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sharing printers across users

I have XP Media Center Edition.

I added another user, but the new user does not have access to the printers that are defined to the main account. No printers are defined under the new user account.

I hesitate to define the printer under the new account, because then *two* printers would be defined (even though they are *one* physical printer), and there could be lockouts from conflicts. I assume that network printer sharing is not the appropriate appoach for users on the same computer.

- David

What to you suggest?

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Let's cover the basics.

In reply to: sharing printers across users

You say the first account works. That first account likely has a NAME. Let's call it the first user. On the server that serves up the printer there should be an account for "first" to give them permission to use the printer.

Now you add a new user to the machine. Let's call that the "second" user. Did you get an account setup fro "second" on the server?

Many forget this basic item.

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Printer setup

In reply to: Let's cover the basics.


Thanks for your reply. The print server is not a PC. It is a pocket print server device. It does not need individual accounts assigned to it.

The printer is defined to the PC as a *local* printer, on an LPR port. Not as a network printer.

There are several accounts on the computer that do have access the printer. This latest one does not. When I get home I will check to see if the difference between accounts is administrator rights vs. restricted. I would hope that one does not need admin rights in order to use the computer's printer.

- David

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