Can't join new computer to network . . .

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    Hummingbird VIP Member

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    Long time no see! Got a problem I knew you guys could help me out with!

    On our home network we have 2 laptops and a desktop. We just replaced the desktop with a new hp computer. All the computers are connected to the home network and all get internet and email just fine. I have the new desktop computer set up to share its printer, but it won't print from the laptops! I tried to connect to the new computer but it asks for a username a password! I have no idea what they might be - I've tried everything!

    Please help!

    Cynthia :)
     
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    What operating system do these computers have?

    Is the new computer set with "Network Discovery" turned on?

    You might want to turn off "Password Protected Sharing". This forces the user to have an account on the machine before they can connect.
     
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    Hi!!

    My laptop has Win Vista and the new desktop has Windows 7. How do I turn on the Network Discovery? I already turned off the Password Protected Sharing . . .

    I can see all the computers listed when I click 'Network' but I can't connect to them or share the printer . . .

    Cynthia :)
     
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    If you can see all the networked computers then Network Discovery is already turned on.

    And to clarify:
    • Your printer is connected and installed on the Windows 7 desktop machine?
    • Do you have Windows 7 "File and printer sharing" turned on?

    All printer share settings are found here.
    Control Panel >> Network and Internet >> Network and Sharing Center >> Advanced sharing settings

    After which you should be able to share the printer from "Devices and Printers". Right click the printer you want to share and the option to share, should be in the dialog box.
     
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    Oh I haven't done anything with printer sharing through Devices and Printers - I will try it tomorrow when I have it on next! :)
     
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    Okay so I checked that and it was already set to share.

    When I try to print something from my laptop, the printer is there and is installed and share-able and I click 'Print' and it says 'printing' but after a minute or so it says 'Print Job Failed'! What is going on?
     
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    Things to look out for:

    Make sure your computers are all on the same network type Home/Work/Public

    From your desktop if you go to Devices and Printers, right mouse click on your printer, click on Printer Properties, not just Properties, click on the Sharing tab, make sure your printer is shared.

    On your laptop delete your old printer, and re add the new one. You may have to open up printer properties on your laptops and change the port / create a new one for it to work right.
     
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