, a box will will open up with various options, one will be marked sharing,click this and tick box to share computer.If you have already networked your computers then this should shown up on the client computer in my network places. Fairly new to this myself, but am sure that is the procedure.

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Hello, I am trying share a printer between W7 and XP pc's. Printer is USB to W7pc.
XP pc connects to W7
via wireless router. Printer shows as shared on XPpc and
shows Local network as the router.
Printer does not show on W7 Devices and Printers but works fine from W7pc.
It does show in Device Manager but in properties
there is no option to enable sharing. If I try to use it from XPpc it says offline. Any help please.

Answer:Trying to share a printer

Have you installed the printer's drivers on 7 and XP? That could be the problem.

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I have a shared printer on an XP desktop on the LAN network. Its ip address is
It seems every computer in the household (mix of XP, vista and 7) can access \\, expect for mine, which is a vista. Firewalls are turned off and workgroups match. I get the error "Windows cannot access \\" with error code 0x80004005. The thing is, I can ping the machine. Anyone got any ideas?

Answer:Trying to share a printer


I think it is to do with your firewall settings. So, what firewall are you using?

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so I have a lexmark z22 connected to my desktop, and I want my laptop to be able to print from it.

I went to control panel > printer > and clicked on add printer.

I chose the option for "set up a network printer." The next screen then asks me if I want to browse for it. I chose to browse for it and it asks me to put the printer name.

I put LEXMARK_Z22_ and it said that it cannot find it........

that is the exact name that is on my desktop...but it cannot find it.

I already enabled sharing on my what could be wrong??

laptop = xp home. desktop = win98

Answer:cannot share printer...

Firstly can both pc's see and comunicate with each other? If so then you'll have to install the software that came with the printer onto the laptop. Click on add printer click network printer/ have disk etc, and install the software. If all else fails install netbuei protocol on both machines. Its on the 98 disc but for xp you'll have to go here,


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hi , i just reformatted my computer two days ago using driveimage. previously, i was sharing a printer over the network since i have 3 computers at home. however after the reformatting i cannot print anymore. Therefore i have reused the wizard but have had no luck.

3 Computers...

Printers are connected to "Mom's Computer"
When i try to add a printer, network printer, browse, nothing comes up in the MSHOMe workgroup except the computer im using. I have shared the printer
THANKS in advance!

ps. i can ping the other computers, and i have a modem: di 604 , i have turned off all firewalls on both computers

Answer:Cannot share printer

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Hi guys back yet again.

I used to have this setup long time ago with different systems, but my mind isn't as sharp as not was then so need some help.

I have a inspiron 580 on win 10 and an Asus custom on win 7.

I have a HP photosmart c4180 AIO and a Netgear n600 router with a USB port. Can I hook printer into routers USB port and share via the network?

Answer:Need to share printer

Yes, and this page gives a run-through of how you achieve it.


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i would like to know how i can share my printer on a network so that every system on my net work can see the printer

Answer:how do i share my printer?

Assumiing you are using a MS OS  you can go to Start /  Setings / control Panel / printers and  look at the settings there for for printer sharing on a network. Not much help but *censored*  it's late here and I've had a few beers.Just look at yr settings for it OK. It's not difficult. Printer settings. Might have to go to 'Advanced" or something eqaully fearsome..............m

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I'm running Win10. A few months ago I could share my Canon ImageClass laser printer across my local network. Suddenly that stopped working. I have cycled the sharing button off & back on. Rebooting between each step.

No help.

Anybody know what's wrong?

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Question: share printer

when you share a printer over home network do you give the printer the same name on both computers e.g. home and home also do they both ha ve to show the same port connection . my printer is connected via usb port so on the other comnputer does this have to show the usb connection sorry to be so dumb

Answer:share printer

click here for a full explanation on how to share your printer.

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Question: Share a printer

I connected a new HP officejet to the network. After much tinkering, I got it to work as a share among two vista PC's. Somehow, it no longer works 3 days later. (windows updates have been downloaded, that is all)

Both computers have:
Windows Vista 32, the other 64 bit
Windows firewall disabled
AVG firewall disabled
Identical user name and password (sheryl, an administrator)
file and print sharing is turned on
workgroup name: Workgroup

the ports for all of vista's sharing purposes have been opened on all disabled firewalls, just to be safe. (gotten from MS knowledgebase). Firewalls re-enabled, changes nothing.

Both PC's, router and printer have been rebooted.

The connections are secure.

I view 'Network' and find PC-2.
I click PC-2's icon and it asks for log-on information. I enter Sheryl and her password. PC-1\Sheryl and PC-2\Sheryl Dont work. (cannot log on, check user/pass, error doesnt mention syntax errors). Passwords and user name is identical on both computers.

Again, nothing has changed but windows updates. Nobody knows how to access the router, so there wasnt a change concerning the router's ports. The printer cannot function anymore, even though it is present as default printer in PC-2. Print monitor believes printer is jammed at all times, even when its turned off and works for PC-1. PC-2 simply can no longer access pc-1, as seen in the network window, access is denied.

Any ideas guys?

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Hi all,

I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for this question, but I thought I'd give it a shot....

We have a desktop computer hooked up to a cable modem. We have a wireless router hooked up which allows our laptop to share the internet connection. Now I'm wishing I could print files from the laptop without having to hook cables up to the printer every single time. Is there a way to wirelessly share the printer? Can you recommend a product that would allow me to do this?


Answer:How do you share a printer?

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Question: Share Printer

Hey everyone,
I am trying to share a printer with my Mom's dell laptop running vista basic. How do i do this. SHould i get some form of freeware or just use the vista progaming.
I also have two really stupid girls reading everything i am typing right now. Who is with me when i say that 16 year old girls are retarded with computers?!?!

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I have a laser printer that is abandoned by Canon (ImageClass D761)..
However, I have an old XP notebook that I can print to it..

Can I share the printer through XP and print to it via Win7? There are no drivers for it in Win7..

Or will I just have to make PDFs of everything I want to print and send them to the XP notebook and print from there.....?

Answer:Share an old printer on XP?

Your system specs does not state what version of W7 you have - can you make use of the XP Mode?

