Wireless router hardwired to Win 7 desktop

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RMCC - Feb 23, 2010 at 07:50 PM
xpcman Posts 19532 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 - Feb 23, 2010 at 10:56 PM
Hello,

I have a new Dell XPS 8100 desktop running Windows 7. I replaced a desktop running Windows XP with this system. My wireless router is hardwired to the new desktop running win 7. I have a dell inspiron 8600 laptop computer that accesses this system through a wireless connection, it is running windows xp. I have not had any problems connecting to the internet, however i cannot access my printers which are connected to the desktop and are working fine. I have attempted to search for new printers on my laptop several times after trying to get windows 7 to share the printers through the network but thus far have not been successful. Does anyone have any suggestions for getting xp to find the printers through my network? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

RMCC

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xpcman Posts 19532 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 1,830
Feb 23, 2010 at 10:56 PM
Did you set up Homegroup for networking in Windows 7?

Homegroup only works with Windows 7 computers and will not talk to your XP computer.
If so, you will need to change the networking system to one that XP can use.

On your Windows 7 computer:

* Click the Start button at the bottom left of the screen,
* Then go to the Control Panel and choose Network and Sharing Center.
* Click the link under "view your active networks" (if you've set up a Homegroup, the link should say "home network").
* In the next window choose "Work network" that will switch you from a Homegroup to a workgroup so your two computers can talk to each other.


Before you can network the computers, you must assign the same workgroup name to both of them and SHARE folders in Explorer.
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