Cannot connect to Windows XP Pro shared printer

From: Mike J

I have a XP Pro PC on my home network and trying to connect a Lexmark X 215 printer that is shared out of the XP Pro machine.  I connect with a new laptop Windows Vista Home Premium Dell XPS M1530.  The rest of the network works fine - shared files, folders, Internet access, etc.

The message that I get when I try to connect, it's that Windows cannot connect to the printer.  Access is denied.

Any thoughts?

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From: Alan Morris [MSFT]

Open a command window on the Windows Vista computer type

dir \\xpmachine\print$

2008-02-01 16:29

color

2008-01-16 12:55

w32x86

21/07/2006 17:42

WIN40

2007-10-05 11:29

x 64

You should see a similar directory structure.  If it returns access denied, you need to enable read on the share permissions of $ print XP which is the default configuration.

If you have not run the network configuration wizard XP make sure you run this tool.

Yes, something has changed the security settings on the print sharing $.

Since you're under XP Pro, you can reset it and allow all the world read access.  Do a right click my computer / manage / shared folders / sharing / right click $ Print properties/sharing permissions

Administrators and power users have full access to everything the world group should be there with read access.  I guess that the Everyone group is missing.

-Alan Morris

Windows printing team

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