Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Upgraded to Vista SP2 and can no longer share printers [Solved]

Upgraded to Vista SP2 and can no longer share printers

I just upgraded to Vista SP2 (from Vista SP1+).  Prior to the upgrade, I had some printers configured to be shared.  After the upgrade, I could not access the printers via the share names.  Went into the printer properties (with Admin permissions) and
turned off sharing, then attempted to turn sharing back on.  Was greeted with an error "Printer settings could not be saved.
Operation could not be completed (error 0x0000007a).

Any ideas about what is causing this error and how to fix or work around it?

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Thanks for the advice and I'll reference it for the future.  It turns out that after an extra reboot, the sharing process suddenly started working again.

  1. Access the files on your computer via MY COMPUTER
  2. Under the C: drive, access the WINDOWS folder
  3. Select the SOFTWARE DISTRIBUTION folder, followed by the DOWNLOAD folder.
  4. Delete any files within this download folder.
  5. If you are unable to delete these files, open the command prompt (CMD) as the administrator, and type "net stop wuauserv" into the CMD prompt window. Press ENTER. This should allow you to delete the files from step 4.
  6. Once the files are deleted, open and run the CMD as the administrator and type "wuauclt.exe /updatenow". Press ENTER.

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