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Windows 7: Problems with network sharing?

27 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit Service Pack 1
Problems with network sharing?

Well, I've spent several hours trying to get my network sharing to work. But it brought be nothing but grief. Here is a list of many specific problem messages I am getting; maybe some of you can make heads or tails of it.

1. When I try to connect my printer (hooked up to my desktop via USB) to my laptop via wireless network sharing, I get this message: "Samsung CLP-300 Series Installer cannot connect to \\HaroldIII-PC\CLP-300. Either the printer name was typed incorrectly, or the specified printer has lost its connection to the server."
-Keep in mind that my printer has been on this whole time and I can print from my desktop whenever I want. I also changed my printer's sharing name and followed instructions on how to enter the correct network address for my printer.
-The printer's settings are also set on "shared"

2. When I try to connect to my desktop via my laptop, I get this message: "Network Error/Windows cannot access \\HAROLDIII-PC/Check the spelling of the name. Otherwise, there might be a problem with your network. To try to identify and resolve network problems, click Diagnose."
-The same message appears when I try to access "HAROLDIII-LAPTO" from my desktop.

The only thing I can think of is maybe my network sharing settings are screwed up. Here they are:
-Both Turn ON network discovery
-Both Turn ON file and printer sharing
-Both Turn ON sharing so anyone with...
-Media Streaming OFF on desktop, ON on laptop
-Both Use 128 bit encryption...
-Both Turn ON password protection sharing
-Both Allow Windows to manage homegroup connections

Anything else you guys need to solve the problem please let me know.

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30 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)

#1 Seems that Windows 7 does not share USB printers well.

My suggestion as I have given in other threads is to purchase a USB to Network device and put the printer on the network directly. Then all machines can print to it, plus you don't have to leave the desktop machine to print. This seems to work the best and will give you the least headaches.

#2 Try turning off the firewall and retesting.
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