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Windows 7: Network Printing Problem

23 Feb 2009   #1

Vista
 
 
Network Printing Problem

I have a build 7000/x64 installation that is part of a W2K3R2 domain. The domain has 2 networked printers available on the W2K3 server. When I attempt to install one of them (HP970C and a HP5MP) the wizards see the printers and guide me to the install, but when I select the desired printer, I just get a "connecting to printer" dialog, and nothing ever happens. I've tried this with two different Windows 7 systems with identical results. The printers work fine with the other Vista and XP systems. I think it worked OK on a W7x86 install I tried previously (not 100% positive, though).

The net is that I cannot connect to networked printers. Any ideas out there?

Thanks!

Gray

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23 Feb 2009   #2

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gmccord View Post
I have a build 7000/x64 installation that is part of a W2K3R2 domain. .... I think it worked OK on a W7x86 install I tried previously (not 100% positive, though).

The net is that I cannot connect to networked printers. Any ideas out there?

Thanks!

Gray
you need to use the vista x64 driver/software now instead of x86 if you think thats what you had working... may also not work with x64 edition as of yet
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24 Feb 2009   #3

Vista
 
 

I think the OS discovers and installs whatever drivers it needs. I've never had to do anything special for theHP printers. Interestingly enough, It finally kind-of worked, and I have no idea why. I didn't change anything. I just kept rtying and eventually it connected and worked. I suspect something is funky in the networking system, but good luck figuring out what it is. Probably beta code rearing its head.

Thanks!

Gray
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01 Jun 2009   #4

windows 7
 
 

If the driver is already available and you're getting the error "Windows cannot connect to the printer" and "Operation failed with error 0x0000000d" in the detail,
I found a solution from Vista that can be adjusted to work in Windows 7:

1. In "Devices and Printers" click "Add a Printer"
2. Select "Add a local printer"
3. Select "Create a new Port" and use "Local Port" as the Type
4. Enter the Network Path to the Printer (ie. \\ComputerName\SharedPrinterName) as the Port Name
5. Choose the printer from the list
6. Choose whether you want to use the driver that is currently installed or replace it
7. Name the printer
8. Choose whether to share the printer or not
9. Choose whether to set the printer as the default printer or not
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27 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Does ANYTHING actually work on Windows 7?
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27 Aug 2009   #6

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PeterM42 View Post
Does ANYTHING actually work on Windows 7?
If you're running into problems connecting to old computers, you might have an NTLM Authentication problem. if it is, try this solution
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27 Aug 2009   #7

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PeterM42 View Post
Does ANYTHING actually work on Windows 7?
Just a thought but yo might want to start a new thread of your own. this thread has been dormant since june and not many ppl will be looking here.

Just a heads up

Ken
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28 Aug 2009   #8

Vista
 
 
I did find the solution.....

It appears that starting with the RC release, MS did not include the full list of printer drivers on the install DVD. It also appears that when you tey to add a network printer, there is no simple way to find the missing drivers. Here's the solution (works every time on RC and RTM):

Even though your printer is not locally attached, first try to add it as a local printer. When you do this, and your printer is not in the selection list, use the option to search "windows update". Windows will go away for a while while it downloads a lot of missing drivers. You should now find your printer in the new improved list. Go ahead and install it.

Next, go back and try to add the printer as a network printer. It should now work just fine.

Delete the local printer.

Voila!

Clunky, but works like a charm. Definitely a WTF, though!
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28 Aug 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I had this issue on my work machine. Even Windows update didn't find the driver needed when trying to attach to a printer shared off the network. My solution was to add the printer as a local printer but choose to add a new TCP/IP port. Input the IP address of the network printer and finish the wizard. You should then be able to just print directly to the printer instead of through the printer share.
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08 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7 home premium
 
 

I tired what was posted above with the adding a local printer to my network and it worked.

I just opened up network then devices on my network and added a printer I knew that the printer was hooked into usb0001 so I selected that and set as default and it printed fine

I was getting a spool error previously and this fixed that issue. The troubleshooter that came with windows 7 did nothing.
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