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Traverse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

Right Click the Windows key and click Permissions?

Select Allow on Full Control permission and click OK


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Preferred Solution: SHARE PRINTER ERROR 0x00000709

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I have two printers attached to a XP system desktop. I also have 2 vista laptops. One can use the printers and the other just recently gets the error message operation could not be completed (error 0x00000709) Make sure that you have typed the name correctly and that the printer is connected to network. I can see the XP computer on the network and can open other files and use them. I can see the printers also but get this error message when clicking on them. I need help. I tried to everything and nothing works. Everything in Vista is the same on both laptops. Both are Dell. Help!


A:Network printer error 0x00000709

I have same problem connecting from my laptop running Vista 32 to a PC running Vista64 with networked computer. It worked fine in the past, but after many upgrades (service pack 1 etc) error has occured. Using Kodak AIO printer but this problem seems not to be printer specific. I'll let you know if I figure it out.

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I'm installing an HP 1020N Lasjet printer and keep getting an error 0x00000709. Any ideas on how to resolve it?

A:Printer Problem Error 0x00000709

Welcome to Seven forums AMM.

I'm sure we'll need more info as to exactly what you've done, tried so far along with your system specs. System Info - See Your System Specs

Is this printer local or on a Home Group or network?

Here is the driver page to download the latest driver from HP.
HP LaserJet 1020 Printer series*-* Download drivers and software - HP Business Support Center

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i cant set up my printer as a default printer. i receive error code 0x00000709. with the message (double check the printer name and make sure the printer is connected to the network.)
i deleted all other printer listing from the control panel- hardware-device and printer. since then i cant set my printer Hp Desk-jet 1515. also i cant print from the net or any pdf file. only print is word document.

Help please.


A:cant set my Default Printer, error 0x00000709

Hi and Welcome to SevenForums,

Please take a look at these 2 links, both provide the same solution but one has a lot of screenshots to help guide you.
Unable to setup Default Printer, error message: 0X00000709 - Microsoft Community
Alternative PC Solutions: Unable to set DEFAULT PRINTER? - Let's troubleshoot

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Have three computers (Dell 1 running xp pro, Dell 2 running vista, and Acer running win 7). Dell 1 and Acer are wired to a router (Netgear WNR2000) and Dell 2 is wireless to the same router, have a home network setup. All of the computers can see each other on the network and exchange files. The Dell 1 and Acer computers have HP printers connected through usb ports (the Acer has HP photosmart c4180 printer and the Dell 1 has HP deskjet 970cse). Both of these computers can access each others printers via the network. The problem is the Dell 2 computer cannot access either printer. I get the error message 0x00000709 when trying to access either printer. I have tried reinstalling the printers on both computers, installed printer drivers on the Dell 2 for both printers, checked printer sharing settings, etc. I need help solving this problem....thanks.

A:Vista printer error 0x00000709

found this on windows vista forum might what to try it.
Reinstall the printer software on your PC to which the printer is connected. Make sure you reboot it. Then install the same software on your laptop(s) and when asked to connect the printer, click cancel. Reboot. Check your laptop's printer folder. You should be all set!!! their are other sugestions on this link http://www.vistax64.com/network-shar...x00000709.html

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I accidently deleted my printer from the list of printers. The printer is located on another Windows system (\\print-server) and works perfectly. If I open Explorer and type \\print-server into the address bar I see the printer Canon_MG5350. If I double-click on it though the printer is not installed. Instead an error 0x00000709 is shown.

What must I do to reinstall the network printer into my system?

A:Win 8.1 doesn't accept printer, error 0x00000709

Problem solved!
This YouTube video helped me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0ZopPl9mW0

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Hi. I am using windows 7 Home professional. I installed Epson 3540 and I can print to it wirelessly; I can scan with it but I cannot set it as the deault printer.
I get error message 0x00000709.  I researched a little and I believe I need to alter the registry to recognize the printer.
I set up two different users on my computer and in each I can setup up 3540 as default printer (in regedit they point to the correct printe,r the 3540) but in the main user account I cannot setup 3540 as default. 
I went in to regedit and in windows NT; current version, windows, devices in my main user account I have device pointing to an old printer I do not have.{ Device Reg_SZ  workforce610 (network), winspool, Ne00:}
If I want to alter that command and make it Device Reg_SZ Epson 7B217 (WF-3540 Series), winspool, Ne05:
How would I do that?
Or do you have other suggestions?
Thanks for your help..