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Question: Share a Printer

Main computer is a desktop OS W7 Home Premium 64 bit. Second computer is a laptop OS XP Home SP3.
My Canon printer is connected to the desktop via USB cable and is not wireless. W7 tells me I have a "Homegroup".
I use a wireless router to connect to the internet. Both machines have a wireless card.
Can anyone please give me step by step instructions on how to link up the laptop to that it too can use the printer. Your help would be appreciated.

Answer:Share a Printer

you need to network the two pc's and printer with them all switched on when you run the network wizard in control panel

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I have x200 and it will not allow me to share the printer that is connected to it with 2 other T500s.  I have a linksys wrt350n router and the printer is connected directly to the X200 laptop.  Can someone please direct me in the way to set this up.  I have done all the sharing, port setting, ping, ipconfig YOU NAME IT and I've tried it. HELP - I'm using it in my small office and I cannot get the other laptops to print via the printer which I have to have done.

Answer:Can't share Printer

Hi house1_12, If you're using Access Connections, then please make sure that printer- and file-sharing is not disabled. Apparently, newer versions of AC disable it by default. (I guess the correct subforum for this post would be Windows XP and Vista discussion.)

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Question: Share printer

I have a Network set up using two
computers. I would like to share
my printer. Should I install the
printer on the second computer?

Answer:Share printer

That's kind of up to you isn't it? Where do you want the printer to physically reside? Or if you're wireless you don't even have to install it to either computer.

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I set up a home network with 2 computers connecting independently to the Internet via a hub. I have 2 dynamic IP addresses, so that works fine.

But... I also have 2 printers I would like to share. Right now, I have both of them connected to one of the computers, so that computer needs to be on in order to be able to print from the other.

It would obviously be easier if I could have the printers directly on the hub, but can I do that without getting extra IP addresses? I have heard of "internal" IP addresses and am wondering if that would make it possible. If so, I'd like to know how.

Both computers run XP (one Pro, the other Home), the printers are a HP LaserJet 3020 and a Dell 3000cn.

Lady Oryx

Answer:Share printer via hub?

To get them to print independently of one of the pcs being on you would need to use a print server. I assume that you are using USB rather than parallel to connect them, which neans a 2 port USB Print server, such as this one for $30, which would then plug into your hub would do the trick.

I am sure other members can find a cheaper one, but thats the best I could come up with

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Question: share a printer

I try to share my printer on my network I get a error 0x00000709 make sure that you have typed the name correctly and that the printer is connected to the network. I can see the printer all looks good but I get this error.

Answer:share a printer

Have you installed the printer drivers on all the networked machines?

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I recently sold 2 of my printers that were being shared by 3 computers.

My computer had the Canon IP6000D photo printer.
My g/f's computer had the HP 1200 multi-function.

I replaced those with a new Canon 600M photo multi-function that is connected to my system.

Now my g/f's computer cannot locate the printer nor can it see my other 2 computers on the network. On the network view it just show's the microsoft butterfly logo. When I attempt to add a networked printer her computer searches but finds nothing.

Now the weird part is that on my PC I can see her on the network and can access her files, but her pc can still not see my other 2 computers.

My second computer shares the printer just fine. So I know it's something with her system.

I uninstalled all printers on her system also but that didn't seem to work. All 3 systems have firewalls disabled as I'm using a hardware firewall in my router.

Are there any usual suspects that anyone knows of that I can check.

All systems are running Windows XP Pro SP2.
All systems connect to the net just fine.

Thanks in advance to anyone that responds.


Answer:Trying to share printer

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I have 2 systems; 1 with Win XP (old Win98SE), 1 with Win98SE.

I just got a Dell machine which only has a USB for the printer (NO Parallel port).

When I had my printer sharing before, the network showed a port capture of LPT1, but with the new setup, the printer doesn't show an option for a port capture of USB.

So, I can't print from my wife's machine to my printer.

Now, if I go to the network workgroup, I see my machine with printer, printer2, and
printers and faxes plus share docs. My wife's machine shows share docs.

I have tried to get this to work, but have had no luck. I have un-installed the printer and re-installed several times, but No Luck!

Can someone help please.


Earl MacMichael

Answer:Can't get printer to share

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I have an problem and trying to figure out the easiest and cheapest way around the problem.

I have 6 offices with computers that cannot be networked using a all in 1 brothers printer. I want to be able to go to each of these locations and be able to print using my laptop.

Can anyone help me figure out a better solution than buying an extra printer cable and unplugging the cable from the computer and plugging it into the laptop.


Answer:Need to share printer

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Question: Printer Share


I have an AIO printer attached and shared on a Win XP Pro machine. The printer is then accessed by 5 Win 7 machines.

On the Win XP pc, I have created accounts that match the users/accounts of the Win 7 pc's. The passwords also match between 7 & XP.

The problem is every time a user changes their password on their Win 7 machine, they lose connectivity to the printer, and can no longer print, until the account is modified to match the Win 7 pc.

I would like to get rid of this issue.

Is there a way to connect to the shared printer on the XP machine without worrying about users/accts.

I also don't want to create a general user account on the XP pc, and then create the same acct on the Win7 pc, so they can print.

3 of the machines are being operated by kids, they keep changing their passwords, also trying to connect to each others machines, basically playing around.

I just want them to connect to the printer and print, not have to worry about passwords or etc...

Any recommendations?


Answer:Printer Share

I would suggest adding a cheap print server and connecting the printer to it. The any computer on the same network can print to it. No userid/password problems and no specific machine has to be running.

Many/most new printers are Wireless capable so this is built in.

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Hi, I have one computer with win98se on it, and one with win2000 that is connected to a canon 250i printer,

the computers are connected with a router (edimax) and to an ADSL connection...
I don't know why, but I Can access the win98se pc from the win2000 pc, but I can't do the opposite... (it asks for a password, but there is no password set on neither pc's) also how can share the printer with the win98se pc?

and is there a way to connect the printer to the router? how much would it cost?


Answer:how can I share a printer?

