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

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

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.

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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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I have my main pc in one room which I use on the internet with a Buffalo Wireless Modem/Router, connected to the PC using an Ethernet cable. I have an Epson D88 connected to the PC via USB. I also have a laptop which connected via the wireless network I have setup. I now want to be able to print from the laptop to the Epson via the network, when the pc is switched on. I have gone into Printers and accessed the printer and said to let it be shared and called it EPSON. When I go on the laptop I cannot see it. What do I have to do to see printer



A:Shared Printer over Network

The firewall on the laptop may be blocking the communication to the printer. You must enable Printer and File sharing on both computers by running the "network setup wizard"

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Alright, here is the deal.

I have a XP Home Premium 32bit desktop, Vista Home Premium 32bit laptop and a 7 Home Premium 64bit notebook. I managed to get them all networked together, but am having serious problems with sharing a Dell AIO 922 printer.

I have tried just about everything I can think of to resolve this problem, but to no avail. I keep returning error 0x0000000d on both systems regardless. I have already fixed the "Spooler App" problem via editing the registry on both systems, and yet neither system can communicate with the printer over the network sharing from the XP desktop.

The 7 Notebook has the Vista 64bit driver installed, and the Vista laptop has the Vista 32bit driver installed. The 7 Notebook WILL print when the printer is directly hooked up to it, but the Vista laptop will NOT print from it when it is directly hooked up.

Both systems were set up to run the printer off of a network from the XP desktop via the setup wizard which opened itself from the driver installation, but neither can print off of it regardless.

I really need your help!

A:Shared Network Printer Problems

This is a procedure that may work for installing network printers when the normal install doesn't work properly.
Select: Control Panel, Printers, Add Printer
Choose Add Local Printer.
Uncheck the box marked :Automatically detect my PnP printer.
Click Next
Select Create a New Port and leave the default in the drop down selection as Local Port.
Click Next
Windows displays a small dialogue box asking a port name.
Key in: \\<computer_name>\<printer_name> See note below
Click OK
Windows will show a list of printer vendors and models. The list looks just like the Windows Add Hardware Dialog. Select your printer manufacturer and printer model from the list. If your specific printer isn't shown, you can click on Have Disk and browse to the folder where you have the unpacked drivers for your printer.

<computer_name> - Computer name from Control Panel, System status display.
<printer_name> - The actual name of the network printer viewed by browsing to the shared printer on the network.​

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hi all

Ihave a work network in my office & all pc's connected to the internet via WIRELESS ROUTER , i 've cooncted a printer to one of these pc's & manke it shared .. how can i use it in the other pc's ?? because i cant find the printer

A:using printer shared in a wireless network ??

You connected it using usb to 1 of the computers? What is the name of that computer? What OS has that computer?

What OS have the other computers?

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I have a windows xp computer that is part of a domain. My internet connection is provided by a wireless router part of a workgroup that shares a printer. How can i install the printer shared on the network workgroup but not to leave the domain?


A:Shared network printer question

I think we need to see a network diagram of this, I'm not sure how you have mixed workgroups and domains or what the role of the router is.

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I've been looking for an answer to my problem all day and have yet to find any help.
I thought I'd figure this out before upgrading to Windows 10.
The issue: I am trying to print from my laptop computer, which is running 8.1 Pro, via wifi to a network printer.
The printer is connected by USB to my main computer which is running 7 Pro. All print and file sharing is turned on.
The printer is shown as being connected on my laptop and I can access files, pictures, etc. on the network.
But it won't print anything. It appears it is printing but nothing happens.
Another computer, also running 7 Pro, can print just fine but it is a wired connection.
I know it's probably something simple but I'm stumped.
Any help would be appreciated!

A:Cannot print to shared printer network

Most likely the Print Server on the Windows 7 computer is screwed up. You would be better to get a Print Server that is compatible for your printer, to place it on the network, vs using another computer as sharing.

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Hello all, I've been trying to setup a shared printer on a network.

