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Printer shared Win7, but access stopped at the computer.

Q: Printer shared Win7, but access stopped at the computer.

Hello. My apologies for the vague title, there's not a lot of room to sumarize. Here's the issue:

A printer shared on a Windows 7 pc cannot be accessed because the user is stopped when accessing the computer itself.

Sound confusing? Allow me to clarify...

The hosting computer is a Windows 7 Pro (32 bit) machine with a shared printer attached, hereafter referred to as: W7x86. It's on a workgroup with the following other computers: Win 7 Home x64 laptop (W7x64) Win 8 CP Media PC (W8x86), Win XP Pro laptop (WinXP).

I'm not using homegroups, and there are shared folders on the W7x86 computer which are accessible by the right accounts (e.g. administrator has access to the whole thing, whereas other accounts only have access to specialized shared folders).

Here's the specific problem I'm encountering. The printer is shared with EVERYONE allowed access to print and manage documents. However, if you try to add the printer on any of the other computers (XP, Win 7, Win 8), you are blocked by the request for additional permissions to connect to the hosting computer. The only account allowed past this point is the administrator account (which I don't know why, since I'm only trying to access a shared printer). Once you're past this point, you can add the printer. So I'm sure you're thinking, "That's just UAC or installer permissions." There's more...

Once this printer is added, I'll restart one of the connecting computers in question (say the W7x64 laptop), and when I log back on the printer is added. However, when I try to print to it, I cannot. The printer cannot be accessed, and print jobs will hang in the queue. The ONLY way to get them to go through is to try to connect to the host computer (W7x86) say by clicking on it in the network computers, which will then request an account to authenticate (admin). Once you've authenticated, ta da... print jobs go through.

So I know this is something jacked up in my permissions settings, but I'll be dipped if I can figure out where. No one has a "deny" permission set anywhere.

Any help would be deeply appreciated.

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A: Printer shared Win7, but access stopped at the computer.

I feel like an idiot for not thinking of the simple solutions...

One of the first things to remember in a workgroup environment is the end users have the unfortunate flexibility of having different passwords for each account they have on every computer (unlike a domain environment). Such a simple solution, but I didn't think of it 'till now because I work in a domain environment 99% of the time.

So yeah, said user changed their password on their laptop and didn't tell me, thus the host computer said, "Hey your password's not valid." Change the passwords to match and...

*sigh* Problem solved.

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We have two Windows 7 machines on our LAN, one of them having a printer connected to it. The problem is, when I connect to the printer from the computer with no printer attached, it says, Downloading driver..., Finishing Installation..., and then a message box pops up: Connect to printer: Windows could not connect to the printer. Access is denied.

OK, I have disabled both firewalls, disabled both antivirus programs, shared the printer, made sure the printers security was set up right (Everyone: print, control printer).

And yes, I have tried using a Local Port named like this: \\<computername>\\<printer>
And no, that did not fix the problem.

I think it has something to do with the computer the printer is attached to, it had all of its services disabled, but I have enabled enough so that the printer shows up as available on the network.

Any help would be much appreciated!

A:Win7-Win7 printer sharing; connect to printer access denied

On the computer that has the print device connected to it.
go into your Device and Printers > Right click on the printer > printer properties > security > Then add the user account of the other computer with at least the print permissions.

Remember that the manage documents permission a lone does not allow the user to print.

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Hi, got a problem with Win7 trying to connect wirelessly to a desktop PC shared printer

-The printer is connected to the XP PC using a cable, and has a share name allocated.
-I managed to get a Vista laptop connected to the printer wirelessly. At first it gave me an error msg about 'access denied', but I added it as a local printer with a new local port and the '\\pcname\sharename' and it worked!
-I thought the Win7 laptop would be easy but when I search it cannot even 'see' the XP desktop. When I search for other devices in Win7 it sees the Vista laptop but not the XP PC.

What can I do to connect up the printer to the Win7 laptop?

Many thanks


A:Win7 laptop won't sonnect to XP shared printer

1- Make sure the printer on the xp machine is shared. Right click the printer, click Sharing, click the Share This Printer button and give it a name, say XPPrint

2 - On the windows 7 machine, go to control panel > Network and Internet. Then click on View network computers and devices under Network and Sharing Center. You should see the XP machine here, double click the computer name and you should see the printer. Right click and select Connect ... Your windows 7 machine should add the printer to its list.

If it says Can't connect to printer:

On windows 7 machine Click Start > Devices and printers, at the top click Add a printer, then click Local Printer, Yes i mean local even though its not, we're going to fool windows 7.

Next click Create a new port, and choose Local Port, click next and type the path to the printer, it should be something like : \\XPMACHINENAME\XPPRINT ... Replacing XPMACHINENAME with your xp machine name, and XPPRINT with what you earlier named the printer.

Now choose the printer driver from the list or download the latest driver for the printer and choose Have Disk. Note that if you printer is a little older, it’s a good idea to download the Windows 7 driver for the printer and click Have Disk.

When windows has loaded the driver you will be able to print from the printer :)

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Desktop has windows 7 7100 (64 bit)
Laptop has Vista Premium (32 Bit)
Desktop has USB wired HP j6480 all in one printer shared
Cannot connect to printer from laptop unless Windows 7 has login password enabled.

Any ideas on how to share this printer when windows 7 has no password

A:Shared Win7 Printer-no connect from VistaPrem if no psw

Set up a password on Win7 machine!

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I have a home network consisting of a company-issued WinXP Pro desktop (HP) and a personal Win7 Home Premium laptop (HP). The WinXP machine has a HP printer (hp PSC 2210) connected via USB. This printer is "shared" by the WinXP machine (shared as "hppsc220"). *Unfortunately*, the WinXP machine uses a work-related domain name, and can't be changed. It's not on a "WORKGROUP".

