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Windows 7: Can't Print from networked computers

29 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7
Can't Print from networked computers

Hi! I have 2 laptops and a desktop. All of them are now running Windows 7.

I am unable to print from either of the laptops. I have set up my Home Group and made sure each computer has the same password.

The HP printer I have is connected via USB port to the desktop. I can print from the desktop. When I try to print from either of the laptops it does not print.

Please help-is their a sequence of things I should check on each computer?


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29 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM

Have you made sure the printer share settings are enabled?
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29 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7

Not sure what you mean by that. Do I go to each computer and open the printer icon and enable sharing, or just the computer that the printer is connected directly to?

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29 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM

the computer the printer is connected to... but it sounds like that is already enabled if you can see the printer on all your machines...
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29 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7

I'll double check that at lunchtime today but I can see the printer on the other computers.
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29 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64

There is another thread in this forum whereby both the OP of the thread and I are having similar issues with our HP Laserjet 1022 printers not working across Homegroups.

In your case what model HP is it and are you absolutely sure you are using Win7 drivers for this printer?

HP has announced on their site that they won't have Win7 drivers for the Laserjet 1022 until mid-November. Thus I am holding off spending time on this problem until I have the Win7 drivers installed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7

Peter- My HP is a Photosmart D7460 and the HP site does have win 7 drivers which I have downloaded and installed.

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30 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7
Still Not Working

I went back and set the printer to work wirelessly. It recognized my network and said it was setup successfully to work wirelessly.

I have updated software installed from HP but nothing will print!!

Any ideas?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Oct 2009   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

Is your computer wired directly to the router?

Sharing printers and file in Windows 7 HomeGroup involves 3 steps:
1. Setting up HomeGroup
2. Connecting to HomeGroup
3. Share Printer

1~ Setting Up Homegroup

1- To setup you HomeGroup in Windows 7, Go to Start menu and type homegroup in Windows 7 Search bar.

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2- Next click create homegroup on the screen.

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3- On the next screen select what you would like to share. **Make sure you select printer.

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4. Next you will receive a password. Make notation of this b/c it will be required to add machines to you homegroup.

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5. Finally click the finish button. Here you can make addition changes at this time is you desire.

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2~ Connecting to Homegroup

1. To setup you HomeGroup in Windows 7, On your next computer, Go to Start menu and type homegroup in Windows 7 Search bar.

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2. You're now prompt to enter the password from step one. Insert the password into the space provided.

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3. You have now joined the homegroup

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3~ Add printing device

1. Choose Start→Devices and Printers.

You see the Device Stage list. You may or may not have any printers indicated at this point.

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2. At the top, click the Add a Printer button.

Windows 7 asks whether you want to add a local printer or a network, wireless, or Bluetooth printer. You wantt to add a network printer.

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3. Click the Add a Network, Wireless, or Bluetooth Printer paragraph.

Windows starts searching for printers throughout your entire network. Usually, it finds the printer you want. Sometimes it doesn’t. The wizard should show you a list of found printers.

4. If you see your printer in the list, go to the next step. If Windows isn’t finding it, click the Stop button and then click The Printer That I Want Isn’t Listed. Click the Browse button and then locate the printer on your network.

If the wizard doesn’t display the printer you want to install, you can install it by typing its name into the Printer text box under the Select a Shared Printer by Name option. The name should be in the form \\host\printer

5. Select the printer, click the OK button, and click the Next button.

6. Click Install Driver. Then click Next.

7. Select the default printer and click Finish.

Ok now reboot all your systems. They should have detected the printer and allow you to print. If they didn't don't panic follow step "3~ Add printing device" on each computer connected to your homegroup. Note you may need to install the drivers you previously downloaded to your laptops.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7

The desktop computer is, yes.
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