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OK - - -
i finally got the Network thingie working and now i have another prob: I CANNOT GET MY PRINTER TO SHARE.

the printer is hooked up the 2nd comp in my son's room and it works great with that comp. but the main comp cannot get the printer to print any thing.............. i get an error message of "trouble communicating with the printer." and- YES printer is turned on - lol.

main comp - Win XP
2nd comp - Win98se
printer - Lexmark X83
<<<< comp's are hooked together thru a router >>>>


Answer:Help!! - Can't Share the Printer

Ok - - -

w00t w00t = prob solved

i read another post concerning sharing printers and i followed the advcie that johnwill gave another member and it worked for me as well. it was the small thing that i was missing - one page was left undone for the sharing on the 2nd comp.

THX - A - MILLION Johnwill..................


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I am on the last leg of trying to share a printer.I have already established a network.In XP under the add printer wizard I'm being asked to type the location and name of the shared printer that I want to connect to.I know the "share name " of the printer ,but I dont know how to find its location.Any help is appreciated.I always find an answer here so thank you in advance.......Eric

Answer:Trying to share printer

Hi Eric,

From the information that you have supplied, it appears that you have connected the two or more computers together using a hub of some type. Do the machines that need to use the printer see the computer that is sharing the printer? This is found in the network neighborhood folder. If your sharing machine is seen, try opening the computer that is doing the sharing andsee if the printer is listed. If it is listed then you shuld be able to install the printer by right clicking the printer icon and selecting the "install" label.

To further answer your quest about the location and name of the shared printer, location is the name of the computer doing the sharing and the printer name is the share name that you do know now. An example of the printer address would be :

Computer name: Printershare1
Printer name: HP NLQ-128

Address : //Printershare1/HP NLQ-128

Hope this helps.


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I really need help !!!

I would like to share a printer under MS-DOS and then use the NET USE command to capture it (and put it all in a batch file).

The NET SHARE command only seems to work with printers.

Anybody got an idea ??

Thx for your help


Answer:Share a printer under MS-DOS

The NET SHARE command only seems to work with FILES !!

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I have two computers at home, one of which is physically connected to a printer. I want the other computer to be able to use that printer, too. Both computers are connected to the same wireless wi-fi.

I followed this Microsoft video to share the printer on the machine that is physicially connected to the printer. On the other machine, I selected Devices and Printer, then Add printer and clicked on Network, but I don't see the printer I shared. What did Microsoft forget to tell me to do?

I suspect that there's a step before all this to get the computers to see each other, but I don't know how to do that or even if that's the problem here.


Answer:How do you REALLY share a printer?

Hi Peter,

See if you can follow this Tutorial.

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Question: cant share printer

What should I do.  I have gone through everything that I can think of.  Here is my setup to help.1). computer #1 in my brothers room(has wireless router and modem attached to his pc)2). computer #2 in my room(connected to the router by ethernet cable)3). computer #3 in the basement(connected to the router by wireless card)4). printer connected to computer#3 by a usb cable.What am I doing wrong.  Everytime I try to print from computer#2(where I'm typin now), it says connection problem.  What gives I tell ya, what gives!

Answer:cant share printer

Can computer #1 print to the printer?  Or is just #2 the only one having this issue?

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I've got a USB printer hooked up to my desktop, and I want to share it so a laptop on the wireless can print off of it. I've set the printer as being shared (it has the hand under it) but I'm not sure how to get the laptop to see it.

Answer:How to share a printer?

You just have to add a printer on the laptop, and tell it that it is a network printer and tell it where it is.

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have a win 7 64 bit and a computer running xp pro svc3. hp deskjet 2050.
printer is usb"d to win 7 computer.
when trying to set up sharing get an error 0x00000842. and am not allowed to use sharing.
i am administrator and there is no password, firewall is off and a/v is disabled for now.


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I am trying to set up a network that will enable printer sharing on 3 computers. The first computer (Computer #1) is a desktop running XP pro, which has the printer hardwired, that I have set up a home network on. I used the "create a home or small office network" on the first laptop (Computer #2, running XP home) and it found the printer no problem. The second laptop (Computer #3) is running XP pro, and has a login window on startup which has its own domain listed. When I go to My Network Places on this laptop, it doesn't show the option "Create a home or small office network", so I am unable to join the network I created. Sorry if my explanation is a little confusing, any ideas?

Answer:Cannot share printer XP pro

What is the name of the the group that computers 1 and 2 are connected to? You say that computer 3 has a login with a domain name, is that name the same as the workgroup name of computers 1 and 2? In order for you to share the printer, all the computers ahve to be in the same workgroup.

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Question: Share Printer

My main machine runs Win 7 ultimate upgraded from Vista. I've had a home network with an XP Professional laptop. The laptop could see my machine and an attached printer. Now the laptop can see the workgroup WORKGROUP but it is unable to see my machine. How could I fix this problem.

Answer:Share Printer

Quote: Originally Posted by dubnikova

My main machine runs Win 7 ultimate upgraded from Vista. I've had a home network with an XP Professional laptop. The laptop could see my machine and an attached printer. Now the laptop can see the workgroup WORKGROUP but it is unable to see my machine. How could I fix this problem.

Welcome to Seven Forums, dubnikova.

Have you set the printer to shared in Windows 7?

Some printers need the driver loaded in the XP machine also, and the type set as "local" with an IP address (I know, sounds odd, but that's the way it seems to work.)

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I have a HP 1510 installed on my computer with Windows 7 and its shared but when a try to access it from my other PC (Windows XP) it says "Access denied".
I already tried to share my C too but i can't access it from the other one.


Answer:Share printer with other PC (XP)

You either need to set up passwords on the Win7 host machine, or turn off password protected sharing.

(That's in the Network and Sharing Center, Advanced Sharing Settings.)

Better yet, switch all your machines to Win7, and have them all join the same Homegroup. ;-)

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New HP 8.1 64 bit laptop. Connected the (non-wireless) Epson printer to the laptop and it automatically set itself up without a CD or any Epson download. Printing worked perfectly. Then I set up file sharing. I wrote down the network sharing key, and specifically turned on printer sharing. I unplugged the printer from the USB port which made the icon disappear from the Devices and Printers page .

