Unable to see the default printer after installing SP2

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The following question was sumbitted to SearchWindowsSecurity.com by a user: I have an XP computer that I installed SP2 on, and now I am unable to see the default printer on the network. I have uninstalled it and reinstalled it, and it is not visible. Any suggestions?
ASKED: October 14, 2004  12:50 PM
UPDATED: October 14, 2004  10:40 PM

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First, disable windows firewall by going to security center in Control Panel and clicking on windows firewall. Restart and attempt to print again. If you cannot print, check to see that file and print sharing is checked in the exceptions box. I know these sound unrelated, but sometimes this works. Do you print through a print server, a shared printer on another users computer, or through Active Directory?

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    SP2 enable Windows Firewall by default, and there's option to enable the file and printer sharing. If you're using network printer then the file and printer sharing service must be allowed to pass through wherever the subnet of the printer reside. When you open security center and goto Firewall section there's exception tab, which you can configure to/from where file and printer sharing service is allowed. If you don't need the windows firewall, just disable it. hope it helps
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