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    I recently caved and purchased a Win7 Home Premium 64 workstation. All my other workgroup terminals/laptops are either Win2k SP4+ or WinXP SP3 that have been working very well together over wired/wireless connections, including connected printers (in particular a Canon MP780 MFP connected via USB to a Win2K workstation). I had to get a Win7 WS because newer software releases (in particular TurboTax) just are not being released in versions compatible with older OSs -- not surprising. Otherwise I'm happy to stick with what works and what I know.

    Here's my problem: I went to the Canon site and downloaded their latest drivers for my old printers in the Win7HP64 variety. Gratefully they were there! I have successfully connected my CanonMP780 to the new Win7 WS using a direct connect USB port, but I'll be %)*&ed if I can get it to work over my workgroup connection (Homegroup disabled because I have no other Win7 devices) with all my other connected devices. I've searched high and low for an answer to no avail. I made the recommended registry change adding a DWORD LmCompatabilityLevel value (1), I altered the working USB port descriptor to connect via the TCP/IP address of the Win2K print server, I altered the working USB destination to connect via TCP/IP to the hostname of the \\[Server]\[PrinterName], all, again, with no success. When I then revert to the direct USB connection, it's OK and I can print from the Win7HP64 terminal. But no workgroup connection! BTW, all other terminal devices are visible and file accessible in the workgroup -- just not the printers!

    It's no surprise why I am so reluctant to upgrade to Microsoft's latest "advances" in operating systems when they make it this hard to maintain good working productivity on MS networks that otherwise work just fine, thank you very much. This is a completely unnecessary PITA.

    Can anyone help? Please! TIA a lot.

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    What, if any, error messages are you receiving? Check out this from the How-To Geek and see if any of the suggestions will help.

    JB

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    Did you install the printer on the Win7 WS as if you were going to use it there? It sounds like you did but I'm just verifying. There it works fine from what I read, but then when you move the printer back to the W2k server its a no go?
    You worded another part a little odd too but again I think you did the right thing. When you say you altered the working USB destination to connect via TCP/IP to the hostname...you mean you just altered the printer port on the Win7 WS from USB-1 to the network pathname of the shared network printer?

    If the above two are correct, that should have worked. unless; I haven't heard of any registry alteration, and its a W2K system, and I don't know if that is compatible with Win 7. Seems like it should be but I know of stranger things than that!

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