Both machines are on the same LAN, but aren't in the same workgroup/homegroup or domain.
WinXP box is on
Win7 box has ip

I want to create a network printer on my new Win7 box for this printer. If I use "Add a Printer | Add a network, wireless, or Bluetooth Printer", the Win7 box does not "see" this printer, even though it's shared. I assume because of the domain/group differences?

So, I try "My printer wasn't listed...", and I try to use the "Select a shared printer by name". When I try to specify the name


I get a Error "Windows failed to connect to the printer" (operation failed with error 0x0000051f).

Can anyone suggest a remedy?

A:Problem creating network printer on Win7 shared from WinXP

If you want the printer to be in the network, then all the computers has to be in the same work group.
See, how to change the work group of your computer:
How to change your Computer Name (or Workgroup) in Windows XP – Simple Help

Then only the printer can be configured with those computer. Even if your printer is not wireless capable and your wireless router has a USB port, printer can be made as a network printer.

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So yesterday I decided to set up and optimize my home network by creating shared folders and stuff. As an IT student I'm learning about security so I started by disabling all the Home Group config and creating users with passwords and enabling password authentication so everytime I want to access a computer/folder I have to enter an user (I have more than one for when I need only read or write to a shared folder).

The only problem I have is when I try to access XP. I have one XP and three Sevens. In one of the Sevens, when I try to enter the XP shared folder it ask me for an user/password, something like this:


Note: I'm using a workgroup, not a domain.

But on the other two Sevens I can't access XP. It says permission denied, or something, but the thing is that they don't ask for credentials.

I guess is NOT a XP problem, but how can I fix this?


A:Can't access from Win7 to XP shared folder

theres an option for turning on lower security in the advanced settings / file sharing options.. you need to lower the encryption.
Hope that helps you.

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I have a home network with three machines 2 with 2000 and one with XP.
I cannot access a shared printer (connected to a win2000 machine) from the XP machine unless I am an administrator.
I disabled win xp firewall with no better luck.
I installed the printer drivers in XP as network printer with no problem (as administrator) but when I log in in a regular (non admin) account I cannot see the printer.
The printer is shared to ALL USERS and to NETWORK.
Likewise, I cannot see either any USB devices such as my camera or removeable storage devices. They show up ok as drive letters when I log in as admnistrator.

Hope someone can help.
Thank you

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I am having what seems to be a very common issue - Windows 7 computer unable to access a shared printer connected to an XP Home machine.

I have tried tried several of the "fixes" suggested in this forum but no luck.

Here is the configuration. I have an HP printer connected to an XP Home machine.

The printer is shared and I can access it from another desktop (XP Home) connected to the local network via a cable and a laptop (XP Professional) connected via a wireless connection.

I have another Windows 7 laptop (Lenovo X61 tablet) where I am having trouble. First, I can see the computer and printer in the networking section. When I click on the printer to access it I get an "Windows cannot connect to the printer, Access is denied"

I have gone through the procedure of installing a printer on a local port using the configuration \\hostcomputer\sharedprintername. This allowed me to install the printer and driver. The printer show up on my list of device. I can print to it from applications - it will move through the printer queue but nothing will happen on the printer.

Any suggestions would be welcome.


A:Windows 7 access to a shared printer on XP

Thanks for the reply. I checked all the settings as you suggested. The only one that was not correct was the one to use passwords and user accounts to connect.

When I use the add printer wizard it sees the printer but then gives me the access denied. See snapshot below. Also, I can see all the computer connected the network. When I click on the computer with the shared printer I can see the printer. If I click to connect I get the same error - please see snapshots.

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I was able to connect to a shared Samsung 2160 with my Windows 7 laptop 2 weeks ago at work. I haven't been able to connect to this printer since last week. When I try to print, nothing happens. I try to connect to another shared Samsung 2160. It looks like its going to connect. And then it says that the path is wrong. I tried to connect to PC by entering the PC name in the Run box. Says the path is wrong. I am still able to connect to these printers via desktop wirelessly. My laptop & desktop where the printer is plugged both have Workgroup as the workgroup name. I have Norton Security. It found 50 viruses last week which I cleaned. And I am connected to the internet when I try to connect to these shared printers. I have some ideas. Like changing the workgroup name of the laptop. Trying to connect by creating a local port. Installing the drivers and then trying to connect. Anyone else has anymore ideas?

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Tow different windows 10 machines can't access Toshiba e-studio printer shared folder .

- We have three Toshiba printers same model "e-studio 275" , both devices can't access all

the printers shared folder .

- other devices are still able to access the folder "XP ,7 , 8.1 and 10" .

- I reviewed all the printer's settings and they are the same .

- Nothing changed on the printer side or the PC's .

-Turned off antivirus and firewall.

- Both devices can ping the machines , access their web interfaces ,print ...etc.

- One month ago everything was fine .

So, any suggestions ?

A:Can't Access printer shared folder

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I don't know if i'm posting in the correct group. Bot network and sharing are issues so I guess I can't be verry wrong.

I've a netbook (win7 starter) and want to print on a printer (canon ip4600) attatched to an Vista computer. The printer is installed on the netbook and it does work, but only one user (me ) can print. All other users logged in on the netbook can't. The printer does not resond.

Filesharing to a nas and to the VistaPC works fine for all users.

The printer is installed (logged in as me) on a local port (\\VistapPC\CannonPrinter) I installed the latest drivers from the Cannon website

Even after removing the printer and reinstalling (logged in as son) has no effect. Only user "me" can use the printer.

