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shared printer won't print issue

  1. #1


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro

    shared printer won't print issue


    My desktop PC has Windows 7 64 bit and my laptop has Windows 8.1 64 bit. I have two printers connected to my desktop. I am setup for a home network and my modem and router are connected to my desktop. I have my desk top set up to share file and my printers are set up to share. Everything was working fine up until the last 2 or 3 days. When I'm on my laptop I can access my files on the desktop, but now I can't print. From my laptop it will see my printers, but when I try to print I get all kinds of message. Sometimes it says that the print spooler is not running and I know it is. Other times it will ask for a user name and pass word, but I never did use a pass word. Besides when I set up file and print sharing, I disabled using a pass word. There are about 3 different messages that I get telling me that it won't print. If I just right click on the printer icon and select "connect", I still get the messages. I re installed the latest drivers for my printers, I refreshed the print spooler in services, I ran virus scans, and system scans. I reset my router by un-connecting and re-connecting. But it still will not print. The only way I can print is to send the file to my desk top and print from there. Does anyone have any ideas as to what might be going on?

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  2. #2


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    I finally found the problem and was able to fix it. I discovered that Simple File Sharing had to be enabled and for some reason on my desktop it was disabled. So I went into the registry and enabled it. I have no idea how it got disabled, but that was the problem. I might drink an extra bottle of beer tonight to celebrate. I think I deserve it.
    The way I changed it was to go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa\ForceGuest and change the value from 0 to 1
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  3. #3


    Hi Frank. I answeed to your post yesterday, but I don't know what happened to it. I posted from my phone, so perhaps that was it.

    Anywho, it was Patch Tuesday the other day. Perhaps an update turned it off? Glad to see you got it fixed.
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  4. #4


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thanks for responding, Tony. After my initial post, I noticed that it didn't display right; it said something about "Print view." I then got a message from Shawn and he said he fixed it. The problem was (as I understand) the fact that the title of my post ended in the word "print" and that's way it displayed as it did, and that's the reason I couldn't see your response. You might be right about the patch because I think that's when it started to happen. I'm glad I got it fixed. My wife said she, also, is happy. Now I'm not spending all of my waking hours fiddling with the computer. :-)
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  5. #5


    Ok. That explains it.

    Again > happy wife > happy life!
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