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Windows 7: HomeGroup printers

15 Jul 2009   #1
Tyderion

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
HomeGroup printers

hi
i have a pc (win7 build 7100) that is connected to two printers (of which one prints (HP laserjet CP1215) and one only scans (no ink)) and it shares those printer.
My win7 build 7600 (on my main pc) added the scan-printer without asking me and didn't add the other one (the only one I can print). I then disconnected this one from the other pc and looked again, no install here.
While I used build 7100 with my main pc too, it asked me: "Do you want to install HomeGroup printer?" and it worked like a charm.
Now I tried to manually add this printer and it asked me for a driver.
I installed the HP drivers but still, not working. Then, when it asked me again to point to the .inf file, i selected the one HP-driver-installation installed (to my C:\Program files folder) but it said this driver is from a "non-certified" publisher (or something like this, sadly I can't reproduce this so I don't remember the exact words).
I clicked "install nonetheless" because I knew it was the right driver (printer prints perfectly from all other win7 workstations).
Now when I try to connect to the printer (still not showing up in "Devices and printers" it tries to connect, looks for a driver, kinda finds one and then tells me, it can't connect.
I cannot even select a new driver or anything, I can only close the window.

On all my other pcs (I only use Win7 since the RC) it works and worked without problems. I miss the "Install Homegroup printer" prompt and well ...

any ideas?

ah well i installed 32bit versions of the driver and now i downloaded 64bit verisons, but even after installing it doesn't work and as I've said before, I cannot manually select a driver inf file anymore, so ... I can't install the printer.




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15 Jul 2009   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 
Print prob

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tyderion View Post
hi
i have a pc (win7 build 7100) that is connected to two printers (of which one prints (HP laserjet CP1215) and one only scans (no ink)) and it shares those printer.
My win7 build 7600 (on my main pc) added the scan-printer without asking me and didn't add the other one (the only one I can print). I then disconnected this one from the other pc and looked again, no install here.
While I used build 7100 with my main pc too, it asked me: "Do you want to install HomeGroup printer?" and it worked like a charm.
Now I tried to manually add this printer and it asked me for a driver.
I installed the HP drivers but still, not working. Then, when it asked me again to point to the .inf file, i selected the one HP-driver-installation installed (to my C:\Program files folder) but it said this driver is from a "non-certified" publisher (or something like this, sadly I can't reproduce this so I don't remember the exact words).
I clicked "install nonetheless" because I knew it was the right driver (printer prints perfectly from all other win7 workstations).
Now when I try to connect to the printer (still not showing up in "Devices and printers" it tries to connect, looks for a driver, kinda finds one and then tells me, it can't connect.
I cannot even select a new driver or anything, I can only close the window.

On all my other pcs (I only use Win7 since the RC) it works and worked without problems. I miss the "Install Homegroup printer" prompt and well ...

any ideas?

ah well i installed 32bit versions of the driver and now i downloaded 64bit verisons, but even after installing it doesn't work and as I've said before, I cannot manually select a driver inf file anymore, so ... I can't install the printer.
Hey again
Welcome to SF
First thing I would do is to go to the printers web site see if you can find win 7 ( or if nec only vista) drivers for your printer and OS (32 or 64 bit). Next sstep I wouold do is to un-install the current drivers. reboot and install the 2 new drivers. If that doesn't help let me know

Ken
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15 Jul 2009   #3
Tyderion

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I cannot uninstall those HP drivers ... they aren't listed in the programs&features of windows and revo uninstaller doesn't list it as well...
i can delete the folder but i dunno if that helps.
I think the problem is that I selected 32bit drivers and somehow, now I cannot change that anymore :S

a reboot didn't help
i will delete the folder and reboot again but i don't think it will help.
if nothing works i'll just reinstall the OS (either the RC or build 7600 again)
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