All my computers are connected to a homenetwork (Dlink Dir-635). The VistaPC wicht has the printer connected has a wired connection.

Can anyone help me so my son can print too?

A:shared printer - only one user has access

Make sure that the printer driver is installed into windows vista computer and is compatible, disable the firewall on the main computer and windows vista computer.

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I cant get access with my office laptop to my network printer and NAS at home (both linked to my central router) any views on how to overcome this?

A:access to shared printer and nas with laptop

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This will end up being a Windows 7 Firewall question. Here's the scenario.

I have a number of users running Windows 7 Professional at a remote office. Each user has a laser printer they've connected via USB and shared. The users connect to a Windows Server 2008 Terminal Server in my office. Their printers appear in their Terminal sessions, but when they print to them, the jobs 'vanish'. They never make it to their local print queues.

Now, with the Windows Firewall 'Off' on their PCs, I can see their local shares in their Terminal sessions, connect to their printer shares directly, install the drivers, and successfully print. The problem is that we want to turn their Windows Firewall back 'On'. At that point, we can't see the local shares anymore, and the installed printer and port disappear.

The Win7 Firewall seems to be set up properly, but it's obviously blocking something. What should I look for? Their systems are on a workgroup (Work/Private) and my Terminal Server is on a Domain.

A:[SOLVED] Can't Access Shared Printer...

If it was working at one time then you must have set it up correctly and I while don't know if you have this option in your OS on the host computer but, via Control Panel > under Network and Internet > Change Homegroup and sharing options and Start the Homegroup Troubleshooter may correctly configure Windows Firewall - don't know if this will have to be done on all of the computers ?

Just my bit

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I have 10 pcs on a LAN workgroup. They are mixed win7 and xp. I have set the file sharing, net discovery etc on win 7 on and password protection, firewall off. They all have user accounts like pc1, pc2,...pc10 and I have also created the account of the pc I want to access the restricted folder to the pc that shares it. I have set the ownerships on win7 machines too. I can access the folders on XP machines from the win7 successfully. When I try to set a user-restricted shared folder to a win7 pc and access it from XP I fail. It says that I do not have sufficient rights to access the folder, contact the network admin. I can only access to the folder by setting it available to "everyone" or "guest" read/write but that s not what I want... :-( any ideas guys? I have tried so many times the last 5 days withou luck... Any help would be highly appreciated! Thank you all!

A:Win XP pc cannot access win7 user restricted shared folder

Quote: Originally Posted by atzounis

I have 10 pcs on a LAN workgroup. They are mixed win7 and xp. I have set the file sharing, net discovery etc on win 7 on and password protection, firewall off. They all have user accounts like pc1, pc2,...pc10 and I have also created the account of the pc I want to access the restricted folder to the pc that shares it. I have set the ownerships on win7 machines too. I can access the folders on XP machines from the win7 successfully. When I try to set a user-restricted shared folder to a win7 pc and access it from XP I fail. It says that I do not have sufficient rights to access the folder, contact the network admin. I can only access to the folder by setting it available to "everyone" or "guest" read/write but that s not what I want... :-( any ideas guys? I have tried so many times the last 5 days withou luck... Any help would be highly appreciated! Thank you all!

You need to make the special User a member of a restricted access group, the link below explains the details of how to set this up.

GUIDE: How to protect directories from childrn and other usrs of a PC

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Can't access shared folder between two Win7 Pro 32bit machines. I have read through the forums. What I have done so far (on both machines) is disabled Homegroup (inc. leaving the homegroup and disabling services), set up the advanced network sharing options (network discovery on, file sharing on, password sharing off, use user accounts...). Added "Everyone" in the folders advanced security options... Also tried connecting through IP instead of computer name.

Unfortunately, I still receive the You do not have permission.... (see attachment).

The are many posts regarding Win7/Vista or Win7/XP issues.

Could not find much about the problem I am having.

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Can't access shared folder between two Win7 Pro 32bit machines.

Here's how mine is done, File Sharing Settings.pdf

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hello all,

SMHAW why, after a W2003 server full up(-to)date and machine upgrade, two XP workstations can't hold access to a printer shared on the W2003 server, meanwhile other XP workstations have had no trouble (as during pre-upgrade) maintaining the printer _definition_.

The symptoms: Add the printer (\\soso-server\HP Laserjet 4250 PCL 6). on each workstation. Most are ok. Two workstations, usually, but not always, when shut-down for the night, restarted in the morning, and then attempting to print to the shared W2003 printer will not have access.

The printer is there, but inacessible. right clicking for properties gets a simple alert for "not available". The loss of the printer is inconsistent. One suspect workstation has been ok since tuesday (1 Dec). It required deletion and re-adding of the printer MOnday am and Tuesday AM. The other workstation has required it every morning this week.

In a stop-gap measure we're trying a "standby" shutdown instead of full shut down tonight. A simple attempt of that this AM seems successful.

When the workstation loses its printer definition, a review of the spooler and RPC show active/started. Attempts via Netsh or services.msc to stop and/or restart attempt makes no difference -- the printer remains inaccessible.At no time does the W2003 server show any evidence of trouble, nor do other XP stations.

Anyone ever encounter this? did you solve it? how? Its the inconsistency that's got me sha... Read more

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I guess this issue has been posted before but I am experiencing some trouble trying to connect from wireless.

Here are the details:

Windows 7 professional on Dell laptop
Windows XP professional on Dell desktop (has shared folders & printer)
Netgear Router WGR614

Laptop can see and access all shared files and printers whilst connected directly to router (via ethernet) but cannot see them when connected via wireless.
Windows 7 troubleshooting is not too helpful.

