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mgbgtgrimm

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I got my Toshiba laptop running again but IT wiped out my hard drive and put me back to square one. I now have the laptop accessing the internet via my Linksys and desktop. Now how do I get the laptop to be able to send something to the printer which is connected to the desktop? It used to before but that was all set up buy the people I bought the laptop from.:confused:
 

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I'm not at all sure what you have or what you are asking, so I'll answer this question: with multiple computers, at least one with Windows XP, accessing the internet through a router how do I enable file and printer sharing? Ignore the following answer is that's not what you have or are asking.

Run the Network Setup wizard (found in Control Panel of XP). Tell it each of your computers connects to the internet via "residential gateway" and that you want to enable file and printer sharing. Create a disk at the end only if you have a Windows PC other than XP or 2k Pro.

Windows XP firewall (if SP2) will be properly configured by the wizard. You must uninstall or properly configure any 3rd party firewalls on each machine. Unique computer names and same workgroup, of course.

The Shared Documents folder is automatically shared. Any other folders (or drives) or printers you want to share, just right click on them and sharing ... . When sharing a printer, accept the offer to load other drivers if your other PCs have different Operating System(s).

When you first go into My Network Places there will be nothing there. The first time you click on 'View Workgroup computers' will probably result in great disappointment. It takes awhile (20 minutes or so) before all the computers in the workgroup get up-to-date and accurate lists of the other computers. Often you can speed up this process via Search for other computers.

When computers show up in My Network Places, double click on one to see its shares. If that includes a printer, you can right click on the printer to connect to it.
 

mgbgtgrimm

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Both computers are running W-XP Home Edition Service pack 2. I list the upstairs as having W-XP Pro because the chap that built it told me that was what he installed but Belarc Advisor says no it is only W-XP Home Edition. My cable modem is attached to upstairs and also the LINKSYS is attached to upstairs. Basement is no long hooked up as it crashed big time so threw it away. I saved the drives because one is high speed and is only about 9mos old and cost $186 installed thinking maybe I could install it into the upstairs computer. I have printed your instructions from upstairs desktop and will attempt to follow them. will report back.
 
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