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Can't connect to a printer shared on a XP home edition printer.

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I have a XP home pc that I am trying to share out an epson C86 printer. I am able to map shared network drives from this XP home pc to my xp pro laptop. And the xp pro laptop can see the shared printer but when I try to connect to it(\\ipaddress of host pc\printer name) I am asked to input a username and password. I input the administrator user name and password to the XP home computer and I get an error. " Windows can not connect to the printer. Either the printer name was typed incorrectly, or the specified printer has lost it's connection to the server" I have both of my firewalls turned off. I can print locally to the printer. Do I have to have the printers setup on a workgroup to share the printer?
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Hi cmushaun,

do you have matching accounts on each machine? you will need identical accounts eg  user james pw james on both machines

make sure in your printer share properties that the user james has access to it
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