Getting AirPrint to work on all network printers?

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    Hey gang,

    I trolling over at ModMyI, and came across this post from one of their members. My boss has been going buggy because he can't print from his iPad, so I've been keeping an eye out.

    Now, I'm not tech head, but if I follow this right, you can print to all networked printer this way from you iPad.

    Mac users go here:
    High Caffeine Content: Return AirPrint sharing to Mac OS X v10.6.5

    or

    AirPrint Hacktivator Netputing

    Win Users go here:
    How to Install AirPrint to Enable Wireless Printing on Windows? | Jaxov

    The original post from ModMyI is here.

    Hacktivate AirPrint on Mac, Windows Shared Printers

    I hope this helps! I'll be using it when I get my iPad (22 days & counting!)

    Hal
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    I was searching for this yesterday trying to help a new person with a particular printer. Information was hard to find.

    Good job, you came up with some good stuff.
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    I went by ModMyI and found their hack. Installed it and it works like a champ. It literally took 15 seconds and BAM now I can print from my iPad.
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    I'm really glad this helped you guys out. It's nice to be able to add to the knowledge datebase once and a while. :D

    I have a question for you though. Did you use the Mac exploit, or the Windows? I'll be using a WinXP machine with my iPad.

    Thanks!

    Hal
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    None of the iPads are able to print with their wifi the way that a laptop can?
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    I used the Windows one and it works great on my Win7 machine. The only XP machine I have left is a laptop which does not have a printer attached to it, but I think that as far as running the service it should be the same, you should be OK.

    Tom
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2010
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    They pulled the windows zip file from the site. Anyone know where else to get it??
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    Google is your friend.

    Tom
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    Ok, I got it and installed it. Ran into the issue where it asks for username and password for my computer (which I have never setup). In doing some research I found that if I turn on the Windows Guest Account and stop/restart the AirPrint service it works.

    However, I also came across some posts that stated you should never turn on the Guest Account (I assume for security reasons) and that this should be accomplished through the printer preferences security section...although I have had no success with that.

    Anyone have ideas on this one?
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    No, I enabled the guest account on mine, I am paranoid about security but I think I have my home network secure enough that it should not be an issue. Having said that if you do come accross a workaround please let me know. Thanks.

    Tom
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    Here is what I found (and worked)...may not be much different than the Guest account but adds one more layer of security with password:

    If you get a box asking for a username and password, this HAS to be a local account on the PC/Server that your sharing the printer from NOT a Domain account.

    • I had no luck with using the Guest account, so to make things easier, I created a new account (Right Click My Computer > Manage > Local Users & Groups > Users) called 'print' (Username & Password both 'print')
    • You may need to make sure that the newly created account has 'print' privelages to your shared printer (Check this within the properties of your shared printer > Security tab). If not, add the user.
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    Thanks for the update.


    Tom
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    tdub4,

    While I realize google is my friend, could you please post where you found the windows files? I'd like to d/l it so I can put it aside for later (ie, Dec. 26.... :D)

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    Ok guys I installed AirPrint and it works fine but I have a canon mg6120 and now the application easy photo print from canon for the iPad and iPhone can't detect my printer... It's a hit or miss... Sometimes it works sometimes it doesnt... Before installing AirPrint it use to work fine... How can I remove the AirPrint hack? Using windows vista 64 bit...
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    Just to test it, open up your task manager and stop airprint.exe from running and then see if your easy photo print app works as it used to.

    Tom
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    Thanks! My iPad recognises my printer now, though I haven't tested it yet.
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    Hey thanks boobie... It seems to work when both of my laptops are off (Mac and windows) as soon as I open one of them it's hit or miss(specially with the vista) I'm gonna have to take off AirPrint from my windows laptop... Not simple as printopia for Mac... All you have to do is remove it from the preference pane With vista I can't delete the AirPrint file... It says I have to get a permission do delete it :-(
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    Unfortunately you are not finished yet, the script (hack) you ran created a service in windows. If you do not disable the service everytime you restart windows airprint will restart. You will need to go into services in control panel and locate the airprint service and disable it. If airprint is running you must stop it before you will be allowed to delete it. Shut it down in task manager first and then try to remove it, but you should also disable the service.


    Tom
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2010
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    Wow I don't know what happened but I boot up my vista laptop and when straight to the AirPrint folder took it dumped it in the trash and it finally worked it didn't asked for any permission... That's weird... I was trying to delete this folder for the pass 3hours and i couldn't... Right after that I checked in the task manager and didn't see any airprint.exe.. It's finally gone!!! Now each time I launch easy photo print from my iPad or iPhone it connects instantly!! I'll just wait for the official thing lol!! Thank you for your help b00bie!!! It's great I didn't have to wait 4 days to get a reply... Really thanks again b00bie!!
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    Ya gotta love Windows:D Glad I could help. Steve says the real thing is coming any day now.........


    Tom

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