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W7 Network Problem


onthelimit1
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My main PC is Windows 7 pro, with a USB connected Brother printer. My other, is an XP machine working through homeplugs in the workshop. I had set this up to be networked and printing to the Brother printer was fine. It suddenly stopped printing – looking at the W7 Control Panel, Network and Sharing centre, Change Advanced Sharing settings, it is set to Turn Off Network Discovery and Turn Off File and Printer Sharing. I can click ‘turn on’ and then ‘save Changes’, but when I go back to check they’re both at Off again.

Google seems to suggest a repair install of the OS. Wondering if anyone has other thoughts before I do that.

Thanks.

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Oops, try this Link.

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onthelimit1

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Thanks - I'll give it a go after a couple of large ones!

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Right - repair install went with no problems (just the desktop picture changed - everything else is as it was). I can now share printer and files again, so must be down to a festering virus.

Thanks to all.

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For info - had a popup today saying windows wasn't activated (despite everything seeming to go OK when I keyed in the COA during the repair install). Used the suggested phone activation which went without a hitch.

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