Enabling "network discovery" on PC

I have a Windows 7  home premium 64 bit, Hp laptop Dv6,
How do you enable  "network discovery"? I'm having trouble with a Canon PIXMA  MX850 wireless networking printer being recognized by my  PC laptops- no problem with the Mac's. I have updated drivers 3 times and the problem persists.
Thank you in advance for your knowledge and effort.
Charles NickersonCustomer Service Retention SpecialistAsked:
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John HurstConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If your printer is wireless then (just to be sure) it is not plugged in with a USB cable.

Go to the printer setup (on the printer) and change it to a static IP on your network. So if your network is 192.168.1.100 and up in general, set the printer to 192.168.1.12 (say). Using static IP prevents the IP from changing (which it will do if DHCP).

Now go to a problem laptop and try to install the driver (Devices and Printers, Add a Printer). Set it up as local first (no test page) and then network it once installed.

Network Discovery can be enabled as noted above but does not really play a role here.

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TomislavjSystem AdminCommented:
can't you find it in -> Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced sharing settings
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Charles NickersonCustomer Service Retention SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your solution. I followed your instructions and the Discover Device found the printer, loaded the driver and printed successfully. Thank you for your help
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@c_nickerson - Thanks for the update and I was happy to help.

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