Any suggestions?

A:Access to shared files, printer etc via wireless

Are you using simple file sharing on the XP machine?
It may work better if you enable user and group permissions which Windows XP professional does support.
This turorial will show you how to set up user and group permissions in XP pro.
How to Share File with Group and User Permissions in Windows XP

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Hi, I've been trying to find a solution online for several hours now, but have had no luck at all. I'll try my best to describe my situation as concisely as possible:-

I have multiple family members in the household, along with two Win7 desktops and three Win7 laptops. All pc's are on the same workgroup with file and folder sharing working faultlessly - we do not use Homegroups.

I have a large amount of important data on my desktop that serves as a data backup for all work I do on my laptop. On top of this it contains a large amount of media files that get shared to all pc's too. All communication is done over the network. However, as the other family members are far less tech savvy, shall we say, than I, I am growing concerned with how easy it would be for someone else to access my laptop backup work, as it is all business related, and do something disastrous to it.

I would like to have it so that my laptop is the only machine allowed to access this backup data from my desktop. The rest of the shared folders on this desktop would have to remain accessible to 'everyone'.

As I said, I've been doing a tonne of searching, but found no successful solution. I'm now just hoping someone can provide with a definitive solution to this.

Thanks for all your time.

A:Restricting access to shared network folders for specific Win7 pc's


I would restrict access to the folder using the security tab within the properties of the backup folder. Change the access so that only one user account (not the everyone group) can access the file. OR just remove the everyone group from the folder access and just set permissions for one of the existing user accounts.

When you need to access this file from your laptop simply use this login to access the folder. Does that make sence?

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My problem started when I upgraded from XP to Win7 on one of my computers.
Internet works fine, and I can see my nas (DNS-323) on my network places. I even can open the dns-323 and see the shares.

The problem starts when I open a folder on the nas containing any files, then the explorer hangs, nothing happens. I can browse the nas as long as its only folders showing up. Whenever there are files in it, it hangs and I have to force the window to close.
I also can't access the login page on the nas, it won't show up.

Now the funny part , the problems only appears when I use wlan, when I connect with a wire everythings works!!??

The computer is a LG netbook x120 with a built in realtek 8187se wifi nic and I upgraded to the latest driver 6.9109.
I also tested deactivate the built in wlan and pluged in a USB wlan nic, same problem.
Turned of windows firewall, same problem.
Turned of Avast antivirus, same problem.

Have anyone experienced the same problem or something similar?
I realy could need some help with this!

A:can't access nas login page or shared files from win7 via wifi

Sure there must be someone with a similar problem???
I think it can have something with my dsl-router but I'm not sure. It is a Speedtouch ST585 and in that case it should be some difference how it handle wireless and wired data on the internal side. I can't find any difference in the settings.

Any suggestion or input?

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I'm going nuts. I have set up a basic NAT network at the house and all the computers share the internet connection through the router which is in turn hooked up to a modem. I have three computers running into the router via JR45 cables and the fourth is my laptop which has an internal wireless card. I can access the internet on any four of the computers perfectly. The three that are hooked up to the router by the JR45 cabals are able to see each other in the workgroup window under workgroup computers in Control Panel. They see all four computers including my laptop. When i get on the laptop though i can only see the host computer in the workgroup computers window and not the other two. The reason i'm asking is because i wan't to be able to access info on the network via shared folders which I can do on the host but not the other two. Also i have my one and only printer hooked up to one of the other two computers. It is actually hooked up to one running Millennium. This printer is shared and works perfectly off the other two wired computers but i cant access the comp running Millennium since it doesn't appear in the workgroup window. The host runs XP home. The third comp runs 2000 professional and my laptop runs XP Pro. Talk about hell when trying to network all these. I was able to do it, but i just want the laptop now to be able to access all the other computers on the network and not only the host. This is primarily so that i can install a shared printer... Read more

A:How to access a shared printer on a workgroup that doesn't show up

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Hello, I have a network of four computers connected to a router, one running linux, one running XP and two running 2000 Pro. On one of the 2k boxes is a lexmarkX83 connected, which works perfectly locally. Except for the linux box, the other computers can print IF I first login by typing \\PrintPC and entering admin identification. If I use guest mode, I can access the printer, but when start printing, it sends about 4bytes of data to the computer and stays in the queue (and after that cannot remove the job, have to restart the PrintPC). So I thought of two solutions to this, but I don't know how to apply them:
-Store somehow the admin ID on each computer so when starting up they connect automatically
-Create a password-free guest account on PinterPC, which would allow an automatic connection without password storage

I've tried both but never managed to get it
to work. Either after a reboot it would say on the "client" boxes that they couldn't establish a connection(if at least it would ask for a password), or it wouldn't print with guest account.
If anyone has an idea how to solve this, it would be great help (been on this now for more then 12hours)
Thanks a lot,

A:(XP/2k/2k/linux) network with shared printer on 2kPro access problems

Hum Maybe I can simplify the question:
How can I create on my PrinterPC a "workgroup user" ?
When changing settings in the security tab of my printer, i can only choose in the "look in/search in" field my local computer. besides, when I add a "guest" account, it adds PinterPC\guest maybe that's why a remote guest cannot connect ? Would I need some sort of WORKGROUP\guest ?

