Well…. Vista… I have it on my new Dell pc.
It looks great, but Windows ME also looked great.
Windows Vista like Windows ME is far from a workable product.
But what was my problem exactly ?
I wanted to use my Windows XP shared printer (HP Laserjet 6L).
So I tried adding a new network printer.
I found it, I can see the properties…. but I cannot connect.
On my Windows XP machine, it says that everyone can use this shared printer.
Hell, even my Ubuntu laptop prints on this printer
But… Vista thinks it cannot ! It just refused to connect !
So.. the sollution =============================================
Go to Control Panel. Choose printer. Then choose Add Printer.
Choose Add a local printer. Click on Create a new port. The default in the drop down box is Local Port. Do not change that. Click Next.
A dialogue box will appear asking for you to enter a port name. Type in the computernameprintername ie. My computer’s name is “DeepSpaceNine” and the printer name is HPLaser6L so I typed in DeepSpaceNineHPLaser6L
Now… press cancel. (yes press cancel !)
Choose Add a local printer (what … again ? Yes again.. I told you this is a great workaround)
Press Next choose your just created new port.
Choose your printer from the list.
============================================= And Voila …. it works
Ain’t Vista great !