16 replies on How to Install a Windows 7 or 8 Network Shared Printer in Mac OS X

  1. Rui Ferreira says:

    Help OS10.4

    Congratulations for the article.

    I’m trying to do the same thing as explained above, but in a Mac OS10.4.

    The problem is that it doesn’t work (I can add the printer, but the queu stops everytime I try to print).

    Can you please help me?

    Thanks in advance and best regards,


  2. Hope This Helps says:

    I made this work. These are the ‘Gotchas’ that I hit…

    1) The Share Name on the Windows needs to be fairly short, I finnally went with 8 Charaters and it worked, but what is most important is NO spaces, NO special characters; Alpha – Numeric only to be safe.

    2) I have an older HP Laser Jet, the Windows Driver didn’t want to work, the Gutenprint one works great!!!

    Hope this helps, Good Luck!!!

  3. Mohammed Khalid says:

    Thanks a lot for help,

    I my case after configuring, Printer status was showing printed, but nothing was coming out from printer, So i added Hp P1102 Printer driver, then i worked fine.

  4. MAS says:

    I have never been happier to see a document be printed in my life hehehe
    Great work-around…performed beautifully in my situation!!

  5. jeuby says:

    Thanks for the article. I’m still having some issues after following the steps here. Can you help?

    I have both the print queue windows open (on mac and on pc). With the HP driver, the queue on the mac says that it’s “copying print data”. I wait a couple of minutes then it says that the “remote host did not accept data file”. Nothing ever appears on the pc print queue.

    I downloaded the drivers from Gutenprint, but there is not one for my model of printer, so I tried picking something close. The print goes through according to the mac print queue, and a job shows up on the pc print queue, but it gets an error. Under the “size” column, the file apparently stopped uploading about 1/4 of the way through.

    I swapped out the driver for a Generic PostScript Printer, and I get the same results as above with a Gutenprint driver.

    My printer is a HP Deskjet 3845. The driver I used when plugged directly in the mac is a HP Deskjet 3840, which works. The mac is running Snow Leopard. The pc is running Windows 7. I’ve printed remotely from another pc running Windows Vista successfully to the same host Windows 7 pc.

  6. D.Astroboy says:

    Hi, got through every steps, installed the printer driver on mac, added the network printer using the ldp:// command. but initially it denied finding the windows pc. later it did. now i print a job, the print queue window opens and says “hold for authentication” and sometimes it asks me to use a registered user or appleid. please help

  7. sabrina says:

    I have a MBP and I’m trying to print on a Canon MP830, linked to a windows 7 PC. I tried everything, including the instructions above, nothing works. I thought it could be Mountain Lion OS fault, but I tried the same thing on another older macbook that has Snow Leopard, and it did not work either. So I guess it must be a Windows problem. I also updated the printer drivers from Canon website, with no result. I see all the computers shared in Finder, but I can’t connect to any PC. Oh, I don’t know what else can I do…

  8. Tran says:

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I’ve read through so many articles and yours is the one that is most clear and succeeded in providing me with the solution I was looking for. Again, THANK YOU.

  9. Chris says:

    When my HP Deskjet D1420 printer is connected directly to the MAC it will print from MAC, it will also print from my Win7 when connected to the MAC.

    When it is connected direct to Win7 it will print but it wont print from MAC.
    It says it prints & spools but does nothing, goes nowhere. It shows the printer port as being USB001.
    It will jam the printer till I drop the power and fire it up again.
    It wouldn’t be an issue but I had to move the MAC.
    Mac is now wireless and Win7 is hard wired.

    I am a little frustrated seeing as it worked one way but not the other.
    what box am I not checking…or unchecking/

    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      Remove it from the MAC, once you move the printer to Windows 7. Uninstall the printer completely, then install it again as a network printer.

      If it says the port is USB001, it means it tries to use it as a local printer, not a network printer.

  10. jason says:

    when I do this and I print it waits for authentication, once I authenticate, it states “ready to print” and I cant do anything from there.

  11. Sam says:

    Asks for password to print, whatever i try doesn’t work, not even my admin and password on my windows 7 computer, then goes to print queue on MBP and stays there saying Hold for Authentication. Used to work on same macbook ages ago before I gave it to my parents and updated to Yosemite. I am the only one with admin rights on the MBP and Windows PC. Used to work now doesn’t. I’m on same network and work group, shared on windows pc, prints from all other pcs in the house.

  12. Sam says:

    Figured it out. You got to type “guest” and “guest” for username and password. How stupid. Apple is shit!

  13. ahsan says:

    No doubt, Windows 7 Professional 64bit is a Pro version of Microsoft, Which has all recommended functions, So you can install it with low specs of your system, As you can see; 1GB Processor, 512mb Ram and 8Gb HDD is required to install Windows 7 Professional, But with these low specs, Your system will not slow, If you’re not using any apps, which required high specs.
    Microsoft released many new OS, But Still I’m using it and suggest for others to install with its legal license, Which you can buy cheap at ODosta Store.
    Using Boot into UEFI mode or legacy BIOS-compatibility mode when installing Windows from your USB, DVD, or network location, You’ll have full command to use it after having a legal version.
    Legal OS for windows or MAc will be full & functional with Microsoft updates and make your data safe and sound. Hope to understand.

  14. scar says:

    there is an error it say ‘invalid printer name” and it pauses..

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