Windows 10 Printer Sharing Not Working

Windows 10 Printer Sharing Not Working

“Printer Sharing” is an awesome feature that helps you in sharing one printer with two or more computers that are connected to the same network. Setting up and using this feature is a straightforward and effortless process to perform. However, some users have reported that the “Windows 10 Printer Sharing Not Working”.

If you’re also facing this same problem, try the simple and quick troubleshooting methods given below to fix it.

Method 1: Uninstall the recent update

If you find that the printer sharing feature is not working on your Windows 10 computer after an update, then uninstall it to fix the problem. To do so, follow the below instructions.

  • Step 1:Open the Command Prompt application with admin rights.
  • Step 2:Now, type the following command “C:\Users\anyro>wusa/uninstall/kb:XXXXX” and tap Enter. (Note: In the above command, kb:XXXX is the update number).
  • Step 3:After running the above command successfully, restart your computer.

Now, use the printer sharing feature on your Windows 10 computer. If the same problem persists, try the next method.

Method 2: Reinstall the problematic printer

Remove the problematic printer from the printers’ list and reinstall it to fix the issue.

  • Step 1:Open the Settings screen.
  • Step 2:Select Devices > Printers & Scanners.
  • Step 3:Now, under the Printers & Scanners section, select the problematic printer and click the Remove device button below it.
  • Reinstall the problematic printer
  • Step 4:If prompted, restart your computer.
  • Step 5:After your computer restarts, open the Printers & Scanners screen and click the Add a printer or scanner option to reinstall the removed printer.

Now, check if the printer sharing feature is working on your Windows 10 computer. If not, try the next method.

Method 3: Modifying the printer sharing settings

  • Step 1:Open the Control Panel screen.
  • Step 2:Select Network and Sharing Center > Advanced Sharing Settings.
  • Step 3:Now, select the “Turn on file and printer sharing” option under the "File and printer sharing” section. And, select the “Turn on network discovery” option under the “Network discovery" section (if they are not selected).
  • Step 4:Click Save Changes.
  • Modifying the printer sharing settings
  • Step 5:Similarly, open the Windows Firewall window.
  • Step 6:Select the Allowed Apps option.
  • Step 7:Now, under the Allowed apps and features section, check if the File and Printer Sharing option is selected. If not, click the checkbox beside it to select it.
  • Windows 10 Printer Sharing Not Working
  • Step 8:Finally, click Save Changes.

Now, try to use the Printer Sharing feature. If it is not working again, try the next method.

Method 4: Enabling CopyFiles

If you’re using an HP printer, then try this method to fix the “printer sharing not working” problem on your Windows 10 computer.

  • Step 1:Open the Registry Editor (reg) window on your computer.
  • Step 2:Go to the following path “HK_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers.”
  • Step 3:Now, right-click anywhere in the blank area in the opened window.
  • Step 4:Select New > Key.
  • Step 5:Type “CopyFilesPolicy” in the given field.
  • Step 6:Now, open the Default file.
  • Step 7:Type the "1" value in the field named "Value data" and click OK.
Enabling CopyFiles

Method 5: Disable the security software

If you have enabled any security software on your computer, disable it temporarily and then try to use the printer sharing feature. Contact us if none of the methods fix the “windows 10 Printer sharing not working” problem on your computer.