That page listed 2 options for adding devices - Add a Device and Add a Printer. I chose Add a Printer and it found the Epson. I clicked on Add or Next (I forget which), but the Epson icon never appeared on the D&P screen and I was never prompted for that sharing password.

I then clicked on Add a Device and it found nothing. I'm obviously doing something wrong. I just don't know what.

Answer:Can't Seem To Share Printer

You are getting Network sharing mixed up with Home Group sharing. You really need to get a Network USB Print Server, that plugs into your router, so that way you do not need to keep one laptop on all of the time.

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I have searched for so long for an answer to this, but it seems a lot of people have a slightly different issue than me. We recently upgraded my computer in the office to Vista Ultimate x64. After working out the bugs, everything seems great...that is until someone else has to print to my printer. Everyone else is running XP Pro. We can all see eachother on the network, they can see my printer, share files back and forth, but when it comes to actually connecting the printer, it's always a failure. The printer is a Brother 5140, and I have done all that I can think of to get it to work. I now have every single driver they offer sitting in a folder, and I have tried them all on the other PC's. I have also tried adding "additional drivers" on the vista machine, but all I ever get is an error saying the driver is not made for that architecture, (x86). I used the Vista 32 driver, the XP Pro/Home Driver.....I'm lost. Now....the printer installed flawless using the Vista 64 driver on my computer. I am putting this out there for some help here, and I will be contacting the printer support as well. Please help!

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My desktop running Widows 7 is hooked to an Epson NX300 USB printer. My wife's desktop is on Windows XP. Both are hooked to the internet through a wireless LAN.I tried through the control panel to implement printer sharing but can't get it to work. Are these 2 O.S. compatible for printer sharing? Am I missing something? Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:How do you share a printer between XP & 7?

File and Print sharing needs to be enabled under the Administrator settings...

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I have set up a networking system with
two computers. I have everything run-
ning good except sharing my printer.
I have an HP with windows xp,where
the printer is hooked. The one I am
trying to share with is running Vista
home Premium. The printer is a Lex-
mark 3500-4500 series wireless/wired.
I have it hard wired. My router is a
Linksys,Model BEFSR41. Any help
would be highly appreciated.
Thank You

Answer:How do You Share A Printer

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Hello, I have a wireless Dell desktop running Windows 7 ultimate and a Laptop running Windows deluxe 64 bit op system. I have an hp 4100 off the dell parallel port. I just installed a Belkin Surf wireless router but have the laptop next to it connected ethernet. I have enabled all sharing between these 2 computers and can access the dell from the laptop fine but not the other way, even though network discovery shows the Dell in laptop network devices.
My goal is to share that HP4100 off the dell with the laptop in the living room that is connected to the wireless router via ethernet cable.

I have looked at most everything i can think of: firewall settings, router firewall, etc etc but to no avail.

One interesting thing is that the laptop windows 7 64 bit home deluxe version has a provision to setup a "homegroup" but the Dell windows 32 bit ultimate does not.

I have both just setup as a workgroup now.

Thanks in advance for any help here, Bob

Answer:Cannot share printer...

Welcome to SevenForums Bob.
Try some of the tips in this link.
Networking home computers running different versions of Windows
Good luck to you with this problem
Did you run the add printer wizard from the laptop Device and Printers page?

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hi all trying to share a printer on xp home,with a vista laptop... all the settings are correct, vista sees the printer installs the drivers ..... but wont print to it either by printing a test page or sending a doc to print !!!!anyone any ideas ????

Answer:trying to share a printer ...

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Question: Share printer

I have a new laptop and would like to be able to print from it. I thought it would be easy to "share" the printer I use with my desktop but I've hit a wall. I have wireless connection throughout the house.

Answer:Share printer

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Question: Share a Printer

Hi Guys,

This is probably an easy problem for you, but for me...I'm lost. I have 2 computers, one on Windows 7 the other on Windows XP. I'm using a dsl router (hard wired) for both computers and have connected a Canon Pixma MG2520 to the computer using Windows 7 and the printer works fine. Now, I'm having trouble getting the other computer to use the printer also. I followed some online instructions, but when it says to do a printer test on the second computer, since they are not hard wired I get a fail to install. Any suggestions??
Thanks in advance,


P.S. If you know the solution, please give it to me step by step.... I'm slow.

Answer:Share a Printer

Enable file and printer sharing on both PCs; on the Windows 7 share the printer; on the XP connect to the printer that you find on the Windows 7.

Set Up Your Home Network, Windows 7 Edition

Short description for Windows 7 and 8 file and printer sharing:

Go into the Network and Sharing Center from the Control Panel or from the Network icon in the Notification Area. Your network must be designated 'Private' (or 'Home' or 'Work'). Click on Change advanced sharing settings. In the Private or Home or Work section you can configure File and printer sharing, Public folder sharing, and Password protected sharing.

You may want to change the Workgroup name. To check it or change it right click on "Computer" and select "Properties."

You must uninstall or properly configure any non-windows firewall (security suite).

A wizard way to enable file and printer sharing on XP:

Run the Network Setup wizard (found in Control Panel of XP). Tell it each of your computers connects to the internet via "residential gateway" and that you want to enable file and printer sharing. Create a disk at the end only if you have a PC with Windows ME or Windows older than ME.

Windows XP firewall (if SP2 or SP3) will be properly configured by the wizard (but make sure it is not set to &#8220;No Exceptions&#8221. You must uninstall or properly configure any 3rd party firewalls on each machine. Unique computer names and same workgroup, of co... Read more

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I upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium from Vista on my desktop. My home wireless networ was running smoothly. Since the upgrade I am no longer able to access my printer (Canon i9100) from my laptop running XP. My XP recognizes the network complete with my W 7 desktop and my son's Mac mini. The XP just will not connect with the printer the printer is a USB printer that functions well if directly plugged into the XP. When I try to print from the laptop with the printer plugged into the Win 7 desktop tho, it doesn't find the printer. When I try to "add a printer" to the XP through the Win 7, it keeps wanting to download the correct printer drivers but cannot find them anywhere. I have the original disk that contains the drivers but it will not load onto Win 7 (doesn't like 64 bit). Canon does have drivers for 64 bit so the printer works fine on Win 7. Is this too complicated a post? It's late and I'm pretty frustrated with the whole subject.
Any help would be appreciated.............