There are three computers all running XP Pro SP2.
The printer is a bizhub 250 by Konica Minolta.
The router is a D-Link DI624 wireless.

Right now the printer is plugged into one of the computers. Is this the best way? Or is it better to plug it into the router which is an option on this printer.

I'm not at the network stations at this moment but I will be later. I'm just trying to get a since of direction on this one.


A:Setting up a Shared printer on a network.

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I have two computers connected via a wireless router and adapter. Both computers have A Vista O.S.
The computers are connected since I can get on-line with both. I want to share my printer with the 2nd computer. I checked the share printer box on both computers and installed the printer software on the 2nd computer.
But when I try to use the printer from the second computer I get Msg "Printer off line" The printer works fine on my computer. Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong and/or what I have to do to use the printer on computer #2? Thank you

A:Solved: Network shared printer

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I have 2 pc's. One xp pro with epson printer connected via usb and the other wireless laptop connected over us robotics router.

File sharing is working perfectly and can access all the shared folders on both machines.

The printer is shared on the main pc and i can see it and connect to it from the laptop.

The problem is when i print from the laptop it spools it to the print que of the printer and says "printing.." but then just sits there. eventually on the laptop i get an error saying printer is not responding.

I have downloaded the latest epson drivers to the laptop and verified they are working by connecting the printer directly to it. no problems there.

im at a loss now what i can try to get this working.

oh yes should also mention. ive uninstalled all software firewalls on both machines to see if this made any difference, which it didnt.

please help!

A:Cant get shared network printer to print!

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Just installed a new dual core pc Vista computer in my home network. Moved the attached printer to the new computer and weeded thru the vista sharing wickets. Set up Public files on the Vista for sharing. The Vista and a slower desktop running XP are cabled to a NETGEAR router. Connected via wireless to the router are a Laptop and Desktop both running Win98 Sec ED. The vista computer shows the Public folder and the printer is fully selected as shared. The Vista can see all the other three computers and read files from their respective shared resources. The Vista prints fine. All three of the other computers can see that that Vista is on the network. Only the XP computer attempts to install and connect to the printer, but attempts to print fail. Norton and Windows Firewall both turned off. None of the three computers can see that the Vista computer has a shared resource named Public. All four computers connect to the Internet properly via the NETGEAR router. Software incompatibility problems or HW bandwidth? The new computer is seriously fast in comparison to the other computers?

A:Cannot find shared printer on network

See if this page offers any help: Windows XP And Vista On The LAN Together

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I have a wireless network set up in my house (4 computers). I understand there is no way to print using the wireless network and a shared printer. So, what I do is acutally have 2 networks, one hard wired and my wiresless that I have to interchange whenever I want to print something from one of my laptops in other rooms. So, after searching with no success I ask. Does anyone know any way at all to share a printer over a wireless network? Is it possible or has everything I read showing that it isnt possible stand? Thanks

A:Shared Printer on a Wireless Network?

is the printer wireless.
I have 2 printers Ptr1 connected to PC1 via a usb cable and Ptr2 via a wireless connection.
all my laptops and pc's can print to the wireless printer Ptr2 also the usb printer Ptr1 on PC1 is shared and all the laptops can print wireless to that printer Ptr1. I have Xp and win2k running.

whats the make and model of printer.

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Hi all,

I'm having some very annoying problems with a wireless network and a shared printer, that's the aim. A friend has asked me to install a printer on a wireless network after "someone who said he knew what he was doing" messed it all up.

There are 5 computers running 'Vista Home Premium (32bit I believe)' connected to a wireless router/hub. All I want is the printer connected to one of them, and the other 4 connected / shared to that printer. Will it work, will it hell! The other PC's will just not
"see" or discover the printer on the other pc.

Pritner Sharing is enabled on the host pc, all are on the same WORKGROUP.
The trouble, I think, is that there are not only these pc's on the network (these pc's are the ones I have dealings with, the others are a college's). Could the wireless network be at fault for this?