A:error 0x00000709; hi new printer Epson 3540

According to Microsoft:  Changing/Setting a default printer in one user account cannot have the same setting in the other user account. The other users can use the same default printer only if they are connected in a network.
When you first set a printer as your default printer, that printer then becomes the default for the network you're connected to.
In the same computer, different users have to set the default printer individually. However, once you set the default printer in any user account you can change the setting to use the same printer for printing in each user account so that it will print using the same printer by default, every time that user tries to print.
Refer the link below and follow the steps given under the section “To use the same printer” to do the same:
Printing to the correct printer
Additional information on:
Change your default printer
Also, if this is an new printer, call Epson

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Hello everyone,
So my company has a print server in our UK office. Everyone seems to be able to print to it except 1 person. This user (let's call her Sally) had the printer installed already from the print server and the next day, it disappeared. Now, trying to reinstall it, no matter what user I'm logged in as on this specific computer, I get this error:
Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000709). Double check the printer name and make sure that the printer is connected to the network.
As I said, other people have been printing to it and I'm in our USA office and I was able to install the printer from the UK print server on my own computer. Just out of curiousity, I've tried stopping and restarting the print spooler, tried stopping and restarted the print server DNS server service, tried stopping and restarting Sally's computer's DNS client service, tried running Ccleaner. I've even tried installing other printers from the same print server and I even connected Sally's computer to our USA print server and couldn't install any of those printers either.
The only thing I could find in Google searches have been if you are getting this error when trying to change your default printer to another printer on the client computer, which is not the case for me. The printer was already installed, disappeared, and now I cannot get it reinstalled, getting the above error message.
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A:Network Printer Install - Error 0x00000709

This is only a guess but open Devices and Printers. Click on the Microsoft XPS printer. In the menu bar click Print Server Properties. Under the Drivers tab remove any driver of the printer that disappeared and the ones you tried to add if any. 
Then try adding the printer again. You may have already seen this video on the 0x00000709 error.

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We are migrating from XP to Windows 7 and using USMT offline to migrate user settings etc.
Network printers are migrated but on the users first login if the user tries to set their default printer they receive the following error message:-

"Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000709) Double check the printer name and make sure that the printer is connected to the network."  

The printer is in fact installed and it is possible to print a test print, just not set the default printer.

The issue is resolved by restarting the print spooler (or logging out and back in or rebooting or re-installing the printer) so is only
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A:Printers "Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000709) Double check the printer name and make sure that the printer is connected to the network."

According to the error message, I assume that the spooler service cannot find out the printer on the network.

You may set the startup type of Printer Spooler service to Manual or Delayed Start for a test.Juke Chou
TechNet Community Support

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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]

A: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.
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I am unable to make my HP Officejet my default printer from my HP Pavillion dv6-3230us, I get error 0x00000709. I tried to follow the instructions on how to fix it in the registry editor an it did not allow me to make any changes. I noticed that there was and old printer HP S4200 series with the default still attached to it. I contacted HP Support since March of 2017 and had numerous techs. help me but after restarting my PC I still get the error message. I am not very knowledgeable about computers yet and could really use the help in resolving this issue since I purchased my printer a few years ago.

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Hi all, I have a weird problem. And also complicated, 'cos not even my CISCO Network teacher has been able to give me a solution. I think I need some smart people here

The thing is that I can't share my printer (connected by USB to my PC) with my laptop on another room, over the local network (in Win7 the name is Home Group).

The printer model is not relevant because time ago I was able to do what I'm trying now.

All my configurations are OK, at least the basic ones, because there's definetely something wrong with my PC, and here's why: if I take my laptop and put it next to the printer and connect it to it (by the same USB cable), I can access the printer with my PC, while it's been shared by the laptop.

That proves that the internal network is fine. Also, all the configurations of the printer and also of the home group are literally same in both PCs, the big one and the laptop.

Both PCs run Win7. I have tried this, Connect to printer error - Microsoft Windows Vista Community Forums - Vistaheads, but it didn't work.

The printer is also properly installed on my PC, it is not a driver problem or something like that.

My AV is ESET ESSBE 4, but I don't think it's related, because I have tried deactivating its firewall, and also, on the laptop the AV is the same and the
printer did work.

The services are also equal in both PC's now. I have even tried changing the network adaptor on my PC (from Ethernet to Wifi). Nothing.

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A:Can't share printer on local network (0x00000012 error)

Do you have the Windows firewall turned on? If not you won't be able to share the printer until it's turned back on again.

Once that is done the link below shows some set up procedures that should work for you.

Can't share printer, get error

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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.

A: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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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 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?


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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?

A: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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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.

A: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 “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 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.

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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.


A:Trying to share printer

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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?


A:How do you share a printer?

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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.


A: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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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?

A: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 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

A:Can't get printer to share

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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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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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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)

A: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; http://forums.techguy.org/networking/669986-help-printer-share.html

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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 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


A:Share a printer under MS-DOS

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

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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.....?

A: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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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.

A: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 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?

A: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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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.............

A: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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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

A: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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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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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

A: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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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

A: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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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.


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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

A: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 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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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

A: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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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 desktop....so what could be wrong??

laptop = xp home. desktop = win98

A: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,http://www.onecomputerguy.com/software/xp_netbeui.zip


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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?

A:Can't Share Printer

On the printer that isn't working, go into the Control Panel and see if it's finding the printer (Devices and Printers). If so, right click and try the Troubleshooter.

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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.


A:How do you REALLY share a printer?

Hi Peter,

See if you can follow this Tutorial.

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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?


A: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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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

A: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 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.

A:share a printer

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

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