Answer:share printer with xp

Try this post where Kegobeer help with similar problem HP Laserjet 1200 No Go on Network should work on your xp machine, if it works, and it should, let him know he helped

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Question: share printer

Hello all,

I want to share a Expon LQ-1170 printer connected to Windows 7 to WinXP users. Both of them have the right driver installed. However when I connected to the Win7 printer, it say I hv to install the printer driver. I know there are x86 driver check box in the sharing option but I do not have the XP driver files as I think both of them come with the Windows. How can I solve it thanks a lot

Answer:share printer

Try just checking the x86 driver box and see what happens, it is very rare for people to have 64-bit XP so probably because the Win 7 PC is 64-bit it hasn't bothered to install the 32-bit driver which XP wants to use, hence XP says you need to install the driver. I don't have any 32-bit machines to test this out on (besides virtual XP which may or may not behave the same), so your only option is to check the box & try it yourself

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There is a wireless network. On the network is a desktop with XP and a printer connected directly. Also on the network is a laptop with Vista, and only one person's login on the laptop can print to the desktop's printer. The other logins want to be able to print to the desktop's printer as well. I think probably each user on the laptop has to install the printer, but the owner of the network said they tried that and it didn't work. I don't have any details of what they did when they tried.

Well, Best Buy set up the first login to print so I don't know how it was installed. I am not very familiar with Vista, and this network is not in town, so I'm trying to help this person over the phone, and therefore I can't do any hands on troubleshooting. I figure it's probably not too difficult to get a printer share working, so I'm here to see if anyone knows the solution from memory. Thanks to all who respond.

(not sure where to post, so posting in networking forum also)

Answer:help with printer share

We prefer if members only post one thread per question, I'll close this one and leave the one in Networking open for you;

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My computer has a printer connected to it. I am connected to the internet with an ethernet cable that goes into a router which in turn goes into a set-top box. The PC downstairs connects to the internet with a wireless adapter and through the router. How do I share my printer please?

Answer:Help to share a printer

click here for detailed instructions.

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I have used 7 (64 bit) long enough to be confident in using it as my main Windows machine.

Part of that is being a print server. I am staying with Workgroups to allow connecting to Linux boxes using Samba.

I installed the printer just fine.

But I can't see how to share it.

Google searches helped me verify some things.

Under Network and Sharing Center > Change Adapter Settings I do have File and Printer Sharing enabled.

Under Advanced sharing settings I have set the radio button to Turn on file and printer sharing.

But when I go to Devices and Printers in Control Panel, and go to properties of the printer, I do not have a sharing tab. Or anything share related on the context menu.

I can access folders on other machines, and I can share folders, but I get prompted for a password on other machines even though I have disabled passwords. That is a lower priority.

How can I share the printer?

Thank you!

Answer:Can't Share Printer

Hi Stephen67, welcome to the forums.

Have you selected 'Properties' or 'Printer Properties'?

Context Selection

Standard 'Properties'

'Printer properties'

Hope it's just a simple mixup, otherwise i'm out of ideas


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On a home network. My computer runs Windows 7 and this is the printer. I've never done this, but I would like to do it on my own (as much as possible ); I ant to learn how to set up network and share devices on it. If there's a tutorial somewhere about this, I would appreciate it very much.

Thanks fellas

Answer:Help me share the printer

What you are probably wanting is a wireless router. The printer is wireless (Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n )). Once the printer is connected to the wireless network, anyone on the network whether wired or wireless will have access. The reason I suggest a wireless router is more possibilities than simply the printer, and the assumption that you don't currently have a network.

If you are already connected to a network and are using the USB 2.0 connectivity, all you would need to do is share the printer within printer properties. This would allow anyone on the network to see and use the device.

Which of the two directions would you like to adventure into? What exactly do you have to work with at the moment, or are you planning on purchasing network gear?

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HELP PLEASE -- I am trying to transfer some pix I just took (31 in total) via dock to my computer.

After the 2nd pix has transferred over, I get a SCREEN BOX that says

"Transfer interrupted ===
REASON: The volume for a file has been externally altered so that the opened file is no longer valid."

I do not know what this means.

I also use Picasa by the way, don't know if that is affecting my problem?

I've never seen this message box ever before. Kodak is about 6 years old.

Please know that I am a computer moron so I am hoping that anything you say I can understand. Sorry.

Thank you in advance.

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Hi I have win 7 64 bit running on my pc and have a HP 4250 Laserjet printer installed and shared. I cannot connect to this printer from my laptop running win XP 32 bit. It keeps telling me that the required drivers are not installed on the server, but every driver I have tried to install has failed. Please could somebody assist me with this problem. Thanking you in advance.

Answer:How do I share windows 7 printer to XP

Hi "swifttom" and welcome to Seven Forums. Swifttom, I'd like to suggest that you have a look at this link, hopefully it will answer your question. It appears to be the same problem as your's. If by some chance it does not (very doubtful) come back and you could try "Search" (towards top of page) or click on "Tutorials" (little lower). It is also possible that someone else might have a different solution, we have some extremely talented and friendly people here on SF. The answer is here, we just have to find it. Best of Luck

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click here

Answer:printer share,without main pc on

See reply at "click there" ;)

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I have a NT 4 server, 2 WIN XP Pro boxes, 4 Win 98 boxes networked through a domain. I have only tried the following on one of the Win 98 boxes...which gives me an idea, that I should try it on the other three. But anyway, I am going to ask my question. I cannot get either of the XP Pro boxes to share their printer with the Win 98 machine. When I try to install the network printer (or even install it locally and then try to enter in the "port"), I get a box that comes up about IPC$ (May not be the right letters) and it wants a password. No password that I use anywhere on the domain will make it work! I have scoured the Internet and have done anything I have been able to find. Mostly that it has to be an administrator and that the 98 logged in user has to be a user on the XP Pro box and they must share the same password and it has to have a password; can't be a blank password that is used. Etc. All to no avail.

