Connecting a Windows 7 starter edition laptop to a Windows XP network for file and printer sharing?
I have a new netbook running Windows 7 Starter edition and I want to use file sharing and printer sharing with my exisiting Windows XP network. I have turned on file and printer sharing on my XP desktop. The Win 7 netbook connects to the Internet via
my wireless router. The XP desktop is connected to the wireless router. The printer is connecte3d to the XP desktop. Why am I unable to connect the Win 7 to the XP network? How do I do it? - Thank you! Phil
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I was able to use file sharing from my new Windows 7 netbook to my existing XP desktop. I really appreciate it. It was an XP desktop firewall issue. I had to configure the firewall for file sharing.
I still do have a strange printing problem:
The XP desktop is connected to the wireless router. The printer is connected to the XP desktop and prints locally from the desktop. When I look at the network, I can see the XP desktop and the printer from the Windows 7 netbook. I am unable to print from
the netbook. When I run troubleshooting it gets an error and says it cannot fix the problem. The printer is set as the default printer. I have installed the printer driver. I have printer sharing allowed on all devices. When I print from any application
on the Windows 7 netbook, NOTHING at all happens. There is no printer icon in the system tray. Nothing appears when I open the printer. There is no document pending. There is no error balloon.
I am thinking that I may have uninstalled something required for Windows 7 to print. Is there any way that I can repair Windows 7 Starter addition without losing everything I installed?
If that is not the problem, can there be some configuration setting that would prevent ANY form of printing? Should I use LPT(something) or some other drivers? I went through a lot of exploring and learning Windows 7 and I have tailored the netbook to the
way I like it. It would be painfull for me to try to bring the netbook back to factory settings. I have installed software that I need.
I hope you can give me some options and things to think about to solve this printing issue.
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