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    Printing from W98

    Hi all. I wish to share a printer connected to my computer, which is running Windows 2000 Professional with another computer on my local LAN. That computer is running Windows 98. I've tried the help, the MS Knowledge Base and I'm coming up empty. 2000 is pretty new to me so I'm a bit clueless. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Re: Printing from W98

    Can you get this far? Open your Printers folder, right-click the printer you want to share, call up the Sharing dialog, share it with a Win9x-friendly (8 characters or less) name, and save the setting? If not, do you get an error message?
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    Re: Printing from W98

    Yes, I have the sharing set as normally you would have in 98. It's just when I look from the 98 computer I can't find the 2000 computer, or it wants a password. (And I have my 2000 machine set up with no password.)

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    Re: Printing from W98

    David, With an 'NT' based machine (i.e. NT, Win2k, WinXP), privileges are based on user id. SO, just sharing a device is not sufficient you must have a user account on the Win2k machine with the same id as used to logon to the Win98 machine. Also, the Win2k user must have access to the shared printer.

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    Re: Printing from W98

    I sort of thought that was it. What a load of crap! Unfortunately, I don't do a long in on the 2000 machine. I set it up with no password, and the 98 is the same. For home machines, it's a pain to have to log in. I wish there was a way around this. I think MS got a bit carried away with the complexity of the secure, yet SQL is still wide open, lol.

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    Re: Printing from W98

    David,
    You are still logging in on a Win2k machine even if you do not have a password. The user name establishes your indentity with the OS and the privileges that the user has. BTW, M$ never marketed Win2k as a consumer OS always as a business OS. XP being an NT based OS has the same approach although XP home version takes a simpler approach. <img src=/S/ranton.gif border=0 alt=ranton width=66 height=37> Also, SQL server can be made very secure if it is on a machine that is properly configured. Win2k server and the various server apps for it can be made very secure. The problem is that they are shipped wide open and most administrators do not take the time to learn about security and how to lock down the systems. Yes, M$ has had highly publicized security problems but so have other OSes. They just don't get the publicity. <img src=/S/rantoff.gif border=0 alt=rantoff width=66 height=37>

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    Re: Printing from W98

    I hear ya. In addition to my actual job, I do database design. I've never been in any business that had a clue about what their OS was doing. People open the boxes and hope it works. In my real business, in a town of 40,000 we keep trying to find networking folks that actually know how to make things work, and can't normally find them.

    I have 2000 because my son suddenly decided he needed it and bought it retail!!!!! It wouldn't work on his machine so I bought it from him. I actually do like it, and it's on my machine at work, although it is the only one in a group of 35 machines. (We'll have to upgrade at some point.)

    So, how to I ferret out what the user name is on each machine so I can make them match if I'm so inclined?

    Lot's of work so my 9 year old daughter can get to my printer, eh?

    Thanks for the help. Much appreciated.

    Dave

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    Re: Printing from W98

    On the 2K machine you can actvate the Guest account and then the Win98 machine can get to the 2k machine and printer. But make sure that you are running a firewall that you can control, like ZoneAlarm on both machines.

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    Re: Printing from W98

    The battle continues. I found the ID for the 2000 machine. I logged in to the 98 machine with that ID. It did then allow me to link to both of the printers attached to the 2000 machine. HOWEVER, when I tried to print, it said the network printer was no longer available. Any thoughts? It would have been cheaper to buy her her own printer by now, lol.

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    Dave

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