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     cyberSAR 3 weeks, 3 days ago.

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    • #344734 Reply

      Cthru
      AskWoody Plus

      My W7 PC is hardwired to a printer and the router for our home network. The printer is an HP 1320 B&W Laserjet. I need to share the printer with a W10 laptop on the network. About two years ago, when the laptop was bought, I got the laptop connected to our homegroup, which also originates at the W7 PC, but the laptop owner did something, or an update did.

      W10 can’t find the printer and the 1320 is too old to be listed. I downloaded the driver from HP but I don’t think it installed properly; it started but then disappeared with no completion dialogue. I’m not having luck with the original driver disc either.

      I have looked for other instructions on the web but seem to find only how to proceed after W10 finds the printer.

      Please help. Thank you.

    • #344787 Reply

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      You need to set up W7 to share the printer, then W10 should be able to see it and connect. W10 should load the drivers for you, no need to download anything.
      https://www.dummies.com/computers/pcs/how-to-share-your-pcs-printer-in-windows-7/

      cheers, Paul

    • #344803 Reply

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      My W7 PC is hardwired to a printer and the router for our home network. The printer is an HP 1320 B&W Laserjet. I need to share the printer with a W10 laptop on the network.

      With the HP 1320 connected via ethernet to your router the W10 laptop should be able to use it either via ethernet or wirelessly via the router.

      Note that the W10 laptop may need the updated HP Universal PCL5 driver for 64-bit Windows available from HP’s FTP site. Have a look at the YouTube video showing the installation under W10 for more info.

      Hope this helps…

    • #344838 Reply

      Cthru
      AskWoody Plus

      I’m not versed in network connectivity.

      Thanks, everyone.

      As I said, the printer is plugged into the PC (W7). The PC has the hard-wired. Internet connection. The W10 laptop connects via wifi from the router connected to the PC.

      The PC has a homegroup set up, which previously allowed the laptop to print. I had to recreate the homegroup after a W7 reinstall on the PC, but the laptop no longer finds the printer at all, and homegroups, I understand, are no longer a feature in W10.

      If I install the Universal driver on the laptop, will that somehow allow the laptop to find the printer?

      Thanks.

    • #344871 Reply

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      Sorry I misunderstood – I didn’t realise the printer was only connected to the W7 PC

      This article by Walter Glenn describes how to share your printer in W7 (without using Homegroup) then find it as a shared printer from W10 (again, without using Homegroup).

      Hope this helps…

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    • #344880 Reply

      cyberSAR
      AskWoody Plus

      You’re going to have to sghare the printer as in a normal network file and printer sharing.

      https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4091368/windows-10-homegroup-removed

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