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Printer plugged into Win7 box - how to print from remote XP machine? describes an original difficulty I had getting remote computers (laptops and desktops) to print to a USB printer connected to my Windows 7 box. Read far enough and you'll see that I solved that problem using Networking issue - Win7 printer, XP remote machines

Fast forward 13 or so months. Since that time I have replaced the printer, I've had a motherboard and processor issue with my box (since fixed), and no interruption of things working as they should. My printer - Canon ip4800 series - is USB hardwired to my Windows 7 computer, and the other home computers - two Windows 7 laptops, an XP box, and an XP netbook - can print to the printer, and view files on my Win7 machine, over our wireless home network. And that's been constant through the changes described.

Then yesterday, for no known reason, my daughter's Win7 laptop stopped being able to print. She'd send jobs to the correct printer, but they'd just queue up, with the queue visible from her machine, but not when I looked at the printer from my machine (that is looking at the print queue from her machine shows the jobs, but looking at it from mine shows no jobs).

Nothing I did would result in stuff from her machine, from any application, to go to the printer.

I finally deleted the printer from her machine, figuring I'd just add it back.


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A:Laptop can no longer access shared printer/files on home network


First thind I'd suggest to you anyway. Please note that anything that you have installed and windows updates will be affected. Files will remain untouched.

If I did a system restore on her laptop, back to a point when it had been able to print, might that fix things?

Please give us an update.

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I shared a Canon Pixma MP170 printer on a Windows 7 Home Premium machine. I can see the shared printer name over the network from the XP machine within Add Printer Wizard screen. When I try to add the shared Canon printer on a Windows XP SP3 computer it says it will connect to the printer to download drivers but than it says no drivers are available.
Then it opens up a screen that asks me to provide an unnamed INF file. I put the install CD for the Pixma in the CD tray and pointed it to all Canon INF files located on the CD (one at a time) but it will not go any further. I also found same type of Canon printer INF files within the Program Files/Canon printer folder, but it would not use those either to complete printer add.

Am I missing some procedure that is needed to add a shared printer on a Windows XP computer from a different operating system such as Windows 7 Home Premium?

The Canon MP170 works both when plugged into XP machine and Win7 machine through USB port

Thanks for any help that someone can provide

A:Solved: Printing From XP Computer To Shared Printer On Windows 7 Computer

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Hello all,
After updating my Win 7 x64 Pro desktop with the most recent patches (2015.12.09) it shows all of my mapped networked drives as disconnected.  Two of the drives were samba shared folders on a Linux (OpenElec) RaspPi and one was the memory card of an
Epson printer.  When I attempt to remap the drives for the networked devices they no longer show up under the Network folder in Explorer.  When the devices' local IP addresses are entered into Explorer's address bar I receive the error "Windows
cannot access..." with error code 0x80004005.
Many thanks to anyone who is able to point me in the right direction to resolve this issue.

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I install a printer on windows 7 desktop and shared it so my laptop can print to the printer, but when i tried to install it on my laptop i get the 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.i can not set it as default either even after changing the printer from USB to TCP/IP

A:Solved: shared printer can not be set as default on one computer

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I have 2 PC’s running windows 7 ultimate in my office and both are connected to my Internet router through Ethernet Cable. PC-1 is directly Connected to Printer. I used to print out from both PC’s in past, now our office is moved to a new location and I have done the setup again. But now I am unable to print out from PC-2.  In (Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Devices and Printers) PC-1 shows Printer online but PC-2 Shows Printer offline. I don’t know what to do. Help me out please. (English is not my native language I hope you can understand my issue).
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A:HP Printer Status Offline On shared Computer

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Hello there.

I currently have a printer connected to a computer in my room (Canon Pixma iP4300 [USB]). I also have a computer in the office which is connected to the network via a wireless extender. I am a little short of space in my room and am looking at which peripherals I can move away without too much hassle - the printer is one such thing which has a relatively large footprint and would ideally be located in the office.

I am fairly confident that with a little research I could set up the printer to be shared from the office PC (Vista Home Premium x32) to other computers on the network, which would be a more suitable location for it.

However, one thing that occurs to me is that it would require the office PC to be on in order for other machines to print. Currently the office PC is set to go to sleep after a period of inactivity [20~30 minutes]. My question is, would it be possible for other computers on the network to wake this machine in order to use the printer connected to it?

I hope this makes sense but if you need me to clarify my explanation just let me know.

Thank you in advance for any advice.

A:Possible to wake a computer on the network to use a shared printer?

I would enable the 'Wake on LAN' feature in the BIOS settings on the computer. So, when it receives network traffic, the BIOS will auto wake the computer up.

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Hi, all,

This is my first post on this forum and I'd need a help regarding shared printer. I've already posted this question to another forum, but unfortunately it didn't generate any meaningful replies.

I'm having a problem with shared printer configuration on the remote computers at my work, where I work as computer technician trainee. The core of the problem is a little old computer running on Win98, with printer attached via LPT1. Both computer and printer can be seen from every workstation in a work-group. Since this is an old computer which could use more RAM, I'd like to configure remote computers that print through it to perform spooling jobs on their own hard-disk, rather than sending document over the network to the local computer and letting it spool all the files.

The computer with printer runs on Win98 and when configuring other computers on Win98 to spool locally, I usually trick them during the installation of printer. I install it as local printer on LPT1, and then later simply change the gateway to a network computer (the one in question). This in fact works and forces remote computer to spool documents on their own local disks, thus leaving the resources of remote computer intact

The problem arises when I'm trying to do the same with remote computers running on WinXP. The same trick doesn't work here (OS doesn't even allow the procedure of changing print gateway) and no matter what I try the sending computer stil... Read more

A:Computer won't spool on local harddisk when using shared printer!

I'm sure you probably won't like my answer.

You've been screwing around with this for a month, and $50 worth of RAM would have solved the whole problem???

