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Windows 7: Printer Share

20 May 2011   #1

Win 7 Home Premium x64
Printer Share


I have an AIO printer attached and shared on a Win XP Pro machine. The printer is then accessed by 5 Win 7 machines.

On the Win XP pc, I have created accounts that match the users/accounts of the Win 7 pc's. The passwords also match between 7 & XP.

The problem is every time a user changes their password on their Win 7 machine, they lose connectivity to the printer, and can no longer print, until the account is modified to match the Win 7 pc.

I would like to get rid of this issue.

Is there a way to connect to the shared printer on the XP machine without worrying about users/accts.

I also don't want to create a general user account on the XP pc, and then create the same acct on the Windows 7 pc, so they can print.

3 of the machines are being operated by kids, they keep changing their passwords, also trying to connect to each others machines, basically playing around.

I just want them to connect to the printer and print, not have to worry about passwords or etc...

Any recommendations?


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21 May 2011   #2

Windows 8 Core X64

I would suggest adding a cheap print server and connecting the printer to it. The any computer on the same network can print to it. No userid/password problems and no specific machine has to be running.

Many/most new printers are Wireless capable so this is built in.
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24 May 2011   #3

Win 7 Home Premium x64

yep, that is the plan as soon as this one dies. Network printers are the way to go.

I had to create a user acct just for printing, it works.

I don't use simple file sharing or use guests accts.
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24 May 2011   #4


Add the "Everyone" group to the printer access list. Give the "Everyone" group print access and they shouldn't be prompted to login at all.
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24 May 2011   #5

Win 7 Home Premium x64

tried that, didn't work for all the pc's, didn't have time to troubleshoot permissions, as i had to remove viruses.

the pc's are going to be upgraded to Windows 7, so for now their good

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