I can't print to a shared printer in Vista Home Basic. All PC's in the network
are Vista, are set up correctly, have the same workgroup, have password
protected sharing turned off, etc.
I can see the printer on the network and can even double click on it, but when I
try printing to it, it just doesn't print! Only printing from the host PC works,
not from any network clients.
A simple google search tells me I'm certainly not alone. Wow, who would have
thought that such a simple thing like setting up a shared printer would be
causing so much trouble?
I've set up the share as a local port in the Add Printer dialog, and it still
doesn't work. I haven't yet set up the share as LPTn with "net use" - I plan to
try that next.
I've seen Drompa's post here:
and a reference to it here
regarding setting file and share permissions on the spool folder.
I tried doing that, and it worked from an administrator account (as a matter of
fact, about 15 seconds after I exited the permissions dialog, the network job
started to print all by itself). But apparently it doesn't work from a standard
account. Unless I fiddle around with the permissions some more.
My question is this:
What is Microsoft's "official" stance on Drompa's post? Why should it be
necessary to manually set permissions on a network share? Doesn't a _network
share_ imply that the permissions are set up properly by the operating system?
I can't understand why something so simple on XP is such a royal pain on
Vista... and like I said, a simple Google search shows I'm not alone...
Anyone from Microsoft care to address this issue?