Can I share a printer on my Onecare PC with a PC not in the circle? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am running Onecare on my PC. I want to share the printer with other PCs that are "guests" on the home network. For example my work PC, my wife's work PC, my daughters PC when she visits. They all will be connected on my WiFi network. My daughter 's PC runs Onecare but a different subscription. The work PCs do not.






    Tuesday, September 16, 2008 1:39 PM


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  • nick2006,


    Thank you for contacting the OneCare program forum.


    Printer sharing for OneCare can only be used between the pc hubs that are connected by the OneCare circle.


    You can add your work PC and your wife's work PC (for example) to your subscription by adding those pc's as pc hubs

    and sharing the printer that way.  But because there are up to three computers per subscription, the fourth machine, your daughter's (say for example) will need to be individually configured to use that printer through OneCare should you choose this route.


    How printers are shared in a Windows Live OneCare circle:



    Alternatively, you can find other ways to share your network printer


    How to configure a network printer in Vista:



    How to configure a network printer using Windows XP:



    I hope this helps,


    Lori MS”



    Friday, September 19, 2008 4:32 PM
  • Loris MS: "Printer sharing for OneCare can only be used between the pc hubs that are connected by the OneCare circle"

    This is not what happens in my case.

    I have a router connecting to 3 pcs:

    pc1 (xp home, SP2) +printer
    pc2 (xp prof, SP2)
    pc3 (vista, connected thru wireless)

    I have oneCare installed on pc1 and pc2 but not pc3. But my pc3 is able to print on the printer on pc1.

    Weird thing is, originally pc2 was able to print before installing OneCare. After OneCare installation, it is now unable to print. The OneCare on pc2 can browse and find the printer on pc1, and renders it as 'available", but when tries to print on it, it causes "access denied" error. 

    Friday, October 17, 2008 9:23 PM
  • It sounds as if you are using Windows printer sharing and the OneCare firewall is blocking it from functioning. Try the following on the host PC (where the printer is attached) and the PC that can't currently print to that printer.

    Open OneCare on each of the computers.

    Click Change Settings

    On the firewall tab, click configure firewall

    If the network is shown as Public, click Change Location to change it to "Home or Work."

    Click the Advanced Settings button

    Click Network connections tab.

    If there are multiple active connections shown, you may need to disable the extras in your Windows network connections settings. (Network and Sharing Center, manage connections, in Vista; Right click My Network Places and select Properties on the Start menu in XP)

    On the Ports and Protocols tab, add a check mark next to File and Printer Sharing - for subnet and Internet if the first setting alone (after all of the above are verified) does not allow Sharing to work.

    If all of the above fail, please contact support.

    How to reach support (FAQ) - http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsOneCare/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2421771&SiteID=2




    Thursday, October 23, 2008 3:52 PM