davidb2
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Can't share Mac printer with Windows in VMWare Fusion 11

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With VMWare Fusion 11 (macOS 10.13.6) running either Windows 7 or 10, I am no longer able to print to my Brother MFC printer. (The printer does not appear as a choice in the Windows print dialog.)

In VMWare Fusion > Virtual Machine > Settings > Printer I have "Share printers with Windows" checked.

I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling the Brother software.

I would be very grateful for a solution.

Thank you,

David

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Parveen1988
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Hi,

Two questions:

1. The printer is a Network printer or a USB printer?

2. With Fusion 11, the Thin-Print services are no longer part of VMware tools, so did you install Virtual Printer?

In any case, after installing Virtual Printer, your printer should be available in Windows side.

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Parveen1988
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Hi,

Two questions:

1. The printer is a Network printer or a USB printer?

2. With Fusion 11, the Thin-Print services are no longer part of VMware tools, so did you install Virtual Printer?

In any case, after installing Virtual Printer, your printer should be available in Windows side.

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davidb2
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Hi @FedEx-20,

Sorry for the long delay in my reply.

Thank you for the tip about installing Virtual Printer -- that did it. (In case it matters, the printer is connected to my computer via WiFi. I'm not sure if that means it is a USB printer or a network one.)

David

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LTChuong
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I have the same problem after upgrading to fusion 11 from fusion 10.  I can't seem to print on my brothers MFC Printer that's connected via wifi on my MacBook Pro 16.

I've installed VM tools several times and then tried clicking on the install "virtual printer". It does nothing when I click on install virtual printer.  Any help is much appreciated as this has gotten way to frustrating.

thank you.

L.T.

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scott28tt
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I see you resolved your issue: Can't print after install fusion 11.


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QuietSoft
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Clicking on Virtual Machine-->Install Virtual Printer just loads the virtual printer installer .exe in the D:\ drive inside the Windows guest OS with only an audible indication that anything happened.  You then have to run the installer.  The documentation could be improved to clarify this step.

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jgbrownlaw
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Wait, what?  I'm having the exact same problem.  Run the installer?  From where?  From Windows?  or VMWare?  Or Mac?  Where is it?  What installer?

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rich1000
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It took me a second to figure it out.

As mentioned, in VMWare Fusion Menu (on your mac) with your Windows VM booted up, go to: Virtual Machine > Install Virtual Printer.

In Windows a dialogue will pop up saying to install the virtual printer software from Drive 😧

Just click the Open Folder to View Files. You should see a Virtual-Printer-1.1.xx Application there that you can then run. It'll run the installer in Windows and then ask you to reboot. Once that happens, the Printer shows up again and works in Windows.

Obviously ensure that your printer on your Mac is selected and tested to work correctly first.

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