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Networked Printer issues

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I can't seem to get the laptops to work with the printer.


The main computer has Windows 7 Pro SP1 on it and has the Epson WF-3640 hardwired to it and has a linksys router also connected to it.


The one laptop is running Windows 10 Home.  The other laptop is running Windows Vista Home.


I have tried many things to get the laptops to communicate withe the printer and no success. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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Hi there fertigline,


Can you evaluate on what exactly you tried to get the laptops to communicate with the printer?


Seeing as you have the Printer hard-wired to the PC, I assume you did share the printer across the network?


Also, when you start your PC, do you need to provide a password in order to log in? Or does your useraccount have no password?




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The questions Artellos asked would be of help in assisting you for sure.  You'll need to turn on File and Printer sharing for your computers.  And share the printer out from your desktop.


From control panel go to devices and printers, right click your printer and choose printer properties.  Go to the sharing tab.  Check share this printer, and give it a share name.


If your sharing is set up correctly when you go to add a printer to the laptops choose Select a shared printer by name and browse (Network discovery needs to be enabled to see it listed here).  You'll see your desktop computer name in there and under that your printer.


If you don't see it or have network discovery off you can type in the address manually using the example below.


You'll need the \\NAMEOFTHEDESKTOP\SHAREDNAMEOFPRINTER and you'll be asked for your logon credentials of the PC it's hard wired too unless you don't have a password.

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