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Using printer on more than one computer

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Hello all,
I have a conundrum I was wondering if you all could help me with.:confused::sarc:

I have an HP all in One printer attached by ethernet via a modem router to my desktop which is running Windows Vista Home Premium. Because I am using ethernet instead of USB directly connected to the desktop, I have lost some of the functionality of the printer, namely the lightscribe drive as I can only use the touchpad on the printer itself to print labels onto CD's. According to all that I can find on HP, you can only install the printer one way (USB or ethernet or wireless etc) on any one computer. To change the connection you must first uninstall the printer software.:p
I will say up front that I am not willing to uninstall/reinstall the printer software on my desktop. Apart from the lightscribe thing, the printer is flawless and works very well.:party:
I have also read of nightmare re-installs with this model software on the HP boards.:(


I am in the process of choosing a new laptop (Windows 7 of course!) and my question is this:
Can I install the HP software onto the laptop as a USB connection and use the printer both ways? I am planning on using the laptop wirelessly to my network to access the internet, but don't know if I can do that and connect with USB to a printer on the network which is already connected to it by ethernet.

Any thoughts?
Thank you in advance..:geek:
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 420
    CPU
    Intel (R) Core(TM) Quad 6600 @2.4GHz
    Memory
    4GB dual channel DDR2 667MHZ [4x 1024]
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX
    Sound Card
    Creative SB X-Fi
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic Dell PnP Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    2 500GB Hard drives in a RAID 1 Mirror configuration.
    Mouse
    Standard optical mouse
    Keyboard
    Standard USB QWERTY keyboard
    Internet Speed
    Actual 2.2 Mbps
    Other Info
    Connected to DSL internet via ethernet via Netgear DGN2000 modem router.
    Also connected via ethernet to HP 8180 All-in-One Photosmart printer.
    19-in1 card reader and 1 DVD and 1 DVD RW drives

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