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Printer sharing on Windows XP Professional & Home network

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Printer sharing does not work unless I disable the Windows firewall on the WinXP Professional PC that has the printer connected.
Setup:
WinXP professional SP3 with local printer which is SHARED. Firewall has "File and Printer sharing" box ticked under the Exceptions tab.
WinXP SP2 and SP3 home computers on the same WORKGROUP with Windows firewall enable can only print to the SHARED printer on the WinXP professional PC when the firewall on the PC with the printer is turned OFF!!

All computers have the "File and Printer sharing" option ticked in the Windows firewall setup under exceptions.
Thanks, Jos.
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by:carlsiy
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check the security tab. check if all users are allowed printing options
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by:MrJemson
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What type of printer is it?

If the printer uses some form of print manager software, add that to the program exceptions list on the firewall.
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carlsiy: Yes, all users are allowed printing.
Mr Jemson:
It's a Canon MP800 multi function printer, copier, scanner and it has indeed a printer module/processor which shows #pages, allows printing to be canceled, etc.
Where can I find that program, I looked on the installed program list but could not find any program relating to the MP800.
In PrinterProperties/Advanced tab there is a Print Processor specified, that's probably the one I need but where is it located so I can add it to the Windows Firewall?
Thanks, Jos.
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If it uses MP Navigator, the program path for MP Navigator on a Canon MP600 is:
C:\Program Files\Canon\MP Navigator 3.0\mpn30.exe

Try adding that to the firewall if it exists on your system.
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Thank you, now it WORKS with the firewall ON!!
However it was not the MP navigator or any other .exe file in the Canon program-files BUT rundll32.exe, which is a Windows process.
I found this by pulling the paper out of the printer so that it would complain that it could not print, then with TaksManager I found the process responsible for the message, added it to the firewall exception list and voila got it working!!
Strange thing is that on my old PC, which was WinXP Home, I did not have to do this, just FileAndPrinter sharing enabled on the firewall exception was enough to be able to print over the network. Not so with WinXP Professional apparently.
Anyway, thanks for your help!!
Jos.
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by:jossmeele
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see my last message for how I solved it.
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Thanks for the points!
Good to see you got it solved!
Great detective work :-) Well done!
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