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Windows 7: Connecting to network printer

17 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7
Connecting to network printer

I have two Windows 7 machines. One has a USB printer attached and is sharing it. No big deal. Simple shared printer setup, done it 1000 times. In fact, everything was working fine when the host was Windows 7 and the client was Vista. But, now that I've upgraded the client to Windows 7, I can't get it to print.

I went through the typical way I add network printers. Load up the host computer shares by running \\host
Then I just right-clicked the shared printer and clicked connect...
It found the driver, etc. and installed it. So, I thought everything was fine. Until my wife tried to print (her computer is the client) and nothing happened. The jobs just stacked up in the queue.

So, I looked at the devices and the printer is grayed out as though offline. The printer is on, the host can print. I don't get it.

So, I tried one of my old approaches to adding printers. By installing the printer locally and then just adding a local port \\host\printer. Another dead end. I get "access denied" when I try to add the local port. What the heck?

At this point I am left with a brick wall and a bloody forehead.

Any ideas? As I mentioned, this setup worked fine when it was a Windows7/Vista setup. I have changed nothing on the host pc.
Both pcs are running Windows 7 Ultimate 32 and are both plugged into a gigabit network...not wireless.

Thanks for your time!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Aug 2010   #2

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer

Could the client print using a PDF driver located on the host? I want to see if it's specific to this printer/driver.
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