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Windows 8, homegroup & shared printers - ARGH!!

  1. #1


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8 Pro

    Windows 8, homegroup & shared printers - ARGH!!


    I have Win 8 pro on my laptop. It was previously Win 7 and could happily share a printer connected to the other PC in the household which is also Win 7. The sharing was/is done via the magic that is HOMEGROUP.

    I upgradedified my laptop to Win 8, and after a little nonsense, all was working well, appart from the fact that I cannot for love nor money see the shared printer mentioned above any more.

    I have remoed both laptop and desktop PC from the homegroup. Rebooted. Re-created a homegroup on the desktop, joined my laptop to it. I can see all the libraries and files, but there is no sign of the printer. I even took my laptop out to the room where the printer is to show it that it really did exist!

    Now, I can walk out to room with the printer in, access my documents from the desktop PC and print from it, but that defeats the object, and besides, I have a point to prove to my laptop! Also, my partners kids are always using the desktop and I don't like hassling them.

    So, if anyone has any bright ideas that will prevent me from buying a very long usb cable, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Love and kisses

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8 Pro


    Did you share the printer on the PC that it is attached to? I haven't used Homegroup, but on a regular network you have to share the printer and then you have to run the add printer wizard on each PC that uses that printer.
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    8,7, XP, & 2 Kindle Fires


    I am having the same problem so if you figure anything out- I'd be greatful if you would post it here. I even compounded the problem because I got the bright ideal to uninstall the printer from the windows 8 computer (which it is directly connected to) and re-install it in the hopes it would correct the shared printer issue. Now my Windows 8 computer does not recognize the printer no matter how I install it. I have a couple friends with windows 8 and they are are the same issues.
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  4. #4


    Quote Originally Posted by Mellow Dragon View Post
    I have Win 8 pro on my laptop. It was previously Win 7 and could happily share a printer connected to the other PC in the household which is also Win 7. The sharing was/is done via the magic that is HOMEGROUP.

    I upgradedified my laptop to Win 8, and after a little nonsense, all was working well, appart from the fact that I cannot for love nor money see the shared printer mentioned above any more.

    I have remoed both laptop and desktop PC from the homegroup. Rebooted. Re-created a homegroup on the desktop, joined my laptop to it. I can see all the libraries and files, but there is no sign of the printer. I even took my laptop out to the room where the printer is to show it that it really did exist!

    Now, I can walk out to room with the printer in, access my documents from the desktop PC and print from it, but that defeats the object, and besides, I have a point to prove to my laptop! Also, my partners kids are always using the desktop and I don't like hassling them.

    So, if anyone has any bright ideas that will prevent me from buying a very long usb cable, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Love and kisses
    It usually helps to install the Windows 8 compatible printer drivers directly onto the Windows 8 machine.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1


    I got it to work finally on my comp
    Here is what you do
    Go to network (not homegroup)
    you must see all shared locations and the printer there(make sure printer is on)
    right click on printer and select connect
    it will start installng the printer drivers(will take abt 15 sec)
    and your done

    you will now see the printer listed in the Devices
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  6. #6


    rishab, can you amplify on this a bit? I'm having exactly the same issue. Do you go to network in Control Panel?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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