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Windows 7: Can't Enable Printer & File Sharing

01 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Can't Enable Printer & File Sharing

I have a Windows 7 Pro PC with Local Printer Installed & a Vista Ultimate PC that is networked to the Windows 7 local printer.

All has been working fine until today when the Vista PC would not print.

I deleted the networked printer in Vista & tried to re-add it but it cannot find the networked printer.

I noted that the Print & File Sharing was not Enable on my Win 7 PC but when I enable it it will not remain set when I return to check the setting.

I tried enabling it in Safe Mode w/Networking but it will not remain enabled.

Firewall setting are all normal (no changes in settings)

I don't have any infections of virus (online scan) & I use Windows Security Essentials for my AV prog.

I've not installed any new apps

Thanks for any assistance with this issue


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01 Feb 2011   #2

 

How was the vista machine networked to the 7 printer? Can you ping the 7 machine?
can you access the \\<windows 7 pro machine>\
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01 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Give this a shot on your Vista machine and see if it works.

1) Share Permissions
1. On explorer, go to C:\windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS
2. Right click, Properties
3. Sharing tab
4. Advanced Sharing
5. Check "Share this folder"
6. Permissions
7. Grant everyone Full Control

2) NTFS Permissions
1. On explorer, go to C:\windows\system32\spool\printers
2. Right click, Properties
3. Security tab
4. Edit
5. Add
6. Advanced
7. Find Now
8. Choose "NETWORK"
9. OK
10. Grant NETWORK Full Control
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01 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

While on the Vista PC, when I try to add the networked printer i get a Network Error Msg stating that Windows cannot access the Win 7 PC. When I click on the Diagnostics link it gives a msg "Window Confirms Win 7 PC is online but is not responding to connection attempts. Usually means a firewall is running somewhere between the two PCs & is blocking"

I've made not changes to my D-Link DIR-655 Router.
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01 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Use the link below and check your network and sharing settings in Windows 7 since you say you can't access your Windows 7 PC. Scroll down a little to Severedsolo's post. I know it's and XP tutorial but does apply to any Non-Windows 7 PC for the settings in Windows 7.

File Sharing - Between XP and W7 (and vice versa)
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01 Feb 2011   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Ok... I've completed this list but still can't "Enable" Print/File Sharing on Windows 7 PC nor can I add networked printer to Vista PC. Can't access Win 7 PC from Vista PC.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WDAexodus View Post
Give this a shot on your Vista machine and see if it works.

1) Share Permissions
1. On explorer, go to C:\windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS
2. Right click, Properties
3. Sharing tab
4. Advanced Sharing
5. Check "Share this folder"
6. Permissions
7. Grant everyone Full Control

2) NTFS Permissions
1. On explorer, go to C:\windows\system32\spool\printers
2. Right click, Properties
3. Security tab
4. Edit
5. Add
6. Advanced
7. Find Now
8. Choose "NETWORK"
9. OK
10. Grant NETWORK Full Control
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Feb 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Did you also use the link I provided above to check your 7 settings?
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01 Feb 2011   #8

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Sorry for the delay... had a quick fire to put out. I'm doing the check now. Thanks very much for you help & patience.
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01 Feb 2011   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Humm. no luck. I've performed a clean/install with this Windows 7 several times & it's never failed to work properly with the Vista PC. It's alway set the network up automatically & I only need to turn on file/print sharing & install the network printer on the Vista PC.

I think I'll just do a clean/install & see if it functions properly.

Thanks very much for the helpful suggestions & comments. I'll post back my results.

Thank you
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01 Feb 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

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