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Windows 7: Can I Still Print to Wireless Printer if I Disconnect The Homegroup?

03 Oct 2012   #1

Win 7 64
Can I Still Print to Wireless Printer if I Disconnect The Homegroup?

Can I still print to the wireless printer if I disconnect the Homegroup?

I do not wish to share files and see no point in joining a Homegroup.

Would removing the Homegroup cause internet connection problems?

Please advise. Thanks.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Oct 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Sure, you could still share it.

To print to it from a computer you would simply open up the "Devices and Printers" page in explorer, click "Add a Printer" then the network/Bluetooth printer option. It may take a few seconds for your computer to discover your printer on the network but it should be there.

Alternatively, you could add the printer by clicking the "my printer isn't listed" button and entering the DNS name or IP address of the printer if it has a static IP. Or you could open up the "Network" page of explorer and install it from there. As you can see, you have options outside of Homegroup, albeit they may involve a few more steps.

Best of luck, be sure to post back your success or if you need additional help

And no, the homegroup has nothing to do with internet access
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Oct 2012   #3

7 x64

Doesn't matter if you use a Home Group or you use Workgroup sharing. Once something is jshared on your PC it is shared to all that can log on to your PC.

As for Printing to a networked printer you can still do that without sharing anything on your PC.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

03 Oct 2012   #4

Win 7 64

Thanks so much! I feel better about this now and disabled the homegroup.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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