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Cannot share a printer on Windows 7 64 bit PC with a Vista PC

    Question

  • I've connected my Canon MP160 Inkjet to my new HP CQ5320Y running 64bit Windows 7 - works fine. I shared this printer on my home network.
    When I add a network printer from my HP laptop running Vista the setup wizard does not find the printer named "MP160 Shared Printer". But when I enter the path \\pc-name\MP160 Shared Printer - a login screen pops up... I enter a valid user and password for CQ5320Y and I connect. Setup completes.
    And when I run "test print" during setup - it prints fine. Exit setup and print a word document - works fine. Shut down and restart laptop... try to print and get error - "Windows cannot print due to problem with current printer setup". don;t think so... must be something to do with permissions, logins etc... but cannopt figure it out??? Help!?!
    Wednesday, January 20, 2010 2:37 AM

Answers

  • Have a look at homegroup http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/HomeGroup-frequently-asked-questions and this is probably overkill but worth a review http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-7/share-files-and-printers-between-windows-7-and-xp/ (you can ignore the XP part).
    To share a printer attached to your computer
    1. Open Network and Sharing Center by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, and then clicking Network and Sharing Center.

    2. Click the arrow button Picture of the arrow button next to Printer sharing to expand the section, click Turn on printer sharing, and then click Apply. Your printer is now shared on the network. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    3. If you are using a computer connected to a workgroup, click the arrow button Picture of the arrow button next to Password protected sharing to expand this section, and then check to see if password-protected sharing is turned on or off. If it is turned on, only people with a user account and password for this computer will be able to access your printer. Turn this off if you want anyone on the network to be able to access the printer you are sharing. To change this setting, select the option you prefer, and then click Apply. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    Note

    Anyone using this computer can already use any printer attached to the computer. Printer sharing allows you to share your printer with people using other computers on the network.


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    • Marked as answer by Novak Wu Monday, January 25, 2010 2:49 AM
    Wednesday, January 20, 2010 5:53 AM