Connect HomeGroup shared printer with Surface RT

I have attached a Canon iP4920 printer to a Windows 8 Pro desktop in another room and configured it as networking shared via HomeGroup. My Surface RT is connected on the same WiFi network and HomeGroup already, but I can’t get it to working at all. The tablet definitely see the printer and can’t search any suitable driver by Windows Update.

* On your computer, type “printers” from Search bar, click Setting and select Devices and Printers. Right-click on the shared printer, select Properties. Go to Sharing tab, clcik Change Sharing Options > Share this printer > type a name and OK. You will get a link \\Win8-machine\Share-printer-name in the form.
* Go back to your Surface RT. Open the classic Control Panel, and go to Hardware and Sound > Advanced printer setup, and select “Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings” > Next.
* Tap Create a new port > Local Port > Next, and input \\Win8-machine\Share-printer-name to the Portname that is created in the first step. Tap OK, select the driver to load and you are able to print.

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  1. This worked for me, thanks. As a long-time Windows admin, I was surprised that it took this sort of set up to get this working. A member of a homegroup should have easily been able to add a shared printer without having to specify everything, especially since I just guessed the driver for my Brother 7065DN (I used the Brother Generic Laser Driver 2). Oh well, at least SOMEONE took the time to document a working solution; Microsoft couldn’t even do that.

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