(All my experience is on XP, im very new to this metal heap called Vista)

The printer is an Epson All-In-One, not sure on the model. It WAS set up using a printer server, but that was an utter pile of uselessness.

The only other way I can think of is to use the existing wireless network, but somehow hardwire the pc's together via ethernet, no idea at the moment though... I have limited access to the pc suite.

ANY help on this would be very appreciated.
Thanks, Rhys

A:Wireless Network - Shared Printer

you have to install the drivers on each computer. and, of course the host computer always has to be on.

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Hello everybody, hope all of you are well. I encounterd a problem. But I can't resolved that. So I need help from all of you. I have printer named hp laser jet 2055d. It's connect my pc, there I using windows seven. I shared it. My another system is windows xp. I want to print from here using my shared printer. If I browse my windows seven pc using "my network placecs" here don't showing my shared printer. If I browse my pc from run using IP address then my shared printer is showing. So what's problem in my xp pc. why my network places option not showing shared printer. If have any connectivity problem then I didn't found it by run option. I checked the advance file and printer sharing option. Here tern on is network discovery and file and printer sharing option. Please help me to find out where the problem, windows seven or windows xp.


A:Printer Shared but not showing in my network places

Are both the host Win7 system and client WinXP system defined as being in the same "workgroup"?

Win7 has support for both "homegroup" (a new concept) and "workgroup" (compatible with WinXP). Both of your machines should be defined to be in the same "workgroup" if you want to share a printer hosted off of the Win7 machine.

Also, if your Win7 host is x64 and your WinXP is x86, there will likely be a driver problem at "connect" time when you try to "add printer" from the WinXP machine to point to the shared printer on the Win7 machine. This is normally when the host machine provides a driver over to the connecting client machine... so that you don't have to have a print driver installed previously on the client machine.

Well, the 64-bit driver on the Win7 machine is unacceptable on the 32-bit environment of your WinXP machine. So normally you go through the "add additional driver" process on the x64 Win7 system, so that it has both 64-bit driver for itself and other connecting 64-bit systems, and also a 32-bit driver for other connecting 32-bit systems.

This latter driver-related issue is a second problem you may face eventually, when you finally can "see" the shared printer and try to connect to it. But for now, let's just solve your "I can't see it from WinXP" problem.
So, are both machines on the same "workgroup"? Do you know how to look on both systems? Do you know... Read more

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Brief synopsis:
I recently did a new Windows XP install (after a crash). Now I cannot get my printer to install. The printer is a SHARED printer (HP Deskjet F380) on another machine on the network. The printer was previous installed on this machine before the crash and reinstall of WinXP.
After nearly 2 hours on the phone w/ HP support, it's been determined (by HP support) that somewhere in the XP install, a missing XP driver is keeping this install from properly allowing any printers to be installed. The printer will 'appear' to be installed, but any attempt to print brings an error saying printer drivers aren't properly installed.

Short of doing ANOTHER complete XP install, any suggestions?

A:Shared Printer via Network issues / XP drivers?

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Hello all in the house, Pls can someone help out in this solution. I configured a wireless network for an 8 system making one wired connected directly to the wireless router port and a network printer configured on another port on the wireless router.This solution works fine until the client now bought a colored network printer and connected it to his own system via USB and later called me to provide solution for the colored printer to be able to be use by any system on the network. Pls how can i achieve this moderator.I wanted to run a network cable but he refused that he doesn't want cable, that he preferes it the way it is and still want is solution. pls help me out in this forum

A:Solved: How can a stand alone printer on a network be shared

Assuming your client is running Windows on all of the computers, you would need to enable printer sharing for the given printer on the computer with the USB attached printer. You would then add the new printer to the list of available printers and choose the option to add a printer attached to another computer on the network. You should then be able to browse to the other computer and select the printer. Depending on the printer and the version of Windows, you may need to add the correct drivers to the other computers.

The above configuration will allow other computers to use the printer as long as the computer with the attached printer is turned on and Windows is running.

