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Problem with sharing a printer with Vista and W7


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#1 djvic87

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 05:36 PM

My network setup is a windows 7 desktop connected to a printer, and a windows Vista laptop . The problem I'm having is that whenever I restart my vista laptop, and try to print from the shared printer, it says that the printer is offline. The only way that I can fix this persistent issue is to restart both machines, and add the shared printer through the laptop every single time. Is there a way that I can fix this? Such as, that my laptop remembers that the default printer is the one that's connected to the home computer?

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 11:55 PM

Hp printer? when you print click on the printer icon in the system tray (near the clock) and open the printer window go into properties and un check print offline. This should get you printing without rebooting your desktop. My system does this once in a while however my printer is a network printer that is attached through a router and has a static IP address. As you stated the printer is connected through your desktop through USB the desktop is connected to a router and the laptop connects wireless. I would try giving the Desktop a static IP address so the laptop always knows where the printer is or should be.
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