conecting a printer

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Chris, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. Chris

    Chris Guest

    I have 2 computers, 1 desktop and 1 laptop. How do I connect the laptop to
    the printer connected to the desktop?

    I tried using the manufacts name but it didn't work
    Chris, Apr 19, 2008
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  2. You would need to purchase a print server.


    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience -
    Windows System & Performance



    I have 2 computers, 1 desktop and 1 laptop. How do I connect the laptop to
    the printer connected to the desktop?

    I tried using the manufacts name but it didn't work
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Apr 19, 2008
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  3. Chris

    Malke Guest

    Malke, Apr 19, 2008
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    Malke Guest

    You need to set up file/printer sharing on your Local Area Network (LAN).
    Once you have successfully done this - and tested by transferring files
    both ways - then you can set up the printer. Go to the printer mftr.'s
    website and download the Vista drivers for your specific model printer. Do
    this on your laptop. Share out the printer on the Desktop machine and then
    go to the laptop and run the printer installer you downloaded.

    Here are instructions for setting up your network. Not everything may be
    applicable to your situation, so just take the bits that are. It may look
    daunting, but if you follow the steps at the links and suggestions below
    systematically and calmly, you will have no difficulty in setting up your
    sharing. If it looks too complicated (and there's no shame in admitting
    this isn't your cup of tea), have a local professional come on-site and set
    up your network. It will only take a few minutes. Don't use someone from
    BigComputerStore/GeekSquad; get recommendations from family, friends,

    Excellent, thorough, yet easy to understand article about File/Printer
    Sharing in Vista. Includes details about sharing printers as well as files
    and folders:

    For XP, start by running the Network Setup Wizard on all machines (see
    caveat in Item A below).

    Problems sharing files between computers on a network are generally caused
    by 1) a misconfigured firewall; or 2) inadvertently running two firewalls
    such as the built-in Windows Firewall and a third-party firewall; and/or 3)
    not having identical user accounts and passwords on all Workgroup machines;
    4) trying to create shares where the operating system does not permit it.

    A. Configure firewalls on all machines to allow the Local Area Network (LAN)
    traffic as trusted. With Windows Firewall, this means allowing File/Printer
    Sharing on the Exceptions tab. Normally running the Network Setup Wizard on
    XP will take care of this for those machines.The only "gotcha" is that this
    will turn on the XPSP2 Windows Firewall. If you aren't running a
    third-party firewall or have an antivirus with "Internet Worm
    Protection" (like Norton 2006/07) which acts as a firewall, then you're
    fine. With third-party firewalls, I usually configure the LAN allowance
    with an IP range. Ex. would be Obviously you
    would substitute your correct subnet. Do not run more than one firewall.

    B. For ease of organization, put all computers in the same Workgroup. This
    is done from the System applet in Control Panel, Computer Name tab.

    C. Create matching user accounts and passwords on all machines. You do not
    need to be logged into the same account on all machines and the passwords
    assigned to each user account can be different; the accounts/passwords just
    need to exist and match on all machines. If you wish a machine to boot
    directly to the Desktop (into one particular user's account) for
    convenience, you can do this. The instructions at this link work for both
    XP and Vista:

    Configure Windows to Automatically Login (MVP Ramesh) -

    D. If one or more of the computers is XP Pro or Media Center:

    1. If you need Pro's ability to set fine-grained permissions, turn off
    Simple File Sharing (Folder Options>View tab) and create identical user
    accounts/passwords on all computers.

    2. If you don't care about using Pro's advanced features, leave the Simple
    File Sharing enabled. Simple File Sharing means that Guest (network) is
    enabled. This means that anyone without a user account on the target system
    can use its resources. This is a security hole but only you can decide if
    it matters in your situation.

    E. Create shares as desired, including sharing the printer.

    Malke, Apr 19, 2008
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