“The RPC server is unavailable” and “Access is denied” in Windows Printer Sharing

I really don’t like system administration.

I ran into an odd issue today with Windows Printer Sharing. My parents have a desktop with a USB-connected printer, as well as a laptop. I could connect the laptop to the shared printer just fine and print to it. However, whenever I would restart the laptop, I would get “The RPC server is unavailable” or “Access is denied” when trying to print again. After a lot of searching and checking the typical firewall and services settings, I discovered that the computers were simply in different workgroups. Once I changed the workgroup on the laptop to match the desktop, things worked perfectly.

Thought I’d post this in case anyone else on the Interweb has the same issue.

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2 thoughts on ““The RPC server is unavailable” and “Access is denied” in Windows Printer Sharing

  1. nhang nho

    Tks for your post. I had tried to star and stop many service on system, install many program… but the problem stop when read you post

    Reply

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