If you need more specific instructions, please tell us the versions of Windows running on all of the computers and the brand and model number of the printer.

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i have a network of 7 computers, all running windows XP. one of the computer has lexmark printer installed on it. i went to control panel, printers and faxes to share the printer so that printing can be down from the other computers.

my problems is, all the other computers can't access this printer and all other shared folders on this computer(the one with the printer as well).

can anyone please help me solve this problem. i would be more than greateful. thank u

A:Solved: can't print from a shared network printer

XP-Home or XP-Pro? Note that XP-Home has a limitation of 5 connections from other networked computers.
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.

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD to open a command prompt.

In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following commands:

PING each remote computer by IP address, and if successful, PING by name. Open a command prompt as described above and type.

PING <ip address>
PING <computer name>

<ip address> - is the x.x.x.x IP address
<computer name> - is the computer name

A failure to PING is almost always a firewall configuration issue. Any failure to PING needs to be corrected before you go any farther.

Note: You can obtain the IP address and computer name of a computer by opening a command prompt (DOS window) and typing IPCONFIG /ALL. This should work for any Windows version. The IPCONFIG /ALL display will provide a wealth of useful information for debugging your network connection.

Check your Services are Started on all PCs:

COM+ Event System (for WZC issues)
Computer Browser
DHCP Client
DNS Client
Network Connections
Network Location Awareness
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
TCP/IP Netbios helper
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Hoping somebody has run into this already, not having much luck finding any answers.

I have an .hta application that utilizes a network shared printer. I'm running two windows 7 computers with the application on both, but the printer attached to just one of them.
I have the printer shared and from the second PC I can print to it using windows programs. Problem is, when I run the .hta application it doesn't print anything. I see the CMD window flash like normal but no printing. Printing from the PC that has the printer attached using the .hta application does work. Both applications point to the same shared resource name of the printer.

I have turned off password protection (in network settings) so I don't have to provide a password to either PC to be able to see shared resources. I have disabled UAC as well. Thinking that this is a permission thing but can't figure out what else to change. Played with the "run as administrator" option before I turned UAC off, but since I turned UAC off, from my understanding, this should not be the issue anymore.

Any ideas?


A:printing with .hta script over network shared printer

Can any other application print remotely to this printer?

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Printer driver was not installed. Unable to find a core driver package that is required by the printer driver package
Any idea...

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I am having difficulties accessing the network share to my Windows 2000 printer [printer attatched via USB to Win2000 computer, shared among all computers]. Both computers are behind a router, and are on the same workgroup. My Vista machine did not have any problems accessing this printer or authenticating to Windows 2000, but Windows 7 seems to. The problem is when I go to connect to the PC, I am prompted for a username and password, but upon entering a valid one, it does not connect and comes back as invalid.

I attempted to navigate to the share manually through the "add pritner" device, but this did not work either. [Giving //computername/printer]

Using Windows7 RC1, build 7100 and Windows 2000 SP4. No difficulty sharing or authenticating on the LAN with any other OS

Any assistance would be great =), thank you.

A:Difficulty accessing a network shared printer [Win2000]

Are you using HomeGroup or A business network group for your setup with the win7 computer. Win7 homegroup only plays well with other win7 computers

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have an XP machine with two printers [HP 13320nw and epson rx500] connected by usb, both printers are shared.

from my Windows 7 machine (a dual boot Macbook Pro) : I can see the XP machine and both printers in the Network folder of Windows Explorer but right-click connect to them fails.

Also, /control panel / devices and printers / add printer / network printer/ shows both devices ... but if I select one and click [Next], I get a popup saying
"Windows cannot connect to the printer"
"Operation failed with error 0x0000000a"

When booted into the Mac OSX, I can print to both ... so it's not a hardware problem.

What does Windows 7 want ?


A:trouble adding network printer shared by pc running XP


I encountered the following error after I re-installed a computer from XP to Windows 7. After the installation I went to install a shared printer from another Windows XP and I Get the error “Cant' connect to printer error 0x0000000a“.

