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File/printer sharing between mac and vista

I have a MacBook and HP Desktop running Vista. I'd like to be able to share the printer attached to the Vista desktop so I can print from the MacBook wirelessly - if possible. Despite turning on printer sharing in Vista, I can't seem to get the Mac to find the printer (or the desktop) at all. I have an HP Officejet 6210xi and my router is a D-Link DI-524. Any help would be great.

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  • tlyberg Nov 30, 2008

    same problem. Macbook Pro upgraded to Leopard and now can't access a shared printer on a vista desktop



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I just now figured out a way to do this.

Just to recap - This is the problem:
Printer is hooked up to Vista PC and I'm trying to print from my MacBook Pro with Leopard.

Before doing this, be sure to check that the exceptions on your firewall are set to enable "File and Printer Sharing".

1) Go to the Vista PC as the administrator user and find the Network and Sharing Center in your Control Panel.
2) You want to turn on everything under Sharing and Discovery EXCEPT for Password protected sharing.
3) You can now close this screen and go to Printers (also in the Control Panel)
4) Find the printer you want to share, and right-click.
5) Click "Sharing"
6) You want to enable this printer to be shared on the network.
7) Click Apply and OK.
8) Go to your Mac and install the software for your printer driver on the mac. If you don't have the software, you can search the website of the vendor (aka HP, Lexmark, Samsung) to find the driver that is right for you.
9) If you allowed sharing correctly, you can go to finder and see that the vista computer will be in your sidebar.
10) Close the finder window and open up System Preferences. Select Print and Fax.
11) In the toolbar, you'll find an option for "Windows". Click it.
12) The workgroup from the Vista PC should show up. Click it and follow the hiearchy down to the printer.
13) At this point, you'll probably be prompted to use put in your mac password. Do that.
14) Seach for your newly installed printer driver in the popup window (matches up with the make and model of your printer). Hit continue and follow the directions.

15) If all goes well, then happy printing. :) If not, I would download Network Magic.

I just put this up because I just figured it out after 4 hours... and it's FREE. :)

Posted on Oct 14, 2008

  • shoquarr Oct 14, 2008

    corrections:
    The File and Printer Sharing exceptions are only necessary on the computer that is directly attached to the printer. In this case, the Vista PC.

    add after (10):
    Press the "+" button to add a printer.




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The easiest solution is a product called Network Magic. It will handle the set up for you on both machines. It costs a few bucks, but it will fix this specific problem.

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