I have installed net beui everywhere also. I have flushed DNS. OH! I put both of them in a workgroup and then XP Pro is just a happy camper about sharing the printer with the 98 machine. But I need the XP Pro box to be logged into the domain to get another piece of software to work correctly with the server. But I did that as a test just to see if it would and it did.

I read today to delete the user on the XP Pro box and add them again. I have not tried that but the user was not on the XP Pro box when I started and then I added the user so I don't... Read more

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I have a router that two computers are connected to at the moment. I have a printer connected to one, which has XP, and the other has 98. I tried setting up a home network using the wizard, but i never can see either of them when I go to my network places or anywhere. I know I'm doing something wrong because I have no clue what to do, haha. Can anybody tell me where to start? Thanks!

Answer:XP and 98 to share files & printer, how?

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It looks like I'm double posting, as I had already posted a question regarding this, but nobody responded, and I had some updates but I somehow couldn't edit the post (the edit button is missing).
Well I know how to share a printer, I turned on printer sharing in Network & Sharing Center.
The path should be \\[computer name]\Epson Stylus Photo 890 (M) and it used to work, I could print on the XP Pro machine wirelessly without a problem.
Now it doesn't work. I enabled Printer Sharing in PC Tools Firewall Plus, and I even tried shutting down the firewall temporarily, but it still doesn't work.
Any idea on why it stopped working? Thanks!

Answer:Share a printer between Ultimate & XP Pro

well this is probably a dumb suggestion, but make sure that network discovery is on and that you have file and printer sharing enabled. make sure you are all part of the same workgroup. Firstly rather than doing the printer thing, make sure that you can access all the other computers on the network. also on the xp computer, just set up the network place again and make sure file and printer sharing are on through that. tell me some details about your setup and I will try as hard as i can

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Hi i wonder if someone can help, i have already tired contacting Asus and posting on the Asus forum but no response yet, so hoping someone can help me out.

I recently bought a Asus DSL N13 router and one of the points that made me purchase it was the ability to plug a printer in via USB and all users on the network could share this printer. I double checked that my printer (Cannon IP4300) was compatible and its on the list here ( I've set up the router and this work fine, both my desktop (running windows 7 64 bit) and my laptop (running vista 32 bit) can access the router and connect to the internet fine, both via ethernet cable and over wireless connection.

However I've been banging my head against a wall with regards to sharing the printer. I can connect the printer to the router and in the router configuration there is a tab for the printer server and this see's my printer (Cannon IP4300). However when i try to add a new printer on either my desktop or laptop i cannot see the printer, whatever i try!

I would say i am more than competent with regards to networking and computing but this has got my well and truly stumped!

Any ideas would be most appreciated!!

Answer:Cannot share printer Asus DSL N13

are you adding it as a network printer? Browse for network printer

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HiI am looking for a colour laser to share between 2 computers both running windows xp. Have thought about attaching the printer by ethernet cable to my router but dont have a clue about what else i will need to do to get my computers to talk to it (one connected by cable to router, the other wirelessly connected).Printer must be cheap on consumables and will expect it to print about 400 pages per day max so printing speeds should not be too slow and it must be durable, so dont mind spending around 400. Will be printing mostly black and white but some colour too (not photos)Bamboozled by all the choice!Thanks

Answer:need a printer to share between 2 computers

Thanks, I was really struggling there

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We've got two computers in the Homegroup on our network -- call them computers A and B. Computer A (info below) is running Windows 7 Professional, Computer B is running Windows 7 Home Premium. Computer A has an ethernet cable to the router, Computer B is connecting via WiFi.

The problem is: Computer A can access files and the printer on Computer B, but Computer B cannot access Computer A. When I'm on B and attempt to add A's printer, I get a message that:

"file and print sharing device A is online but isn't responding to connection attempts"

In the HomeGroup window on A, all sharing options (pictures, documents, music, printers, videos) are checked.

What's my next step?

Thanks to all in advance!
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5870 @ 2.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3932 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family, 1838 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 294042 MB, Free - 20454 MB; F: Total - 953865 MB, Free - 855514 MB; Q: Total - 9999 MB, Free - 2609 MB;
Motherboard: LENOVO, 28427PU
Antivirus: Avira Desktop, Updated and Enabled

Answer:Can't share files or printer

hiy,how is the printer connected,wi-fi or cable to pc,workgoup name-same,file printer sharing chequed on both pc's,network discovery-on,password protection sharing-off.

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I have a new laptop with Vista and a desktop with xp. I believe I have set up a network properly, but I don't know how to set up printer sharing. The printer is connected to the xp computer with a usb cable. I have chosen to allow sharing on the xp computer, but when I try to "add printer" on the vista laptop, it doesn't allow it. I tried something mentioned in another thread to no avail. I have also searched other threads for the info I need. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Solved: Possible to share a printer?

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Question: Printer wont share

I have a printer on PC A and the driver and software has been reinstalled and rebooted several times.
I am not able to get the printer icon to show that it is shared, and I cant see it on PC B which is the wireless router.
I have had no problem until I did a clean and reinstall of my XP Home.
I have printer sharing selected on my fire wall (Windows XP)
I seem to have a PORT problem.

I have checked the USB setting in system, all are green.

so, if someone would offer some assistance I'll keep on trying

Answer:Printer wont share

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I have a desktop computer with Windows XP, a laptop with Windows 7, and a router. Both computers and the router are configured for internet access. The desktop computer is connected with an Ethernet-cable to the router, the laptop connects wireless. There's a printer connected to the desktop computer, which I wanted to share with the laptop. When I open the Network panel from the Windows 7, I see the laptop and the desktop computer. When I double-click the laptop, I can see the printers installed on the LAPTOP. But when I double-click the desktop computer, an error message appears, which says, that I don't have permission to access that computer, due to invalid password, blank password not allowed, logon hour restriction etc., and I can't see the printer on that machine.(it's shared) Screenshot: Both computers belong to the same workgroup and network. From the desktop computer I don't even see listed neither the desktop computer nor the laptop, but that's not important. The main thing is, that I want to print from the laptop using the printer connected to the desktop computer. My question is, that how can I give permission the laptop to see the shared printers and files on the desktop computer?

