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Windows 7: can see printer from xp but not 7

28 Jan 2009   #11

Windows 7 Beta x86 Build 7000

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johngalt View Post
Is it because of a lack of drivers for W7?
This was my first thought as well... I'm having the same problem as the OP. My file/print server is running XP, and I can print to it from my desktop and my wife's laptop (both running Vista) with no problem. When I try to connect from my laptop with Win 7 (x86 Build 7000) I can see the printer when I click Add Printer->Network, but when I actually try to connect to the printer it fails with error 0x000046a.

I tried connecting the printer to the laptop via USB directly, and that worked fine after I installed the driver from Canon (MF4150 multi-function printer) for Vista x86. I don't know if all the functions worked, but printing was fine. However, as soon as I try to connect via the network, I get the error as described above.

All the computers are on the same workgroup, the Win 7 laptop is configured as being on a Home network, and I am able to browse/copy/write shared files on the same XP file/print server. I'm stumped... Of course the OS is beta, so it's not the end of the world.

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31 Jan 2009   #12

Win 7/Vista X64/Win XP SP3

Hi guys! I've been lurking on the site for a few days now, and this is a great site! Lot's of good info! I have been using Win 7 for about 3 weeks now and love it! I have had my ups and downs with it, but that is for another thread.

For printer issues, I have found that this fix works well. I am using a Triton USB hard drive server, supposedly not compatible with any OS beyond XP, but this trick works. I have two USB printers attached to it, and I access it with computers running Vista and Win 7.

To make it work I had to setup new TCP/IP ports through the Add printer option in Vista and Win 7, so this should work if your using a dedicated computer as a print server.

When you go to add a new printer to your Win 7 system select "Printer connected to this computer". Next screen select "Create new port". Next screen it will ask for a host name or IP address. Use the print servers actual name on the network, not the IP. This is important if you are using DHCP and not static IPs. Next window, select custom settings, and assign the proper port number. You can get the port number from the printer setup on your server.

Next step is to load the print driver, if Win 7 doesn't have it, select the update option, and be patient as it takes a few minutes to access all the drivers on Microsoft's site. Once you get the driver install it and print a test page.

Let me know if this works for you, it works great on an old Triton black box.

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12 Jul 2009   #13

Windows 7 RC Build7100

To change out of local network, you can use this simple fix:

open Local Security Policy under Administrative Tools.
Navigate down the tree: Security Settings | Local Policies | Security Options
Find: Network Security:LAN Manager authentication level
Set To: Send LM & NTLM - use NTLMv2 session security if negotiated

This should allow you to access your XP mapped network drives, and shares. The printer may not show up in the list, but be sure to add the "UNC" path under "the printer I want to use is not listed".
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06 Apr 2010   #14


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johngalt View Post
Is it because of a lack of drivers for W7?
The compablity, i'd say.
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