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I have two Windows 7 computers on a HomeGroup. I am on "Computer A" and need to access a printer connected to "Computer B". On Computer A, the HomeGroup panel tells me that it found a new shared printer on my home network and provides a button to "Install printer". However, when I click on it, nothing happens... Any ideas?


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Try adding the printer manually using the drivers that came on the CD or off the OEM's website. – Scott McClenning Jan 9 '10 at 6:03
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This Microsoft article might help: Install a printer on a home network.
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To manually connect to a homegroup printer

  1. On the computer the printer is physically connected to, click the Start button and then click Control Panel. In the search box, type homegroup, and then click HomeGroup.
  2. Make sure the Printers check box is selected. (If not, select it, and then click Save changes.)
  3. Go to the computer you want to print from.
  4. Open HomeGroup by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, typing homegroup in the search box, and then clicking HomeGroup.
  5. Click Install printer.
  6. If you don't already have a driver installed for the printer, click Install driver in the dialog box that appears.
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This is exactly what I have tried. The "Install printer" button itself will not click (it is active, but it won't click). – jchapa Jan 9 '10 at 17:27
Is there a mismatch between the machines as regarding 32/64-bits ? – harrymc Jan 9 '10 at 18:35
Computer A is Windows 7 Professional 32 bit, and Computer B is Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit. – jchapa Jan 9 '10 at 21:13
Try to connect A directly to the printer. Then convert the created local printer to a network printer as described here :… – harrymc Jan 10 '10 at 9:18

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