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Need Help With File And Printer Sharing


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#1 bgardner

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 08:00 AM

Please move this topic to the correct forum I have it in the wrong place...

I currently have a laptop computer runnings Vista Business, and a desktop running XP Pro - I also have them both connected to the internet via a linksys Wireless Router.

I know this can be a done but im having issues and cant seem to point myself in the right direction... I want to be able to share files between the 2 computers, it can be as easy as a folder that I just save files into and be able to access them from either computer regardless of which one they were created on. I believe this is just basic file sharing but I cant seem to get the 2 different operating systems figured out to the point to do this.

Also, I have my desktop connected directly to my printer, its an HP Photosmart 8250 - My laptop has no printer installed on it other then distiller for making PDF's
Is it possible to print from my laptop to that printer, which is connected to another computer??

If anyone can help with step by step directions on either of these, It would be appreciated!!

Edited by garmanma, 09 August 2008 - 08:37 AM.
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Posted 09 August 2008 - 03:53 PM

im also having issues with sharing a printer so help would be appreciated here to :thumbsup:

i am using an xp desktop (with an hp 1410 printer attached) and im trying to get the printer to work wth my other desktop (vista)

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Posted 22 August 2008 - 12:10 PM

bump pretty please

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Posted 22 August 2008 - 09:35 PM

Hi, I had the same problem with a Vista laptop and a XP desktop.
Here is my original question

I have a network setup consisting of a desktop running XP via ethernet cable to a Netgear router and a laptop running Vista connected via wireless through router. Computers "talk" to each other perfectly.
I have an Epson printer (Stylus CX3100) plugged into desktop via usb. Printer runs perfectly from desktop. Can't get printer to work from laptop wirelessly. I have manually connected printer to laptop and updated drivers for Vista and it prints while connected by cable.

Now the questions.
1. I have enabled sharing on the printer but it doesn't show on desktop in my network places. Should it? If so how do I go about getting it there?
2. I have installed the printer on laptop. Shows on network but can't get it to print anything. When I hit print from laptop the print job sets up then just disappears (not in printer queue). Why? How to fix? I
3. When I go to add printer to network on the laptop it knows the printer is connected to desktop but I get "Windows cannot connect to the printer. Access denied". It doesn't tell me why it's denied. How to fix?
4. Should I be able to print a document that's on the laptop on the printer connected to desktop? This is what I am trying to acheive.


and the answer from Tomo2-

1. Yes it should. Try the solution below...
2. This may be related to the general problem that is access denied.
3. On the vista laptop try this:

Go to Control Panel. Choose printer. Then choose Add Printer.
ChooseAdd a local printer. Click on Create a new port. The default in the drop down box is Local Port. Do not change that. Click Next.
A dialogue box will appear asking for you to enter a port name. Type in the \\computer name\printer name ie. My computer's name is basement and the printer name is EpsonSty so I typed in \\basement\epsonsty
Yahoo! It worked. Go figure! I guess Microsoft thinks printers on a intranet are local.


4. Yes.


Original thread is here - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/126483/adding-a-network-printer/

Good luck! It worked for me.
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 11:42 AM

Thats definitely a good start - I dont think i got the computers even talking to each other, can anyone point me in the right direction to set that up

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 12:47 AM

Vista: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727037.aspx
XP: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/n...cutt_july2.mspx
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