Accessing a shared printer on an XP home network

By rodangib ·
I have trouble sharing a usb printer installed on an XP professional SP3 box (which I will refer to as HostPC) and accessing it from other XP pro sp3 computers on my home network.

My 3 PCs can access the internet through the adsl router, all wired and each assigned a static IP address and can ping each other, and can be viewed at the command prompt when typing the 'net view' command. The workgroup is visible from all PCs when I browse to Network Places but the problem is that from the other PCs I can't access HostPC. The other PCs can get into each other's system no problem.

On the other PCs the error message I get when I try to enter the HostPC thru the network places is: "\\HostPC is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator....."

I am logged on as the "administrator" on every PC. The HostPC has File and Printer sharing enabled and doesn't have any administrator password setup. Everything seems to be enabled for ease of sharing and communication between the PCs. Firewalls were disabled too but no success either.

Any ideas much appreciated.


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See the host?

by dpalsen In reply to Accessing a shared printe ...

Can you see the host PC in your network neighborhood, and from there, can you install the printer by that method? Windows isn't really designed around a command prompt setup any longer, and if the GUI doesn't show the host PC, the others can't see it.

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by clarkd038 In reply to See the host?

In the properties for the network device you are using on the PC that you are trying to share the printer Turn on File and Printer Sharing by clicking the check mark next to it.

Hope that helps let me know.

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