Three different computers, running three OSs; Vista Home Premium, XP Pro,\nand Win7 Pro 64-bit.\n\nMy Vista laptop used to be connected to a certain Canon printer, and its\nname in Control Panel/Printers is "Canon iP6700D" and when I click on\nProperties, and the Share tab, that is also the spelling of the "Share\nname".\n\nIf I am trying to network to that Canon printer, which is now hard-cabled to\nmy Win7 computer, should I delete that printer reference on the Vista\nlaptop, using Control Panel? I wonder if having that entry in the Vista\nsystem is somehow a problem in my efforts to nework it.\n\nThe Win7 computer is hard-cabled to that Canon printer. In Control panel,\nthe name under the icon for that printer is Canon Inkjet iP6700D, and in the\nSharing tab under printer properties the Share name is exactly the same.\n\nI did manage to setup network access to that printer on the XP computer, by\nsetting up the port using the computername of the Win7 computer. BTW, this\nsame printer used to be hard-cabled to this XP, and there was already an\nicon for the printer before I bought the new computer. In Control panel, the\nname associated with the printer icon is "Canon iP6700D" but the Share name,\nin the properties/sharing tab, is "CanoniP" Regardless of this difference,\nI can print to the Canon just fine.\n\nIs it known for certain that it is important for all names, including the\nShare names, to be the same on all three computers? If it is, how would I\ngo about making all the names the same? Would renaming in Control panel\nscrew up something?\n\nI think that I should know the unequivocal facts about printernames and\nShare names before I make any more frustrating attempts to network the\nprinter to my Vistap laptop. If and when I get that done, I will start on\nnetworking the HP Laser!