If the shared printer is really that important, solve the problem correctly! I'm astonished that a business would waste probably thousands of dollars in man hours solving a problem that doesn't deserve a tenth of that expenditure! Hell, a new computer would cost you less than $500-600, have you checked the prices lately?

Please show this message to your boss, if he can't figure out the economics of solving the problem correctly, he's pretty lame!

I've seen many accounts where the same mentality seems to exist, they'll spend tons of productivity to solve a trivial problem that should be solved by upgrading/buying new equipment!

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please am new to the networking world and i need your help.
A computer on my network can't print excel document from a shared printer
on the network. it can only print word documents.
if i try to set the printer as a default printer it flags an error.
i don't want to run a new windows installation too.
please help

A:a computer cant print excel document on a shared printer

A bit of a long shot--- Go to control panel - Printers.
Right click on the problem printer & choose Printer Properties.
Click on the Ports tab.
Untick enable bidirectional support. - Click ok.
Now try to print from excel again.

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I have a WIN7 Home Prem and an XP in a network workgroup.
I have an HP offricejet J6450 an an HP laserjet1320 directly attached
to the WIN 7 machine. Printer sharing is ON for both. The XP can access shared
files on WIN7 and can use the J6450 printer. But I cannot get access to the
Laserjet 1320. Not sure what to do anymore.

Any help is appreciated.

A:XP in WIN7 workgroup can't access HP printer

So, on the XP in My Network Places you click on 'view workgroup computers,' then double click the Windows 7 machine and see the shared folders and the J6450 printer, right? Do you, or do you not see the 1320? If you see it, what exactly happens when you right click and try to connect to it?

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hi. ive network my 2 computers using crossover cable. both pcs have XP Pro installed. heres the problem:

computer A has internet. computer A can see computer A and computer B in view workgroup computers. it can access computer B shared folders and drive.

Computer B can also see both pcs in view workgroup computer but cannot access computer A. computer B can also access the internet. when trying to access computer A an error appears

\\computer is not accessible. you might not have permission to use this network resource. contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.

any help is much appreciated


A:cannot access shared drive on other computer

Turn off any firewalls for debugging. If the firewall is the problem, you'll have to configure it to allow access to "trusted zone" addresses. Note that some firewalls must be completely uninstalled to stop them from affecting your networking.

PING each computer by IP address, and if successful, PING by name. You can obtain the IP address of a computer by opening a command prompt (DOS window) and typing IPCONFIG. This should work for any Windows version.

All computers should be in the same workgroup for computer browsing to function properly. File & Print Sharing has to be enabled on any computer you wish to share files or printers from. You also need to actually share the resource in question from My Computer, right click on the drive/printer/folder, and select sharing.

If you encounter difficulties accessing computers that are visible in Network Neighborhood, make sure the computer being accessed has an account with the same name/password as the system connecting to it uses to login.

While the default NetBIOS setting is correct for normal network configurations, it's possible for it to be altered, and it costs nothing to make sure it's correct. NETBIOS over TCP/IP must be enabled for normal network browsing.

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I have 2 windows 7 computers and i'm trying to share a folder (that I want password protection on) outside of the homegroup.
Both computers are part of the same workgroup and I have the same user account/password combination on both computers plus I have password protected sharing turned on in the network and sharing centre along with file and printer sharing turned on.

On computer 1 I have right clicked and selected that I want the folder shared. When I navigate via the network on computer 2 to computer 1 the shared folder shows up on computer 2 but double clicking on it to open it gives me an alert saying I don't have permission to access it, no option to type in the user name and password (according to the help files I shouldn't even need to type the password in if both computers have the same username/password anyway but would need it if I'm logged in as a different user). It's just a blanket denial of access.

A:Canít get access to shared folder from one computer to

So you have a HomeGroup setup and are trying to password protect and share a folder with a PC not in the HG? Is that correct?

I'm not sure if that can be done... anyone?

You may find some of this helpful...

Homegroup - Change File and Folder Sharing Settings

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I had a server computer that was running windows 7. It was working like a charm, but suddenly I was unable to remote to it. I found a monitor and keyboard that I connected. My server then told me that it had installed windows 10. Wow thanks? That is something I would like to have a say in? But oh well might as well get with the times and use windows 10.
As I am using it as a server it is running, iis, ftp, plex, and some other servers. Most of it were still working after the conversion to windows 10, but I?m been having some real problems with the normal sharing of files. When I use my desktop computer (also running windows 10) to brows the network I get the following error when dobbelt-clicking my server computer:
?\\SERVERNAME is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. Logon faliure: the user has not been granted the requested logon type at this computer.?
So ok? there are always problems with filesharing with a new windows installation. So I did the following:
? Made sure file and printer sharing were turned on
? It was using: Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computer
? Password protected sharing sharing were turned off
? I turned on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the public folders
? My network adapter is using my router ip address as DNS server
? M... Read more

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Hi everyone,
I have a specific problem. There are some shared folder on one server with access for everyone. But one folder is inaccessible from one specific computer (PC1). I have tested it with several users which have access right. Users can reach the folder from any other computer. Also other folders (with same access right) from PC1 are accessible.

Where can be a problem?

I have tried to remove the computer from domain and add it again.
There are no viruses detected.
I have tried to map the foldet to another drive letter. (The share is inaccessible with "\\computer\folder" too.)

Do you have any idea, where can be a problem?

Thank you and have a nice day.

A:Any user can't access shared folder from one computer

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English is not my first languaje, i will do my best.

A client has a computer running Windows 10 Pro that shares a folder to be accesible from MS-DOS based machines (i have no control from them). The MS-DOS program asks for user and password and gets connection to the folder.

