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Can anyone help as I am now getting really frustrated!

I am trying to network our printers as at the moment we have a USB lead which we have to plug into PC's / Laptops when we need to print. I would like to have the printer plugged into my PC and to have 3 laptops networked to it so they can print from anywhere in the house.

The most annoying thing is, is that I did actually get it working at one point, but now it doesn't seem to work and I can't figure out what I did!

I have the workgroup name the same on both the PC and the laptop and the computer desciption I think is the same. computer names are different though.

I do have the shared box ticked on both machines and both read the same.

Please help before I pull out my hair!!!! :)

Many thanks

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Hi Allison. Welcome to GeeksToGO.

We have a network and printer sharing guide available: http://www.geekstogo...ng-t102163.html
Post #5 has the info you need.

To state these steps simple:
1) make sure the printer is installed and working from the host computer
2) Go to Control Panel, Printers and look for the printer you want to share.
3) Right click on the printer and select properties
4) You should see a sharing tab appear. Click on Sharing
5) check the box for "share this printer" and then give the printer a name.

At this point your done setting up your printer. Please go to one of the other systems that needs the printer setup on.
Go to Start, Run and enter \\pcname
where pcname is the name of the computer you are sharing the printer on.
If the computer appears, then you should see the printer as well. Doubleclick on the printer should install it and make it available to print to.

If you can not browse to the computer, check the guide for more detailed info.
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