To fix this simply:

1. Open Services.msc
2. Stop “Print Spooler” service
3. Wait for about 20 seconds
4. Start the “Print Spooler” service
5. Try to right click the printer properties again
6. There you have it, Swish it’s fixed

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Under XP, can't print more than one copy to shared Dell network printer.

A:Cant print multiple copies to shared network printer

Can you be a little more clear?
Like do you get an error, does it go into que but fail to print?

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When attempting to connect 1 particular Dell 9030 AIO on Windows 7 to a networked SATO M84 printer I get the error "Windows cannot connect to printer" and gives error number 0x00000100.
The printer is shared from a Dell Precision T1650 to the network via USB connection to the computer. 

Installed driver version: DriverVer=06/08/2017,
All other computers on the domain can connect to this printer and are running Windows 7 and Windows 10.
Troubleshooting steps taken:
Create LPT1 port - error 0xe00000100 occurs.
Attempting to install the driver first - error 0x0000000a occurs
Attempting to install other printers - error 0x00000100 occurs
Disabled the Print Spooler and copied a known good Spool folder from another computer, completed successfully.  Then attempted to add the printer again with error 0x00000100
Removed the entries for the SATO printer in the registry - error 0x00000100 remains.
Anyone have any further troubleshooting steps?

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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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This has been bugging me for quite sometime, and the same thing happens on two separate networks, so, I'm wondering if it's just an issue I'll have to live with.

I have an HP Office Jet connected to one computer on each network (G55 on one, G85 on the other). It's shared. Everyone can print from it, HOWEVER, even with the default settings set to BLACK, each and every time a user who IS NOT using the computer that the printer is actually connected to, the print job defaults back to color and has to be manually changed each and everytime they print. Obviously, this is forgotten most often than not, resulting in an absolute waste of color ink.

A:Solved: Shared printer on network defaults to printing in color

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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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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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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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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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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 whe... Read more

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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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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Recently purchased and installed Windows 8.1(hard drive crashed in December). During install, I was prompted to set up as shared computer or as part of a group. I have only one computer and mostly am the only one using it. How can I get my computer set as single user (not shared/non group). Often I get alerts that I can't do connect a device, or such, because it is not registered as part of my "group", frustrating. I just want to keep it simple. Thanks.

A:shared/network computer

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Surely SOMEONE out there knows how to fix my dilemma. If I have not provided enough information. Please tell me what you need to know. I really need a solution for this. Stopping the share at the Windows 7 machine disrupts other computers. So, that is not really a solution.
Windows 8.1x64 clean install from dvd. I have a private network configured as a Workgroup consisting of a W2000 photocopy machine,XP desktop, W7 desktop and laptop and now a Windows 8.1 desktop. During the initial installation I have files on the Windows 7 desktop I need so from Windows Explorer I clicked on the Windows 7 computer to gain access to the password shared folders and their files.
I entered the User and Password info and clicked the "stay connnected" as I expected to reboot several times during this computers installation.

Everything worked just great UNTIL I no longer wanted the connection to the Windows 7 computer.
On XP and even Windows 7 it was trivial to Disconnect a computer that I had established a share with.

However, on Windows 8.1 I cannot figure out how to do it. How do I disconnect the share with the Windows 7 computer?

This may seem trivial but I cannot figure it out. Obviously I can disconnect from the W7 computer but that computer is shared with others as well. And then the other computers would have to re-establish their shares. And, that would just be a work around.

Please help me by telling me the right way to do this...

Thanks in advance!

A:Cannot DISCONNECT a shared Computer on Network

I give up. Perhaps someone on another website can help me.

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In our office, we have multiple computers on one network, however, one needs to be taken off. How do I keep the other computers from seeing these files, and keep them on my computer. I am running XP on the home computer.
We have 4 computers-
The admin,
and 3 others. The admin was set up to save its files on a wireless network, not sure why. However, the files on admin are confidential and are currently available for anyone to see on the otehr computers by going to Network Places: Admin. (it is like a shared folder). I need to get them pass word locked, or taken off completely, while keeping them on the admin computer.

