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Sharing Printers between Mac & Windows7

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I have a home network with a printer connected directly to a Windows 7 machine, via usb.  On that same network is a Mac, running Snow Leopard.  I want to share this printer with the Mac, wirelessly.  The Windows 7 machine has Norton Internet Security running on it.  I can ping the machines, both ways.  Sharing for the printer is turned on for the PC.  The workgroups are the same on both computers.
The problem is that I can not share the printer.  In fact, from the Mac, I can't see anything on the Windows7 machine, not even the shared folders.  I am using the correct passwords when I try to share, but I'm not seeing anything on the Windows 7 machine.  Both machines are able to get on the internet, no problem.
I have done this several times before between a Mac and Windows XP.
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On the Windows 7 PC (that Printer is Shared From):

1) In Windows 7 Control Panel
2) Select "Programs and Features"
3) Click "Turn Windows Features on or off"
4) Click on the "LPD Print Service". Under "Print and Document Services"
5) Ensure printer(s) is shared (use a share name with no spaces!)

On the Mac:

1) Open "System Preferences" - "Print & Fax"
2) Click "+" to add a printer
3) Right click anywhere on the tool bar and select "Customize Toolbar" then drag the "Advanced" button to the toolbar
4) Select "Advanced"
5) In the "Type:" field select "LPD/LPR Host or Printer"
6) In the "URL:" field enter lpd://Windows7IPAddress/PrinterShareName; (e.g., lpd://192.168.1.99/HPF4280) Make sure there are no spaces in your printer's share name. The IP address is the address of your PC, the one assigned by your router. It might be best if you assign the Windows 7 PC a static IP address.
7) In the "Print Using" drop-down list: Select your printer's software from the driver list (e.g., HP Deskjet F4200 Series). If your printer isn't listed or things don't work select "Generic Postscript Printer" instead (Not all printers are postscript printers though).
8) Click the "Add" button

This should work! If not, post back with any issues you are experiencing with this fix.

Regards,

Kody
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Thank you for copying and pasting that from the link for easy reference!
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I didn't even visit that link, I actually found it on someone's blog out on the internet during a google search. Someone must have done the same to that Technet forum. :)
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wow LOL. I guess it's popular! It's written well ;)
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I will try it when I go to the clients house.  Thanks.
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I think me and kody should have points split somehow.
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