Windows FAQ

How does one print from a Windows computer?

The samba server on provides access to printers.  To use this method, you will need an astronomy samba account (contact Bill Boyd to get one).

Windows 7 Home Premium:
  1. Go to "Start," type "regedit.exe" and run it, clicking "yes" when prompted
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa
  3. Right click to add a DWORD registry value in Lsa named "LmCompatibilityLevel," and set the value to 2
  4. Go to "Start" again, type "cmd.exe" and run it
  5. In the command prompt, type "start \\\[printer_queue_name]" and enter. If you receive a "Network not found" error, you may have to connect to  through an ethernet cable instead of AirBears2.   For a list of printer queue names, see the printer table.
  6.  You may be asked to choose a driver. In that case, select the driver that corresponds with your printer model and click "Ok". If the model does not appear in the list, you can download it from the HP website
  7. When prompted, enter your Samba username and password (if you don't have one, ask Bill for an account)
  8. Go to "Start" and type "Add a printer" to add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer. Select "the printer I want isn't listed"
  9. Click on "Select a shared printer by name" and type in your printer name "\\\queue_name"
  10. If you are asked to select a driver again, do so
  11. Name your printer or just give it the default name, and click next. At this point, you should be able to successfully print a test page
In Windows 7 Professional/Ultimate:
  1. Go to "Start," then type and run "secpol.msc"
  2. Go to "Local Policies" -> "Security Options" -> "Network Security: LAN Manager authentication level"
  3. Change to "LM and NTLM - use NTLMV2 session security if negotiated"
  4. Press OK
  5. Follow the instructions for Windows 7 Home Premium, beginning from step 4.