I have one Windows XP Pro desktop and two Windows XP Pro laptops on a Linksys wireless network at home. The desktop is directly connected to the Linksys wireless router and an HP Printer, which is shared. It had been working for a couple of years, but now both wireless laptops can't access the desktop for printing and I get an "Access Denied" error. Despite this error, the desktop can still access resources on both laptops. I know that it is a permissions issue, but I don't know how to resume shared printing. File and print sharing is enabled on all machines and they are all on the same ip subnet. What should I do?
The first thing I would look into is user names and permissions. My wife has a laptop which runs Windows 2000 Workstation, and my machine is a Windows XP Professional computer which shares out a printer for our entire household. After I reinstalled XP on my machine, she couldn't print even though I had the printer shared out and ready. It turned out that she was logged in on her machine as Administrator, and there was a credentials conflict between our two machines. I set up a local user account for her under her name, created a limited-user account on my machine with the same username and password, and all is well. If something like this was suddenly failing, that might imply that user permissions on either the shared computer or the notebooks have gone awry.
Dig Deeper on Windows systems and network management
This week, our expert answers the question of how to get DVD data off a disc, even if the user's PC doesn't have an optical drive.
This week, our expert answers a question on how to connect a phone or tablet to a USB drive with a micro-USB connector.
Open source and free suites such as LibreOffice and OpenOffice could save organizations money, but not effort in comparison with Microsoft Office.