Wireless printing

Dell Inspiron 1545
February 5, 2011 at 08:25:23
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, AMD Anthlon II
This is not a wireless printer. I have my HP F2430 connected to my HP Windows 7 Home premium desktop. I have a Dell laptop With Windows XP. Both are in the same workgroup. I have the printer shared. My laptop cannot find my printer that's on my Windows 7 desktop. I go to Printers and Faxes on the XP laptop then add printer add printer wizard comes up I click next I select Network printer then browse for a printer ok now I see the workgroup name and the computer name of my desktop I got it highlighted and click next I get an error "You need to specify a valid network printer name.

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#1
February 5, 2011 at 09:46:27
what is the printers share name?

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#2
February 5, 2011 at 10:01:43
The printer share name is HP Deskjet F2400 series that's the defaught name. I used that on my old desktop that had XP Professional. Also it worked fine And this new desktop computer is Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. laptop is Windows XP Professional 32 bit old desktop was 32 bit does 32/64 bit matter? I didn't think I would like Windows 7 but I do love it. I could upgrade the laptop to 7 Ultimate. I have the upgrade DVD from dell but I don't want to compltely give up XP. Maybe I should?

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#3
February 7, 2011 at 12:14:45
wanderer, Is that a good share name? I need my laptop to print from ym desktop.

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#4
February 7, 2011 at 14:16:10
The share name doesn't matter, but I like to shorten them to be more specific, for human reasons.

Not seeing network printers is extremely common for some reason. Try this. Go back into the wizard, select the Workgroup, and then manually type in the network address of the printer. It will be something like this: \\<host name of computer the printer is attached to>\<printer share name>. Chances are that as soon as you start typing the field will auto-fill. It's a bug.


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#5
February 7, 2011 at 15:20:24
OK I shortened it to HPDeskjet. On the laptop Add Printer Wizard I click the Connect to this printer I type in the box \\HP-DESKTOP\HPDeskjet
Still cannot find the printer.You said it's a bug. Is it a bug in Windows 7 or is it a bug in XP? If it's a bug in XP why wasn't it fixed long ago? Or maybe it's a bug in XP talking with 7? I sure hope I can get this to work.

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#6
February 7, 2011 at 15:38:58
OK I tried something else. Here is the thing.
Computer Description = HP-DESKTOP
Computer Name = CHRIS-PC

On the XP laptop I put in the Connect to printer
\\CHRIS-PC\HPDeskjet
I click next I get a box with a username and password has Connect to CHRIS-PC
I have no passwords on this desktop to log in Windows. What password is it asking for?
The laptop does have a Windows password.

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#7
February 7, 2011 at 19:42:07
Ok, you're on your way there now. Windows has found the printer and now is looking for an authenticated user. Depending on how Permissions are set up, probably any log in will do, from either machine. Since you're networking to XP, you must use workgroups, and without looking it up, I believe you must use authenticated accounts to share. So use the XP pw.

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#8
February 8, 2011 at 04:44:38
Use the XP password? I did that and still not doing it. I think It is something on the Windows 7. Maybe I will uninstall the printer and start over. This has really got me stumped. I am not an expert at computers but I know a little from being here and ive set the printer shareing up before with no problems shared one with my old desktop to the XP laptop. Had no problems at all.

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February 8, 2011 at 06:17:02
OK I have it working. for some reason I had to set up a Windows logon password on the Windows 7 desktop. Can't I do this without having to use the Windows logon password? I use a password on my laptop incase it gets stolden people cannot access my info. Maybe it's more secure this way anyway. I am somewhat happy if someone can answer if there is a way to use it without the windows logon password I would be happy. Thanks for all your help. ASnd maybe this is just a bug they will soon fix.

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#10
February 8, 2011 at 06:51:29
In Win7 go to CP / Devices and Printers / and select the printer / click Customize this printer.

On the security tab, do you have Everyone listed as permitted to print?

With that, I have had XP users without log ins able to use my printer.

But I have a Win7 log in, and that's really the reverse of your question. It may be that Win7 wants to allow only authenticated users to offer its printers to others.


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