The Windows 10 machine was not enought fast, and we decide to change it to a better machine (new machine with i3cpu, 16gb Ram, Windows 7 Pro 64bits).
I setup all configuration the same as was in the old computer:
- computer name
- Workgroup
- user and password
- static ip adress and DNS
- folder shared name (this is in a secondary hdd, moved from old computer to the new)...

Computers with Windows 7 and Windows XP in the same network have Access instantly, all works fine,
but the MS-DOS based machines says: "wrong password" (and is not).

Surfing in the web I found that:

I have setup Windows LAN Manager authentication level to Send LM and NTLM Responses, but the result is the same.

I don't know where is the mistake. Has anyone any idea how can i solve that problem?

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okay so I used to be able to access the shared folders that are on my computer that is running windows XP on my vista laptop and my xbox 360
but they are no longer showing up

I just spent a couple of hours trying to get it working again but nothing that I did solved the problem it would be really great if somebody could help me out this is very frustrating

A:Can not access shared folders that are on my windows XP computer

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I bought a NETGEAR DGN2200 modem/router to connect my 2 laptops, printer, USB HDD for file storage and sharing, and at this stage I'm not sure if I will connect my desktop PC as it is a much older machine with Windows 2000 Pro which I don't want to access the internet, although I am thinking that it would be better to have the printer connected via the desktop as this is logically a more permanent setup.

Hard wired ADSL will be connected in about 2 weeks.

I was having a bit of a play with the router to familiarise myself with it all and I managed to set it up so that my main laptop (win7) has the option to connect by hardwire or wireless, my second laptop (winXP) conects through wireless. Both laptops successfully connected

I connected the printer to my second laptop (winXP) to see if I could have access to the printer from my main laptop (win7). It could see the printer but not access it and kept trying to search for the diver.
As I hadn't installed the drivers onto this laptop I thought that if I download the driver and install it, then it won't look for it through windows update via the router.
For this to happen, I had to disconnect from the LAN and connect to the internet via my USB modem (the two won't work simultaneously).
So I connected the printer to my main laptop and allowed it to find the driver online itself.
I then connected the printer back into the second laptop (winXP) and tried to access it from my main laptop and the same thing happened, it wanted t... Read more

A:Netgear DGN2200, Win7, Win XP, No printer access or file sharing

I have managed to nut this out to some extent...
I looked at this site on how to share files and printers between windows 7 and xp Share Files and Printers between Windows 7 and XP - How-To Geek
I followed all the steps, and found that by changing the password protected sharing to off (new laptop win7), I could then view the public folder from the old laptop winxp however, from the new laptop win 7, I am still unable to view folders on the old laptop winxp.
As far as the printer is concerned. The old winxp laptop had a canon S300 driver file for xp installed (this is the correct driver and the one which I have been using for years). The new laptop had a Canon Inkjet S300 driver file installed, and this was causing failure through the network. I have found that by changing the driver file on both laptops to Canon Bubblejet BJC 3000 driver file, I can now access the printer through the network. I'm yet to see if this causes much of a problem as far as quality of print as the printer is actually a Canon Bubblejet S300

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Just hooked a third computer up to my wireless network. It is running xp home. I can access the internet but not the shared files of the other comuters. When I click on my network places, nothing shows up. The other computers are able to access eachothers files with no problems. Can anyone help??

A:one computer on network cant access other computers shared files

Have you tried Right clicking on the file in question or drive (C:\ i'm guessing) select 'Sharing and Security' ,and check the box in the sharing tab that says, 'Share this folder on the network'? Hope that made sense?

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I have three computers on a network, 2 desktops, 1 laptop. All have XPHome, NIS2007 and SpySweeper installed. All three are networked through a wireless router. All can connect to the internet and all can be seen in My Network Places (all shared files for all 3 computers). The issue is I can't access the shared files on the laptop from either of the two desktops. However, all the shared files on the two desktops can be accessed from any of the other computers. Only the laptop's shared files can't be accessed.

I checked Norton's firewall settings on each computer, esp the laptop, and they all should be accessible from either computer. I even turned the firewall off on the laptop and still couldn't access the files from the other computers. I even added an advanced setting on the laptop's firewall to allow specific IP address computers (the two desktops) access to any files, still no go.

The router shows all three computers on the network being connected.


A:Solved: Can't access shared files on a networked computer

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The HomeGroup shares have been a recurring issue that I haven't been able to solve, but the really perplexing one is the shared folder issue which just cropped up. Some of my shared folders still work, but e, g and h (music and video respectively) for some reason spit back "Access Denied" on all of the other computers in my house, this is in spite of the fact that Permissions on them are set to Full Control for Everyone. Any suggestions?

With regards to HomeGroup shares, they simply don't show up no matter what I do, I'd like to fix that one too, but I'm not sure what I can do to fix that.
EDIT: Got the shares fixed, HomeGroup still stumping me.

A:Cannot access shared folders or HomeGroup shares on this computer

Quote: Originally Posted by Stormkitty

The HomeGroup shares have been a recurring issue that I haven't been able to solve, but the really perplexing one is the shared folder issue which just cropped up. Some of my shared folders still work, but e, g and h (music and video respectively) for some reason spit back "Access Denied" on all of the other computers in my house, this is in spite of the fact that Permissions on them are set to Full Control for Everyone. Any suggestions?

With regards to HomeGroup shares, they simply don't show up no matter what I do, I'd like to fix that one too, but I'm not sure what I can do to fix that.

EDIT: Got the shares fixed, HomeGroup still stumping me.

