Network Share Suddenly Asks for Username and Password.
Posted on 2008-02-06
Need help with a network share disconnect issue.
We have some workstations running Windows XP Pro SP2. They are connecting to a printer on another Windows XP SP2 computer working as a peer-to-peer server, and can normally use the printer fine.
But suddenly and without warning, and with no detectable pattern, the printer on the workstation will go from status of READY to status of ACCESS DENIED. And users cannot print from the workstation, instead getting an error that the printer is not installed.
If I delete the printer on the workstation and try to reinstall, I am asked for a username and password to connect to the printer on the peer-to-peer server. There is none, that printer server is using simple file sharing.
If I reboot the workstation INSTEAD OF deleting the printer and trying to re-add it, the problem is gone.
Any thoughts on what might be happening?