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Windows 7: Cannot share folders or a printer amongst four Win 7 machines

07 Jun 2016   #1
gfr92y

DT: WIN 7 HP; LT: WIN 7 PRO; TB: WIN XP Media
 
 
Cannot share folders or a printer amongst four Win 7 machines

I feel like this should be like falling out of bed!

I have two desktops hardwired to an Actiontec router and two laptops wifi-connected. All machines are 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium except one laptop that is 64-bit Windows 7 Professional.

One of the two desktops is connected to an old HP LaserJet 3015 AIO (not to be confused with an equally old HP Business LaserJet 3015, which is an absolutely different kind of printer).

I cannot share folders or a printer amongst the four machines.

Please let me know how I can help you help me.

Thanks!

Joe

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07 Jun 2016   #2
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

The computer that the printer is connected to has to have the drivers installed. Can you print using that computer? I don't know what you have tried or how you have set it up but try these guides. Also for the computer with the printer you will want to go into the router's setting and reserve an ipaddress for that computer. See your router's documentation on how to do that.

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07 Jun 2016   #3
gfr92y

DT: WIN 7 HP; LT: WIN 7 PRO; TB: WIN XP Media
 
 

townsbg,

Thanks for the response!

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The computer that the printer is connected to has to have the drivers installed. Can you print using that computer?
Yes, I can print from the Gateway desktop that is connected to the printer by USB cable.

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I don't know what you have tried or how you have set it up...
Brief history...
  1. Before my wife got the 64-bit Windows 7 Pro Lenovo laptop, she had a 32-bit Windows XP HP/Compac notebook with a stylus-only interactive screen and her and I could both print and share files.
  2. When my children got their 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium (not Home Professional as previously reported) machines, I could not network the 32-bit XP notebook and the two 64-bit Windows 7 machines, and since the kids had school work, they got access to the printer and my wife lost access.
  3. When my wife got her 64-bit Windows 7 Professional Lenovo ThinkPad, the XP was decommissioned and I screwed up homegroups such that her Lenovo could not join my homegroup and my Gateway could not join the Lenovo's homegroup. (I have NO idea how I created two homegroups; one of each machine.)
  4. Ever since I created the homegroup debacle, I have been the only one who can print and occasionally some of us can share files with others, but we have never been able to share files amongst ourselves in a stable sense.

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That's a great suggestion! I will do so and report back the results.


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Also for the computer with the printer you will want to go into the router's setting and reserve an ipaddress for that computer. See your router's documentation on how to do that.
Oh. That makes sense. I will try and report back.

Thanks again for your help and if anyone else has anything they would like to share with me, I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Joe
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