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Windows 7: Can't Add Printer Across the Homegroup

29 Aug 2012   #1

Win 7 Ultimate x64
Can't Add Printer Across the Homegroup


MY "D" drive crashed on me and had to reload all the programs back on to the PC and since it was slowing down I decided to do a clean install of Win 7 x64 Ultimate.

Almost back to "working normal" , the problem is it can't find the Printer Driver across the network? The wizard finds the printer ok and the printer is installed on my wife's PC, installed correctly, working and printing from her PC. In Control Panel, I've checked off both PC's to match sharing across the homegroup.

I found a driver for the printer, HP LaserJet 4 Plus, yes it's an old dinosaur but prints like crazy still after all these years, unziped the contents into a folder on the desktop and direct it to look in there but didn't work (can't install it on my PC - serial cable but the wife's PC still has one, old PC-DL running @ 2.6ghz old server BD) use to have a USB to Serial converter worked most of the time and didn't the rest of it.

Any ideas and suggestions are most welcomed.


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29 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

I just went through this with the wifes day she's printing fine and the very next day...bam...nada. Come to find out my whole home network just disappeared. Not one PC could see another much less print anything.

So what I ended up doing was just leaving the joined home group on each PC in the network and then setting it back up. It solved my printer/missing network conundrum. Not sure if this will help or it's was something completely different than your issue.
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31 Aug 2012   #3

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Thanks, I tried that and still no go

So these are the errors that I get

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01 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Yep...those are the exact same error messages that I got as well. The first time this happened it had something to do with home group services not being disabled in order to leave the homegroup. Trying to find out where got the info from...
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04 Sep 2012   #5

Win 7 Ultimate x64


Any luck on that source?

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06 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

No...sorry...I've been busy with the kids extracurricular activities (3 girls -cheerleading). I might have some free time this weekend...hopefully.
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