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Sharing a local printer over the network

I'm using two Windows Vista 32 bit machines, and I have a HP LaserJet 1012 attached via USB to one machine. The printer works fine on the machine that it is physically connected to. I have turned on network sharing for the printer. I have tried to open the computer's shared resources from my other computer, which indeed shows me the printer. However, when I try to access that printer in any way from the remote computer, I get an error message that says "Operation could not be completed (0x00000709) . Make sure that you have typed the name correctly, and that the printer is connected to a network."

Both the computer and the printer are turned on and ready to go. Both computers are connected to the network. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
Fletcher Burdine
Fletcher Burdine
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This seems to be a pretty common problem, and has various solutions.
Perhaps you could try the following:
- Turn on UAC (if it is turned off)
- Install the driver from the printer on the remote machine as well
- Connect to your remote computer using Name and not IP
- Make sure the driver is installed before trying this: go to Control Panel. Choose printer. Then choose Add Printer.
Choose "Add a local printer". Click on Create a new port. The default in
the drop down box is Local Port. Do not change that. Click Next.
A dialogue box will appear asking for you to enter a port name.
Type in the \\computer name\printer name ie. "\\mydesktop\HP1012" and hit Enter or Click OK.

Hope this gets you on your way!
The LaserJet 1012 is a cheap, relatively unintelligent, 'host-based' printer (alternatively known as a 'GDI' or 'Windows' printer).

I don't think that HP (or any other manufacturer, come to that) supports 'host-based' devices as 'shared' devices (due to the method used to print to such devices).

Having said that, some people appear to have had some success by turning off 'bi-directional support', but this seems to be very hit-or-miss.
Fletcher BurdineTableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
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