Printer Sharing Access Denied
How to share a printer and how to fix printer sharing problem when getting the error message "Access Denied".
Printers are computer peripheral devices that are used to take prints or physical copies of digital data stored in the computer. There are different types of printers like Dot matrix, Inkjet, Laser etc which utilize complex technologies to create high precision prints of data on various types of fed media. The new age printers and computers have good networking options that allow the users to share printers with multiple computers connected over a network. The users can choose between wired and Wireless connection options depending on the involved devices configuration and requirements. The easiest and most popular method of sharing a printer is by connecting the desired printer directly to a computer system which is called Host computer and sharing that connected printer with other computers that are connected with the host computer. This method enables multiple users to access and make use of the printer functionality and thus helps in enhancing overall productivity.
Discussed below are some steps which will guide the users to fix various issues while using shared printer.
- Check printer sharing settings
- Enable guest account
- Disable Firewall and reconfigure
Check printer sharing settings
The File and Printer sharing option in the host computer or the computer with which the printer is physically connected should be on, so that the printer could be accessed by the other computers on the network. The users are therefore advised to verify and turn on the 'File and Pinter' sharing option in the host computer as this will solve the access denied issue while trying to use a shared printer.
Enable guest account
The access denied problem with the shared printer might sometimes be due to the issues with user accounts of the host computer. The host computer must have a guest account and that must be set so as to enable access from other remote systems. The users should therefore add a 'Guest account' in the host computer and uncheck the deny access to this computer from a network for easy remote access. Restarting the system after saving these settings and reconfiguring the printer can also solve the denied access issue.
Disable Firewall and reconfigure
The Firewall in a computer might sometimes be set to block all connections or access requests, which will adversely affect the functionality of the printer sharing options in the system. So those users who have issues while accessing shared printer are advised to turn off the Firewalls on the host and remote systems and then reconfigure the printer after restarting the system. This will solve the denied access error and will enable the users to easily access and carry out operations on the shared printer.
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