I only come here when Im in trouble now. Sorry guys.
I have a Windows 7 machine that has a USB printer attached to it. It is a shared printer and other Windows 7 machines can see and print to it quite happily. And then came in the new employee with a brand windows 10 machine. Why I have to suffer with this old machine is another issue, but we have tried to share this (old) printer with the Windows 10 machine. The machine can see the printer when you go to install it, but when you say to it "please do install this nice bit of old kit" and you stroke it oh so tenderly it says that the printer cannot be found - even though it found it in the previous step.
What am I doing wrong please?
I really appreciate thank you messages as a payment for solving issues :o)
Its possible I have 1/2 resolved this - the network sharing was switched off on the Windows 10 machine, but now it comes up with a different error when finishing the installation - "the printer driver cannot connect to the network print server ..." . I have turned off the firewall and still the same message happens. BUT it says the printer is installed. When we try to print a test page from it everything seems ok, even with the firewall turned back on again, but printing real documents fails.
I finally found the problem. One tiny setting was set to enabled. I have no idea why, but disabling it resolved the issue. But I am sure I need to have the print service running on the client PC. Perhaps Windows 10 gets that wrong as well.
Anyway, all solved now. It must be beer time. Cheers guys.