Can you share a printer hooked up to a XP Home computer?

Discussion in 'Wireless Networks' started by happydude, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. happydude

    happydude Guest

    Can you network and share a printer that is hooked up to a XP Home computer?
    happydude, Aug 10, 2007
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  2. happydude

    Lem Guest


    Run the Network Setup Wizard on all computers in the network, making
    sure to turn on "File & Printer Sharing" and don't forget to configure
    your firewalls to allow LAN traffic as trusted. Right click on the
    printer (on the computer to which it's attached) and permit sharing and
    assign a share name. Reboot and you should be good to go.

    General networking advice from MS-MVP Malke:

    This is most commonly caused by a misconfigured firewall. Run the
    Network Setup Wizard on all computers, making sure to enable File &
    Printer Sharing, and reboot. 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 2005/06) which acts as a firewall, then you're fine. If you have
    third-party firewall software, configure it to allow the Local Area
    Network traffic as trusted. I usually do this with my firewalls with an
    IP range. Ex. would be Obviously you would
    substitute your correct subnet.

    If one or more of the computers is XP Pro:

    a. 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.

    b. 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.

    Then create shares as desired. XP Home does not permit sharing of users'
    home directories (My Documents) or Program Files, but you can share
    folders inside those directories. A better choice is to simply use the
    Shared Documents folder.
    Lem, Aug 10, 2007
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  3. happydude

    happydude Guest

    Wow! Thanks for your suggestions.
    happydude, Aug 10, 2007
  4. happydude

    Lem Guest

    You're welcome. You shouldn't have any problems sharing a printer, but
    if you do, post back with as much detail as possible.
    Lem, Aug 11, 2007
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