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Printer Setup

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I need a little help with this.
i have a work laptop, setup as a domain user. What i want to do is take my laptop home and be able to print to the printer connected to my home PC via USB. the home pc is set up on a workgroup. how would i go about doing this.
the laptop connects to my home lan via wireless.

Help me please
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I do this with my printer connected to my Home Computer upstairs and I have my computer in my room.

You just right click on the printer from your Home PC and do like printer preferences or printer sharing and share it on your network. Then on your laptop you can just go to network places and double click on the printer and it will install the driver on your laptop and you can now print.


To share the printer, I opened the Printers and Faxes folder on the computer that was connected to my printer.

To open the Printers and Faxes folder

Click Start and then click Control Panel.

Click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Printers and Faxes.

In the Printers and Faxes folder, I clicked the printer's icon and, in the tasks pane, I clicked Share This Printer.

I opened the printer's Properties dialog box, and clicked on the Sharing tab.

I clicked Share Name, and then clicked OK.

That's it-the printer was immediately available for other computers to use.

Now that I had a network printer, I was ready to connect to it and print from other computers on the network.

To connect to the printer

I opened Control Panel, and clicked Printers and Other Hardware.

I clicked Add a Printer.

Instead of adding a local printer, though, I clicked Printer Connection and then browsed the network for the printer.

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Since you're not part of the workgroup that your home PC is setup to use you won't be able to hit the printer. You can change your laptop to be part of that workgroup (MSHOME by default) but that'll remove the domain stuff. You'd then have to re-join the domain once you got back to work, and you must have domain admin credentials to do this. If you're good to go in that regard, just right click my computer, properties, computer name, Click change, and specify the workgroup name.
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