My main PC is Windows 7 pro, with a USB connected Brother printer. My other, is an XP machine working through homeplugs in the workshop. I had set this up to be networked and printing to the Brother printer was fine. It suddenly stopped printing – looking at the W7 Control Panel, Network and Sharing centre, Change Advanced Sharing settings, it is set to Turn Off Network Discovery and Turn Off File and Printer Sharing. I can click ‘turn on’ and then ‘save Changes’, but when I go back to check they’re both at Off again.
Google seems to suggest a repair install of the OS. Wondering if anyone has other thoughts before I do that.
For info - had a popup today saying windows wasn't activated (despite everything seeming to go OK when I keyed in the COA during the repair install). Used the suggested phone activation which went without a hitch.