Trouble with username and password when printing to a network printer.

Posted on 2004-04-02
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Last Modified: 2010-04-11
I have a small office workgroup at my shop (6 computers on a workgroup). Every station has a printer attached to it that is shared. I am running XP on all stations. For some reason on my station no one can print to my printer. As soon as you try to connect to it a login/username box pops up. I don't have a password set on my machine anywhere. Upon windows login the login screen says owner with no password, but this does not work when I type it in for the printer. I can print to any other computer/printer on the network, but no one can print to me. I have tried plenty of different usernames such as admin and owner just to see if it is a default as well as looked in all of my security settings to no avail. Is there something that i have turned on that is not allowing me to connect to my computer?? I have also recently added a network laser printer with its own ip address and print serve, but installed it through my computer and now it will not let me in on any other computer to print to it??
Please help.
Question by:rgueri1
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Expert Comment

ID: 10740176
Hi rgueri1,
Try this:
Let Everyone's permissions apply to anonymous users as well:
   Click Start->Run->SECPOL.MSC /S <ENTER>
     Navigate to Local Policies/Security Options.
     Double click "Network Access:Let Everyone permissions apply to anonymous users"
     Click Enabled and click OK

You may need to reboot afterwards...

Author Comment

ID: 10740434
Tried and did not work

Expert Comment

ID: 10741680
When the username/password pops up, type 'administrator' for the username and leave the password blank (or type the username given as a logon to that computer). The same thing happened to me recently. It was because one of the computers didn't have the same workgroup name as the others. Confirm they do by going to each computer and performing these steps:
1. right click on "my computer"
2. left click on properties
3. click the "computer name" tab
4. click the "change..." button
Confirm the Workgroup radio button is selected and the spelling of the workgroup name is the same as the other computers.

Expert Comment

ID: 10742396
Also, What you can try is:
Start--> Control Panel -> User admin
Create a new user and whenever from any other station the user name password box pops up, put that new username and password in. It should work!!

btw are u using XP pro and other XP home or vice a versa??
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Accepted Solution

sirbounty earned 1000 total points
ID: 10742593
In a peer-to-peer - the best route is to create the same user account across all 6 machines with the same password on each one.
For instance
Computer1 has accounts: Tom (password: abcdef), Jim (password: hijklmn), Steve (password: pqrstuv), etc.
Computer2 has the same accounts and passwords: Tom (password: abcdef), Jim (password: hijklmn), Steve (password: pqrstuv), etc.
Ditto Computers3-6...

Now, once you've set that up - try again.  This should resolve your problem.
If not, read this:
There have been many complaints that after running the Network Setup Wizard the local machine was still unable to connect to the network and share files and printers. In most cases, this is because the Wizard has either activated the Internet Connection Firewall (ICF), or the name of the network workgroup has been entered incorrectly. All the computers on the network must be a part of the same workgroup to be visible to the other computers. How you connect to the internet and the network will determine whether ICF is needed, but as a general rule, if you connect through a Local Area Network (LAN) which uses a hardware router (i.e. LinkSys products) or a software router (i.e. Internet Connection Sharing) you do not want ICF enabled.

To disable Internet Connection Firewall:
Click [Start] [Control Panel] [Network and Internet Connections] [Network Connections]
Right click the LAN or High-Speed Internet connection and click [Properties]
On the Local Area Connection Properties sheet, select the [Advanced] tab.
Remove the checkmark from the box in the Internet Connection Firewall section and click [OK].

Test the network connection again to see if a connection is now possible. Once the connection has been established, I strongly suggest you visit GRC, a website owned by Steve Gibson, and run the Shields Up utility. It will test your connection and probe the ports on the computer to see if your computer is protected from outside intrusions. Read the rest of the Shields Up pages as well. They contain a wealth of information.

One popular misconception about disabling Internet Connection Firewall is that programs on your machine can call home without your knowledge or Trojan Horse programs can connect to outside machines without you being aware of the outbound traffic. The truth is, ICF protects only against inbound traffic and connections. It has no ability at all to monitor or guard against outbound traffic. To do this you need a third party firewall. A search of the internet will turn up many offerings, many free for non-commercial use. Zone Alarm, Symantec, and many other companies market excellent firewalls. The GRC site mentioned above has excellent information on firewalls also, well worth the time to read. I also suggest reading the following Knowledge Base Articles from Microsoft.<<ref: http://www.theeldergeek.com/quick_guide_to_simple_file_sharing.htm

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