Is there a way to remove the requirement Windows 7 has to have the firewall enabled to add a shared printer to the computer?
Start > [type in] Windows Firewall with Advanced Security > [enter] > Actions > New Rule > (under rule type) Predefined Rules > * File and printer sharing * > Next > Check all the boxes you want > Next > Allow the Connection > finish.
Note: When you add a program to the list of allowed programs in a firewall you allow a particular program to send information to or from your computer through the firewall. Allowing a program to communicate through a firewall (sometimes called unblocking) is like opening a tiny door in the firewall. Each time you allow a program to communicate through a firewall, your computer becomes a bit less secure. The more allowed programs your firewall has, the more opportunities there are for hackers or malicious software to use one of those openings to spread a worm, access your files, or use your computer to spread malicious software to others. To help decrease your security risk: Only allow a program when you really need to, and remove programs from the list of allowed programs that you no longer need. Never allow a program that you do not recognize to communicate through the firewall.