Answer:Cannot share printer and files

Which A/V software are you using on these systems cbs362?

If you don't see the desktop listed then something is blocking it.

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I have two pc's operating on a kvm switch and I need to be able to have both pc's able to print to a single usb printer. The oldest PC has only one usable USB port which the KVM is connected to at the moment..was wondering if it would be possible to plug in a USB hub into the old PC and then run two cables from the to the KVM switch, one to a auto switch that would allow both PC's to use the single printer.

Anyone try this kind of arrangement? Just wondering if the KVM switch would work in a hub or not..

Answer:Two PC's on KVM switch share a usb printer?

Your mileage may vary, but this did NOT work for me.
How about the other PC?
I assume you are networked, put the printer on the newer PC and share it.

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click hereLinking code copied to clipboard at the moment i have printer connected to main pc,we can all share printer on the network butttt main pc has to be turned on,could i use the device in the link to solve this?or any recomendations.thanks

Answer:printer share,without main pc on

Yes, that should do what you want. I have a similar Linksys Network Print Server with which I can print from any PC, without having to rely on a 'host' PC being on.

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Hi, I'm new to this forum having got my new vista machine several months ago. The problem is this: I cannot get my 64 bit vista machine to connect to a printer connected to my 32 bit XP machine. I have read all kinds of advice on various forums and the microsoft support site but nothing seems to work. Both computers have been networked for some time, I am able to share files and folders, both computers see the other in their network folder. I have pinged the printer, the other computer back and forth and everything is OK. I can see the network printer connected to the host computer but when I try to connect, I get the message that the server does not have the correct driver(s) installed. The printer prints fine from the XP machine. When I tried to install the drivers on the Vista machine I was told by HP that they do not have a full version of the drivers for my 64 bit macnhine but could only provide basic drivers which I downloaded and installed. I have tried creating a new port with the host computer name and printer name but all I get is the network path cannot be found. I have followed some of the suggestions for similiar problems on this site where people have had success but those ideas just don't work. The printer is a HP Photosmart 7960 which I have had for several years. Right now I am at my wits end and ready to go back and start over, maybe I missed something minor. If anyone on this site has any suggestions or ideas I would be willing to try anything.

Answer:Absolutely cannot share printer

Is it possible to connect the printer to the Vista machine?

I have a similar situation in that my Epson printer has the driver in the firmware. When connected it automatically load the Vista driver. If I connect it to my Vista64 PC, I can share it over the Lan. But if I connect it to my Windows7 PC, it will only print locally. There is no driver to download. If you can't get it to work connected to the Vista PC you may have to investigate one of those network doodads that lets you share on your network directly. Plugs into the switch/router/gizmo/whatever.

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I have a new Samsung All-in-one printer without Wireless Built-in. I have wireless internet from AT&T at home... What I need to do so I can share this Samsung printer with other four laptops? Thanks in advance.

Answer:How to share a non-wireles printer?

Does your router have a print-sharing feature?

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My PC is dual booted as described in my signature below.
I cannot print to the new Brother HL2040 printer physically attached to the other PC(Duron) from Win98SE. I can print to it from WinXP. File and print sharing is ticked in Network Neighborhood in Win98SE.
Prior to installing WinXP, I did not have any problems printing to the formerly used HP 722C printer from Win98.
While booted to Win98SE (on my PC) I can ping the Duron and I can ping my PC. When I am booted to WinXP, I can ping the Duron but I cannot ping my PC.
On the Duron PC, I can ping my PC's IP but cannot ping the Duron's IP. I don't know if any of this presents a problem or not---I only know that I can print using WinXP but can't print when using Win98SE. Any solution from any one? Will appreciate all input. As always, TIA.

Answer:Cannot share my networked printer

^BUMP^ because others are getting replies and my thread may just need to be moved up the "ladder". Is it possible that the Brother HL2040 cannot be networked using Win98SE? Anyone with experience in networking Brother printers out there? Maybe a brother requires special attention. I have to ask that because I don't know the answer.
Again, TIA.

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I have just reformatted by desktop pc and reinstlled the HP2300dtn and set it shared so my colleague can also use it. But the other PC cannot see it. I am installing through the Add Printer Wizard as a "netowrk printer or printer attached to another computer," selecting "connect to this printer," and then browsing to the list. The entire network, including my pc, shows up, but when double clicking it nothing happens. The printer should appear so it can be installed, but doesn't. I had this problem last year after a similar excercise, but cannot remember how I cured it. Must write things down in future.Obviously a network problem, but I have checked every setting and cannot see what else to try.Grateful for any help.

Answer:Unable to share printer

Sorry should have mentioned, the printer is connected to LPT1 and was sharing without problem before the format.

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I require some information on the best/easiest method of setting up my printer to work wirelessly. It will be shared by both my Dell dimension desktop and my wireless enabled Acer laptop. I currently have a Belkin ADSL2+ F5D7633 router setup to share my broadband connection. I am told that this router enables peripheral sharing however I am unsure as to the best method to adopt. I have found out that there are both wireless and wired options can anyone shed somelight on the mysteries of printer sharing. Cheers!!

Answer:Wirelessly share my printer

Have a look at this link click here it explains how to set up ahome network, including printer sharing.

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There is a wireless network. On the network is a desktop with XP and a printer connected directly. Also on the network is a laptop with Vista, and only one person's login on the laptop can print to the desktop's printer. The other logins want to be able to print to the desktop's printer as well. I think probably each user on the laptop has to install the printer, but the owner of the network said they tried that and it didn't work. I don't have any details of what they did when they tried.

Well, Best Buy set up the first login to print so I don't know how it was installed. I am not very familiar with Vista, and this network is not in town, so I'm trying to help this person over the phone, and therefore I can't do any hands on troubleshooting. I figure it's probably not too difficult to get a printer share working, so I'm here to see if anyone knows the solution from memory. Thanks to all who respond.

(not sure where to post, so posting in hardware forum also)

Answer:Solved: help with printer share

can someone tell me, is "bumping" allowed?


also, can someone maybe help me with my printer question?

