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I would like computer B to be able to use my computer's local printer.
I have the printer set up to be shared, and indeed I have got it working on computer B, but only after I have logged in to my computer from computer B.
I don't want the people using computer B to be logged in as administrator to my computer for obvious reasons.
Is there some account I can add to the printer's permissions list that will allow computer B to see it? I tried adding 'Network' but that didn't do anything.
I have also tried creating a Guest account on my computer and putting that in the printer's permissions list, and that worked fine except that I don't know how to get it to automatically reconnect when computer B restarts.
And it should be noted that computer B does not have "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer" checked, so it boots right in to Windows without a login screen. That's not something I am really at liberty to change.
You have to use LPR/LPD or TCP/IP printing. This is an old Unix protocol, but still works very efficiently on Windows.
To redirect a printer to a TCP/IP print queue, you can go to the printer options page, select the ports map and press the Add Port.. button. There you select the "Standard TCP/IP Port" and follow the wizard. The printer name is the share name of the printer on the other computer.
On Windows NT 4.0, You first had to install the service for the LPR/LPD printing service and than change the start settings to automatic. I don't know how this is in Windows 2000 because I never tried it on this OS. Maybe the service is built in and already started, or you might need a third party driver.
The previous steps have loaded the service, but it is started manual, so the next time you start your computer the print server won't work! This is a small joke from Microsoft I think. In Windows NT there was the same problem.