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Windows 8, homegroup & shared printers - ARGH!!


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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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  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro
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    Lenovo Z570
    CPU
    Intel Core i3
    Memory
    8gb

ddeen

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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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  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
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    Homebuilt special
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    i3
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    Gigabyte
    Memory
    4GB
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    Nvidia GTS250
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    onboard
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    Benq 24"
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    1920x1200
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    big ones
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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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System One

  • OS
    8,7, XP, & 2 Kindle Fires
#4
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. :)
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro WMC
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home built
    CPU
    Q9650 @ 4.05 GHz
    Motherboard
    Gforce 780i SLI FTW
    Memory
    8GB Gskill DDR2 1200Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX-480
    Sound Card
    Asus D2 Xonar
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    HannsG
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    Gskill 120GB SSD
    PSU
    Thermal Take 1000watts
    Case
    Thermal Take Xtreme
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    9 fans air cooled
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    G15 logitech
    Mouse
    G9 logitech
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    50mbps

rishab

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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
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1

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