A:How do i take my computer and files off the shared network??

have you turned off sharing on the admin PC ?
what windows version

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We have a network with a server running 2003 and all 63 computers using xp pro.

the 3 office computers need to access a shared folder, containing a frequently used program, on one of these computers. (This folder cannot be stored on the server as the program doesn't work then. It is also easier as only one computer needs the frequent program updates). I have done this by mapping a drive to the folder.

The user of Computer A has left and I changed the username and password on server and computer.

When I tried to connect using Computer B I was prompted for a username and password to access it and everything was fine. But computer C didn't give me this option. I disconnected the drive and tried to remap it.

computer A has the folder, computer B can access the folder and program, computer C can see the computer but not the folder.

All computers were recently upgraded from win 98 with fresh install except Computer C which was just upgraded over the top (Lazy tech guys couldn't be bothered to reformat)

I have called in tech guys but they take 3 days to arrive and usually mess things up

Has anyone any ideas on why this is happening. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks Mel

A:Can see computer but not shared folder on network

What are you the System Admin or Network Engineer?

Computer C has to be re-formated with a fresh copy of XP. So that would have to be done if the lazy tech didn't do it right the first time.

Sounds like your remoting into these Computer A, Computer B and Computer C. Can you go out to their location and see what's going on? If you can't get the techs to do since you have to wait 3 days. Computer C needs to be taken care of.

Each PC A, B, C need to be setup in Active Directory so you can administer them correctly.

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Hello! I have searched everywhere to find an answer to this, and although I have encountered posts on various sites re: similar problems, I have seen no one with my exact problem.

I own a Dell Dimension with Windows XP. It is networked with my roommate's computer via a Netgear Cable/DSL Web Safe Router. My internet connection was working just fine until I bought a Canon PIXMA MP780. I connected the printer to my computer via a USB2 cable and kept getting the "Network Cable Unplugged" error. (I double-checked - it wasn't.) So I'd unplug the USB2, the network connection would be fine.... I'd plug it back in, and would get "Network Cable Unplugged" again.

Not wanting to have to choose between having internet access or using my printer (without unplugging and plugging in cables), I tried to fix the network cable unplugged problem. I'd let the computer try to "troubleshoot" my lack of connectivity and kept getting, "Invalid IP Address" messages. I'd bring up my MSN Messenger window and sometimes when that would troubleshoot the disconnection problem, it would tell me that my IE was set to "work offline" and did I want to change that? When I'd hit "Yes", I could then connect via MSN Messenger, but it would never last long. However, through all of this, I could print without a problem.

Now, no matter whether my printer's USB2 cable is plugged into the back of my computer or not, I ... Read more

A:"Network Cable Unplugged" and a non-shared printer

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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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It prompts me for a password to access my c drive on the 98se computer.
I can see the share on my xphome computer. I only have one administrator password on the 98se computer. I remember this happening when I tried to share the c drive on two xphome computers a while back. Any folders that I shared individually I could access ok. but if i shared the entire drive I was promted for a password as well, in which the admin passwords didnt work. Is there somekind of default password? Ive tried no password also....and no luck. thks

A:Solved: shared drive c: on 98se computer I can see it on the network but


I did assign a new password for the c drive when i initially set up file sharing. Windows 98 has an 8 character limitation for its file sharing passwords. When I tried to access the files when xp promted me for a password i used what i thought was a 10 character password (my usual password) when if fact i should have just typed in the first 8 characters of my password instead of the full 10 characters. I recognized this when I only saw xxxxxxxx(eight characters) when I went into properties-sharing (option) on my 98se computer.


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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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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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Hi to all.

I am having an annoing problem with shared printers.

The user that share a printer lose the default printer in any case when another user print on this shared and it turn immediatly default printer only for the user that share the printer.

The printer shared is a label printer without network port and all was working very well before this , in my opinion, unusefull improve.

All user have the " not manage default option" , win 10 pro but seems that "default option" do not effect at all with shared printers.

It is clear that is a very bad working for the sharing printer user that have to check every time what the actual default printer.

any suggestion or is it a win 10 bug ?


A:Shared printer problem with windows 10 printer default manage

Not a Windows bug. Helps to know the model and manufacturer of thr label printer.

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I have three computers all Win 7 Home Premium and sharing (Homegroup). Side not I also had them sharing with out Homegroup and still same issue. Also This occurs regardless if PC3 is connected via wire or wireless. Additional notes AV was also disable to rule out. That is the only thing running on PC3 and nothing is running background wise on PC1 or PC2.

PC1 can easily view contents of Shared PC2 instantly.

PC2 can easily view contents of Shared PC1 instantly.

PC3 can easily view contents of Shared PC1 & PC2 instantly.

PC1 & PC2 can not view contents of Shared PC3 instantly; it takes approximately 35 seconds to view contents of main shared folder and same for each additional sub-folder. Also if copying a file initially it takes awhile before it starts and then stars off slow around 585KB/s copying over from PC1 or PC2 to PC3 before it jumps up to around 10MB/s+. However if I copy the same file from PC3 to PC1 or PC2 no speed issues what so ever. Speeds actually get well up into 70MB/s.

Any thoughts?

A:Clicking on Shared Computer is very slow to view shared contents.

Set all your pc's as in this pdf. File Sharing Settings.pdf

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Have home net with 5 XP machines, one new Dell with Windows 7 (x64). Printers are attached to xp-Pro machines. Printer is Lexmark x8350. Went to Lexmark for drivers for Win 7, downloaded and executed. Loaded the (x64) drivers. Printer works fine directly attached to Win 7 machines. When printer is connected to XP, can see the machine and printer, when attempt to connect it gives "Cannot Connect error". Tried to create Local Port pointing to xp machine. Did not work. When trying to add new printer, asks for driver accepted driver installed and starts to install printer. Computer hangs on install. Help

A:XP shared Printer Win 7 cannot connect though can see printer

Within your router is uPNP enabled?

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My computer runs XP Pro SP3 and has a Brother MFC-8840D printer attached. When I am not using my computer, I put it in Stand By mode (Start > Turn Off Computer > Stand By). When I later revive it, I frequently note that the printer does not accept print jobs. To remedy that situation, I have to physically unplug the USB cable, and plug it back in after a second or two, after which any queued jobs immediately start to print.

Is there anything I can do to avoid having to perform that cable unplug step?

A:Printer Wake-Up

Hi there, welcome.

There are ways to make sure windows does not power down usb devices connected to it. What you do is go to device manager (right click on my computer > properties > hardware in XP, or right click on computer > properties > advanced properties (on the left) > hardware in Vista), click on device manager and right click on any one of the "USB hubs" or ports you have listed there (typically the last category in the list) and go to properties. some of these will have a power management tab and in there is a checkmark to allow windows to power down the device to save power. if that is checked... uncheck it... if it isnt checked.. try checking it and see if that solves the issue.

This has always been a problem with windows. Windows however is not the culprit, its the devices themselves. they are not programed to deal with window's sleep feature and just crash essentially requiring you to manually restart them by unplugging and plugging them in.

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I have an HP4515 printer and it is currently connected to a computer by USB. The computer is connected to Domain A and other computers share the printer from that computer. I would like to connect it also to a different domain (Domain B) by CAT5. The domain on the CAT5 would use DHCP for an IP address, while the Computer uses local connection. Can this be done?

A:Connecting printer to network and computer

I think that you are saying that you want to connect the host (to the printer) computer to two different networks. That will work provided the networks are using different IP address ranges. If the computer is supposed to get internet access via one network then on the other network it should have a static IP with the Gateway and DNS server left blank.

If you mean you want one computer to connect simultaneously to two different domains as in those things businesses use instead of workgroups I'm pretty sure that is impossible.

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