share printer on laptop

By parry
Apr 18, 2006
  1. I have a laptop which is connected to a desktop via a router - for Internet ....
    I have a printer which is connected to a desktop .
    I would like this printer to be 'shared' by a laptop .
    I have added a Printer (via Control Panel ) - but when I browse for the printer I cannot see the printer - all I can see is 'Microsoft Network ' and 'MSHOME' ....

    (The desktop printer has already been changed for 'Sharing' )

    Please help ....
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    you will need to establish a local network with one of your computers as the local server - your desktop. Then you will need to enable printer sharing.
    When you print from the laptop, it will print to a spooler used by the ram on your desktop. This will only work if the desktop is on.
  3. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 766

    When setting up a network, by default it is on "Do not allow file and printer sharing". So you need to go back and resetup the network and change to allow file and printer sharing. You do so by going to " set up a home or small office network". (I think you may need to do it on both computers)

    Then click print(on any thing)
    Find Printer
    M$ Windows network
    The comp's name that has the printer on it
    The printer

    Also you make sure you enabled printer sharing.
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