Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Can't Seem To Share Printer

  1. #11


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8 home premium


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Ok, can we clarify this? You have your printer hooked up by LAN or USB cable to your laptop. You then want to, or are, sharing it through the wireless connection on your laptop. Do I understand?
    Not exactly. I have my wired printer connected via USB cable to a wireless Windows 7 tower. I have set that printer up as a network printer, which enables me to print wirelessly to it using my wireless laptop.

    My neighbor also has a wired printer. He also has a new Windows 8 laptop and a wireless network. We want to be able to print to his printer without his laptop being physically connected to it. Just as I use my laptop to print without being physically connected.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #12


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    So, how and what is his wired printer connected to?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #13


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8 home premium


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    So, how and what is his wired printer connected to?
    Currently nothing. It used to be connected to a Windows 7 tower, but the tower had to go in the shop. So he bought this W8 laptop. When we connected the printer via USB to the laptop, the printer showed up in Devices and Printers. And it worked perfectly.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #14


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    So back to the OP, now the laptop won't recognize the printer when plugged into the USB?

    What model printer exactly? Epson may have a driver removal tool for it. If so, I would suggest you run it and start over.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #15


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8 home premium


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    So back to the OP, now the laptop won't recognize the printer when plugged into the USB?
    No, no, no. I must not be explaining this very well. All I have to do to get my neighbor's new laptop to recognize the printer is to plug it in via USB cable. The problem is when I unplug it, the printer's no longer recognized. I thought I'd covered this ad nauseam, but apparently not very clearly.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #16


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Boy oh boy you have me confused. If you unplug the printer from the laptop, how do you expect it to be recognized, by magic? You said it is not a wireless printer. The printer has to be plugged into a wireless router with printer support, a wireless computer or a wireless printer AP for it to work by wireless.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #17


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8 home premium


    Okay.... one more time.... forget about my neighbor for now. I, personally have a Hewlett-Packard printer. It is not wireless. It has been successfully connected via USB cable to a wireless Windows 7 tower for about 5 years. About 3 years ago I got tired of copying laptop documents to a USB drive, taking the drive upstairs, plugging it into the tower and then printing.

    I set the HP printer up as a network printer. After I did that it was accessible on my laptop via my wireless network. The lightbulb in my head is beginning to dimly glow. Does my setup work because my printer is connected to a W7 tower that is operating wirelessly?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #18


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by boweasel View Post
    Does my setup work because my printer is connected to a W7 tower that is operating wirelessly?
    Yes. As I said in previous post. You can not get a non-wireless printer to work wirelessly unless it is connected to something that has wireless, plain and simple. How would you expect it to work any other way?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #19


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8 home premium


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Yes. As I said in previous post. You can not get a non-wireless printer to work wirelessly unless it is connected to something that has wireless, plain and simple. How would you expect it to work any other way?
    I obviously have been under more stress than I imagined with the move of my son, daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren to the other side of the country. You are obviously correct, and I sincerely apologize for this brain freeze that wasted 2 pages of this forum and the time of everybody thoughtful enough to answer.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #20


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by boweasel View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Yes. As I said in previous post. You can not get a non-wireless printer to work wirelessly unless it is connected to something that has wireless, plain and simple. How would you expect it to work any other way?
    I obviously have been under more stress than I imagined with the move of my son, daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren to the other side of the country. You are obviously correct, and I sincerely apologize for this brain freeze that wasted 2 pages of this forum and the time of everybody thoughtful enough to answer.
    Not a problem, we all can get a bit frazzled at times. I'v had my moments also. Sounds like you are going through a stressful period. Glad you realized how it operates now and don't be afraid to ask questions in the future.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Can't Seem To Share Printer
Related Threads
Hi: I have 5 pcs with 8. The printer is fully installed in a Windows Vista pc. However only one pc can print correctly. I created a homegroup in this pc and it can print just fine. However when I try to connect the other pcs to the homegroup windows 8 displays say it can do it anymore. ...
Hi there If you use one of these there is a driver for it on the Epson site for Windows 8.1 but download THE DRIVER not the utility. When installing you need to watch the popup window very quickly and select MANUAL when it asks you to choose the port (USB connection). If you don't do this the...
Hi there everyone! Windows 8 machine sharing printer with 8 and 7 machine. Under Advanced sharing settins, I've enabled Network sharing in private, public/guest and all networks and disabled password protected sharing. Under printer properties, I have selected to share the printer under the...
Hello, I have an Epson color 580 printer from like 15 years ago. Worked great with XP. When I tried to print with W8.1, it directed me to save the file as an .xps or something. I couldn't get the .xps to print. I did some reasearch and people said to disable the windows .xps viewer or...
Hi, I am running windows8 pro 32 bit, with a Xerox workcentre 3119 laser printer attached to it, by usb. It prints fine. But... I have a homegroup with a windows7 home premium 64 bit machine on it. I did a clean reinstall on the windows7 pc, and now I can't print to the Xerox from the windows7...
share in Network & Sharing
Hello I have tried to share many times with my desktop and the response is that share cannot be done form the desktop. Does that mean a touch screen only can share or am I not performing this properly.
Hi there (note Pos in title of post means Possible -- not the other meaning often shortend to pos !!). Not being able to share printers easily WILL be a drawback. I've run into what I hope is MY error but I can't see any way around this Computer is running W8 Development Preview X-64 ...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook