Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Cannot Print to Network Printer

09 Sep 2011   #1
qwertyportne

Windows 7 Home
 
 
Cannot Print to Network Printer

My new Windows 7 computer will not print to my network printer. It's connected to my wife's XP computer with an ethernet cable. My old XP computer had a wireless card and worked fine with our network printer, so the problem is probably something I need to do with my new Win 7 computer.

My new computer has wireless access to email and the Internet via her router, so I know my USB wireless adapter is OK and connected to our network. And I made sure her computer is on.

When I try to add a printer, the wizard does not find the printer on the network, and I have no idea how to find the TCP address to do it manually.

Should I load the drivers for our printer onto my Windows 7 computer? Or what? Thanks for any help coming my way...

Bill


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
09 Sep 2011   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Check these links carefully, which show you how to share a printer between a Windows XP and a Windows 7 computer.

File Sharing - Between XP and W7 (and vice versa)

Share Files and Printers between Windows 7 and XP - How-To Geek
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Sep 2011   #3
2xg

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

Welcome to TSF,

What's the Make and Model of the Printer? Are you sure that it's a network printer with built-in network adapter?
From your printer's ethernet port, plug the straight network cable then the other end to the router's LAN Port.

Quote:
When I try to add a printer, the wizard does not find the printer on the network, and I have no idea how to find the TCP address to do it manually.
You may install AdvancedIPScanner from any computer's in your network to find the IP/Mac Addresses of all the network devices including the Printer's IP, I'd prefer to manually assign IP on your network printer.
It's best to download the latest printer software and driver from the manufacturer's site and might need to install the latest driver on all your computers.
Quote:
Should I load the drivers for our printer onto my Windows 7 computer?
Another great suggestion is share your Printer.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

09 Sep 2011   #4
qwertyportne

Windows 7 Home
 
 

Our printer is an HP Office Jet 6210. Our printer is connected to one of the USB ports on my wife's XP computer. The wireless router is connected to her computer with an ethernet cable. My old XP computer connected to the router with a Belkin wireless card over our home network. I could print, get email and browse the Internet.

After my old computer died, I bought a Windows 7 computer and installed a wireless USB adapter and its driver. I can now get email and browse the Internet but cannot print. Ugh!

I've checked all sorts of things. Made sure the name of her computer is different than the name of my computer and a few other things, but I am really in the dark as to how to solve this problem. One thing that looks wrong is that the workgroup names are not the same, but I don't know which wizard to run. Hers? Mine? I cannot see her machine on my network places at all, but she can see my computer on the wireless network we've been using for years.

Anybody got any detailed procedures to deal with this? The How to Geek procedure did not let me see her machine on my Network Places. Maybe I should have done that on her computer?

Thanks everyone. I'm open to suggestions,

Bill
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Sep 2011   #5
2xg

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

Alright, the printer is a USB capable and doesn't have a built-in network adapter.

Disable any Firewall or Security Software for now.

Enable Files and Printer Sharing from the XP machine.
Enabling File And Printer Sharing In Windows Xp

Pls. verify that both computer's Netbios are enabled:
To enable netbios in XP computer, pls see this link.
To enable netbios in Windows 7 PC, follow this guide.

If....it is such a hassle for you to setup Files and Printer sharing, another great option is a USB Print Server, you may read the technical details from the link provided.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Sep 2011   #6
qwertyportne

Windows 7 Home
 
 

It works now and I didn't do anything. Weird. I was preparing to go through each procedure you folks gave me when I noticed that both computers and my Roku device were displayed on the Network Places screen. I quickly went through the add a printer procedure and was pleasantly surprised to see our printer as one of the selections. I clicked it, finished the add printer steps and printed a test page. Voila! It doesn't make sense that the problem was the new USB wireless adapter, because even when I could not print or see my wife's computer on the Network Places screen, I could get email and browse the Internet. Oh well, it works now and if it is something to do with the adaqpter, maybe it will always be intermintently goofy? Anyway, thanks for all your help. I saved your links in my favorites...

Bill
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2011   #7
2xg

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

Thanks for letting us know Bill, that's great to hear all is well.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2011   #8
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Pleased to hear it Bill and thanks for posting back.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Aug 2015   #9
StuperTech

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Check for IP and also connectivity

Do a test page, and check the IP. See if you can ping the IP by running a command prompt, and typing

ping 192.168.x.x

x.x

is the last 2 sets of digits.

There is a good article about IP based printing here.

Also how to add it to your cell phone.


How to setup a network printer at home | Space City Tech
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Cannot Print to Network Printer




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How to print using a printer over the Internet outside my network
How can I print to a remote IPP enabled printer on the internet in Windows 7? This printer is outside my LAN. I tried enabling it through the Add a Printer but it does not work. First of all, is this even possible i.e connecting to a printer over the internet using IPP/IPPS with the IP address of...
Network & Sharing
Print directory listing to network printer.
I've installed MS's printdir.bat file but it's not working properly. When I select Print Directory Listing from the context menu in Windows Explorer, I can see a background flash that indicates the file is executing, but nothing gets to the printer. When I execute PrintDir.bat from the command...
Customization
cannot print from network printer on win 7 laptop
I am not able to print in program(ie works, notepad ect.) to my network printer. The printer is a Kodak ESP 5250 connected via usb to my desktop cpu. Desktop is hp running win vista, laptop is an hp running win7. All printer sharing is enabled. I have another laptop( aser) running win7, it's hooked...
Network & Sharing
Network printer won't print
I have a samsung ML-1710 connected to some network attached storage. I was running win7 x32 but installed x64. Since then I can't get anything to print. I've downloaded and installed their universal printer driver and windows can detect the printer when asked to add one. Everything seems fine...
Hardware & Devices
Cannot print with printer on network
I have installed a HP office jet 6700 on my network my laptop Win7 X 32 can see the printer and print. However when I tried to install the printer on my wife's laptop I cannot get it to connect at all. The printer can be seen on the network however why I try to print nothing goes to queue. I have...
Network & Sharing
Network printer won't print
I am able to add a network printer to my laptop using a wireless homegroup; however, when I send a test page, nothing happens at the printer. The printer is attached to a desktop in another room. Both the laptop & the desktop use Windows 7. The system worked OK when the laptop used Windows 7 & the...
Network & Sharing

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 17:14.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App