The link below should help you with the Homegroup problem.
Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Windows 7 HomeGroup Connection Issues

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Hi all,

I have a curious problem on my home network at the moment which means I can access the shared files and ping using the ip address, but not the computer name, of a xp computer. I found lots of other people who had this problem and they fixed it with a few commands at command prompt, but that didn't work for me.

Here is the setup:
1 XP computer - no problems accessing other computer using computer name
1 Vista laptop - where all the problems are
and a router

I have static ips for both computers and I have the dns set up correctly.

Of course as all my music and files are on the other computer, and all the programs are looking for \\computername not \\ipaddress, so the programs are complaining that they can't find anything

Here is an ipconfig /all

C:\Users\Andy>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Andys-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Peer-Peer
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-Card
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-23-4E-98-F7-51
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::2d76:7bc0:755e:f934%12(Preferred)
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . .... Read more

A:Solved: Can access shared files and ping using ip, but not computer name

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How to set a password for remote computer to access shared resources?

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I lost my ability to access my shared folders on my network computer. My setup; my main computer an Acer desktop running Win 7 64 bit. My second a Windows XP computer.

My problem; I can no longer access my shared folders on my XP computer. I had a couple of folders on my XP system set as shared and I had no problems accessing them from my Win 7 system until now. I even had the folders mapped to their own drive letters. And I had no problem sharing my printer over my network.

I've had this setup for about four years now and all of a sudden it just vanished. From my Windows explorer, in Windows 7 I disconnected the mapped drives to see if I could clear it out but nothing. I also noticed I couldn't enable the "Turn on network discovery" in the Advanced Sharing Settings in the Network and Sharing Centre.

I searched online but kept coming up with the same answers. Mainly make sure the following services where enabled:

- TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper service
- DNS Client
- Function Discovery Resource Publication
- SSDP Discovery
- UPnP Device Host

The only two that where not enabled where the last to SSDP Discovery and UPnP Device Host, because as long as I can remember the main consensus online was that these two services where BAD.

So I always disable both of these things with every computer I've ever had including this one. All these years and now all of a sudden I can't seem to do without them. No wonder people believe Microsoft is sabo... Read more

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I got a trojan the other day that installed a spyware program called Spy Sheriff. There was much cursing and swearing, but after my trusty version of AntiVir as well as a plethora of spyware programs I managed to clean the system of all viruses and spyware as far as I know.

My troubles didn't end for long. Next I got a (fairly common) problem where it says "services.exe has caused an error. Error code 203. Rebooting your computer in 1 minute" or something along those lines. I googled a bit and found that this is often associated with registry keys not matching your actual network setup. Anyhow, I ran a registry cleaner program and THAT problem seemed to go away.

Now however, my network is all messed up.

My setup is as follows: Two home computers plugged into a router that is hooked up to my DSL modem. One computer is called Office, the other is called Bedroom.

The printer is hooked up to Office, and is shared. Both computers have a few shared folders that the other can access.

After I ran the cleaner, Bedroom is no longer visible on the network. Office can't see it in the workgroup, and I can't access any shared folders. I CAN ping both computers using the IP addresses, but each computer can't ping the other using the computer's name. Each computer can ping itself using both its own IP and name.

Here's an interesting thing I just found too; when I open my computer as it should appear on the network by typing \\Bedroom\ into the ad... Read more

A:After a virus, unable to access a computer's shared folders over the network

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Access to shared files (jpeg digital photos) from another homegroup computer causes my computer to crash. The screen turns black, all disk activity stops, computer power light stays on, but there is no response to input devices.

The event log shows only an Event ID 6008 Source: EventLog "The previous system shutdown at 12:14:25 PM on ‎7/‎11/‎2013 was unexpected" logged after the power recycle/reboot with the time of the black screen (rather than the reboot time) and Event ID: 41 Source: Kernel Power "The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashed, or lost power unexpectedly." Generally nothing at all in the System or Application logs for 5+ minutes prior to crash.

Action Center history shows no Windows failure, under "Misc Failures" the problem is described as "Windows was not properly shutdown" (Duh!)

Seems to happen every time trying to use Windows Preview to look at files across the LAN. Both computers are Windows 7, both up to date. I have run chkdsk on all disks recently. File sharing has worked OK (barring various annoying network configuration issues) until this recent repeatable problem.

A:Computer black screen crash with LAN shared file access

I experienced increasing numbers of black screen system hangs, unrelated to network file access... so there is another thread and this one is not SOLVED, but CLOSED, I suppose.

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I have all 4 PC's in the office using Windows 7 Pro. I have one computer that is designated to house my share folder for scanning documents and attaching them to our management system.  We are finding that multiple problems occur - not at once and at
different times .  Sometimes, the document within the shared folder called "IMAGEBATCH" will not delete.  Sometimes that document deletes, and then re-appears within the IMAGEBATCH folder.  Sometimes the document will not
scan through the network to the IMAGEBATCH folder.  Sometimes we get an error saying we "don't have permission to delete this file".  These circumstances occur on all computers, including the computer that houses the original file IMAGEBATCH. 
Sometimes in the day, each computer that is supposedly looking at the same IMAGEBATCH folder see different files.
Restarting the computer clears the problems, but then start right back up at irregular intervals, sometimes in the morning, sometimes in the middle of the day.
I did find a duplicate file named IMAGEBATCH on the "C" drive of that PC, so I deleted that, but the symptoms are still there.  This is the only shared folder in our entire network.  What can I be missing?  I have checked to make
sure it is a share folder, all the permissions are in place, and that we all can see the folder through the network.  What am I missing?  I am the owner and administrato... Read more

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