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Windows Cannot Connect To The Printer. Access is Denied. Windows Vista

In Windows Vista, you may get an “Access is denied” message when trying to connect to a network printer. In this guide, you’ll learn a workaround to help resolve this issue.

Fixing the “Access is denied” Error

I tried adding the network printer as a local printer and it worked, so here is my solution.

  1. Press Start and click Control Panel
  2. Click on Printer, which is under the Hardware and Sound category
  3. Click on Add a printer from the top menu
  4. Select Add a Local Printer
  5. Select Create a New Port and the type as Local Port. Click Next.
  6. In the Port Name box, type the network path of the printer (i.e. computerprintername). Press Next.
  7. Find your printer or locate the drivers via Windows Update or the printer’s CD. Click Next. Click Finish.
  8. The printer will now install
    Windows Cannot Connect To The Printer. Access is Denied. Windows Vista 2

The printer will now work for you. Check by printing a test page.



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  • John Reese

    I fixed this problem by setting up home server using spare computer and load with MS Home Server. Now I can share my printers with any OS including Unix and Mac. Plus home server will backup your files to the server during the night. Down side is cost of OS, I found a copy on Ebay with shipping under $80.00. I received unopen package.

  • John Reese

    I fixed this problem by setting up home server using spare computer and load with MS Home Server. Now I can share my printers with any OS including Unix and Mac. Plus home server will backup your files to the server during the night. Down side is cost of OS, I found a copy on Ebay with shipping under $80.00. I received unopen package.

  • John Reese

    I fixed this problem by setting up home server using spare computer and load with MS Home Server. Now I can share my printers with any OS including Unix and Mac. Plus home server will backup your files to the server during the night. Down side is cost of OS, I found a copy on Ebay with shipping under $80.00. I received unopen package.

  • Guest

    First poste I came across that actualy works, Thanxs

  • Mccasa

    I dont get this fix becasue when you click on Add a printer from the top menu I gt the access denied error and cant even get to the part where you choose local or net work printer, so this is a wash.

  • DaveH

    Thanks, your post fixed my problem although mine was slightly different. I have 5 computers on my home network so I have two routers and each router has its own local IP address subnet. (i.e. one router has addresses 192.168.2.x and the other 192.168.10.x) The printer is connected to a WinXP computer which is connected to the router that is closest to the Internet cable modem. And my Win7 computer is connected via wireless to the other router. My Win7 computer could not see the printer on the other router during printer discovery and kept giving me the “access denied” when I tried to force-route the computer name by using its IP address of the WinXP computer rather than its computer name. But when I added the printer as a local printer, as you described above, and used the IP address of my WinXP computer as the computer name in the local port name (i.e. \192.168.2.81printer_share_name Win7 found the printer and installed it. The fact that it could not find it when I used the same name but as a network attached printer seems like a Win7 bug but if this is working I can live with it.

    Dave

    • Glad its working (even if you had to use a workaround!)

  • Dizydi

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! AFTER 2 DAYS OF STRUGLLING YOU SOLVED MY PROBLEM IN TWO MINUTES!

  • Raj

    Thnks …Its realy work…100 Stars..:)


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