printer sharing via home network with Win7, WinXP, & Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Guest, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    With much stumbling, I have been able to configure, via Control Panel, the
    printer settings on the WinXP desktop to print to the printer that is
    physically connected via USB cable to the Win7 desktop. When I File/Print
    and select the appropriate printer name from the dropdown list, the printing
    is fully successful.

    Attempting to apply the same steps with the Vista laptop fails.

    The printer was at one time installed and connected via USB to the laptop,
    and therefore an icon for it exists in Control Panel/Printers. I select the
    printer name, right click, properties, Ports, Add Port, Local Port.

    When I got to this point on the WinXP computer, I had only to enter
    \\XPS9000\Canon Inkjet iP6700D as the port name, and all was good. But on
    the Vista laptop, I get an Local Port error window "Access is denied"

    Perhaps having three different operating systems adds complexity to
    networking a printer. But someone can help me overcome it, I hope.

    BTW, when I go to Control Panel/Printers on the XP computer, the port name
    in properties is exactly as I specified above. A curious thing is that when
    I go to the Sharing tab, the spelling for the Share name is "CanoniP"
    Guest, Mar 1, 2010
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  2. Guest

    R.Q Guest

    Try the fix mentioned here:
    R.Q, Mar 2, 2010
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  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I went to the post showing the Melonhead "solution." I am at this time
    failing to see how what I did differs essentially from Melonhead.'s steps.
    BTW, the Win7 computername is XPS9000, where XPS has nothing to do with OS
    WinXP. Unlike theshadow6 and patchman10, I have not set up filesharing, as
    far as I know. My home network is three computers in the same room. An XP
    computer and a Win7 computer connected by ethernet cables to my Actiontec
    modem/router gateway, and the Vista laptop wirelessly connected. Up to now,
    the only sharing that I have achieved is that I can print to the inkjet
    connected to the Win7 by USB cable.

    Is what I did different from the Melonhead reference? Is the "Share name"
    of significance? Are there instructions for "dummies" on how to access
    printers hard-USB-cabled to Win7 and XP printers which are on the same
    Guest, Mar 3, 2010
  4. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Perhaps I should have mentioned that the laptop runs Vista Home Premium SP2,
    the XP desktop is on XP Pro SP3, and the new computer is Win7 Pro 64bit.
    Guest, Mar 3, 2010
  5. Guest

    R.Q Guest

    All I can suggest is keeping the computer names and share names
    consistent. Check that the share names are correct on the printer you
    are trying to share.I assume it is the wired printer that you trying to
    share. Also I had a similar error with a WinXp computer that
    necessitated a change of a value in my registry to fix. It can be very
    frustrating indeed.Good luck.
    R.Q, Mar 3, 2010
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