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All the info I can find by searching for printer sharing tells me how to share a printer connected to my PC, but in this case the printer is on a Vista SP2 PC, it is set for sharing, and I want to have it share the printer with my W8.1 PC.

When I try to find the printer it does not find any.

What is the correct procedure for connecting a W8.1 PC to a Vista SP2 PC attached printer.



Answer:Share a Vista PC Printer with a W8.1 PC

Can you see files in the C:\Users\Public folders of the two machines from the other machine?

Those folders should be shared by default. If you cannot see the contents from the other machine then there is something missing. Perhaps file and printer sharing is not enabled or the network discovery service is not running.

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Last time i tried to run X64 i had everything running great except for my girlfriends laptop. I tried several different tweaks that i found on the net to try and get these two to play nice but couldnt get it to work. Basically i have my computer which is connected to a Linksys router and my Epson printer. When i share the printer on 32bit windows all works fine, but on X64 i tried repeatedly and no matter what her computer wouldnt see the printer through the wireless network. Has anyone tried this and got it to work successfuly?

Answer:How to Share a Printer from X64 to XP 32bit

same workgroup...same subnet ...? ..built in firewall ,or other, have appropriate rules set or disabled? ..file and printer sharing installed? ..does the printer work fine on the computer that it is directly installed on?


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Ok, I truly feel like a moron. I tried googling, but everything was so tech-speak that I could only sit here mouth breathing and drooling on the desk. (Got the visual yet?) We have two teenagers and we've been just perfectly fine, in my (mom-as-a-complete-idiot) opinion, with one computer. Well a very good family friend upgraded everything in his 5-computers-for-4-people house. and with the most amazing and remarkable generosity, he gave us his "old" stuff. I am so truly humbled I can not put into words. Here's where you gods of assistance come in:
Now we have a teeny tiny house so we are trying to design a type of "work station" that will be well organized-gotta love Ikea-but will fit in the space and hold 2 computers and all their associated accouterments. We are hoping to somehow connect both computers, that will be side by side, to one printer. Can it be done by one so challenged as me?
You have come through on every occasion for me, so I know you can help me with this. I just hope I can understand your response. Although I don't know why I am bothering you. After all I have TWO teenagers, and they KNOW EVERYTHING!
now, where's that tequila........

Answer:can 2 computers share a printer?

Good grief! 2 kids and you still drink that stuff! :-D

The short answer is yes, they can share a printer. The easiest way is to use a router and setup a small network.

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i have a hp inkjet 4400 printer wired to vista computer with usb, trying to share with compaq xp service pack 3. i have network setup using xp as main computer connected to internet. internet sharing working. have installed printer on both computers. set both computers to workgroup. need help. computers are networked with ethernet cable with xp connected to internet thru linksys wireless adapter.

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I have Win 7 Home Premium 32 bit and a HP Photosmart D5160 Printer. I have uninstalled everything and re-installed all the drivers and softwear. When I go to printer properties, sharing, and click "share this printer", then click "Apply", I get the following msg: "Printer settings could not be saved. Operation could not complete
(error 0x000006d9)"

I'm at a loss at what to do. I know I was able to share this printer before. I can't think of anything I might have done to mess things up. I can still go to my other computers thru the network and see all the files on each computer. I have a home network with two desktops and a laptop. All are running Win7 Home Premium, 32 bit.

Answer:Can't share HP D5160 printer

Check this out - may help you seeing what others have done to fix it....

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I am actually reading about 90% of the threads in this forum now, but I just wanted to ask just in case.

I have 2 laptops, both XP Pro, linksys wireless b router, b&g wireless cards, and an all-in-one printer. My goal is to finally get it working correctly.

I have used the networking wizard numerous times to no avail. I am either going to buy a wireless print server or get this thing working.

Fairly sure the XP firewalls are down, Norton Internet Security is running, and any help would be appreciated. Oh yeah, I can't share any information between the two computers either.

Any help is greatly appreciated, and back to reading. I will be checking back regularly if you need any questions answered, and thanks again in advance.

Edit: I have tried to add a network printer numerous times, I just saw that in another thread and thought I would rule that out.

2nd edit: I found someone with a similar problem at this post and have changed those settings. The problem now is when I run the wizard on the second laptop, it has been attemptin to set up the wizard for about 20 minutes now.

After 4 1/2 hours on the phone to India (Microsoft) and the Phillipines (Linksys), $35 to Microsoft, and and a new linksys works like a charm.

Answer:XP networking - can't share printer

Okay, changing those settings I can now see it in network connections. I still can't print to it though. it says the print spooler is not working, and I followed mocrsoft's advice on that one....but it was already set up correctly.
Please help, this is driving me nuts due to the fact it seems like I am very close to having it set up finally....

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H there,I tried many times to connect my printer-connected with my XP PC with USB cable- to my Vista wireless laptopWindows Vista - Network Printer Setup1) Connect the printer to the Vista "client" PC, as though it were to be used with that computer, and install it. This ensures that it has all the necessary software/drivers on board. 2) Reconnect it to the "host" PC and, in its Properties, set it as "shared". Make a note of both the host PC's "Computer Name" and the printer's "Share Name".3) In the Vista "client" PC, launch the "Add a Printer" wizard and select the "Add a local printer" option. This automatically opens a new dialog box in which to select the Port. 4) Click the "Create a new port" radio button and leave the drop-down menu options on the default of "Local Port". Click Next.5) A small box opens in which to enter the Port Name. Type in the path to the "shared" printer in the host PC using the format \\computername\sharename where computername and sharename are the details .THIS IS WHERE I HAVE A PROBLEM the message -the network path was not found-6) Select the Printer driver from the list provided, which should include the driver you originally installed, otherwise use the "Have Disk" button to install the correct Vista driver if it is not in the list. It is essential that a Vista-compatible driver for your printer is used. Click Next.7) Give the printer a name and choose whether to set it as the default. Click Next.8) Print a test page to verify functionality a... Read more

Answer:share a printer between XP and Vista

Are the two computers already networked reliably for "file sharing" and with any firewall software properly configured?

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