AirPrint on Windows, silly password prompts

Regarding AirPrint on a Windows, I followed the instructions on this article; however if you prefer a less hands-on process you may want to go for an installer, made by TadGhostal.

In both cases make sure that you have iTunes 10.1 or newer, your printer is network shared, and your computer and device are on the same network. Your computer will need to be on for AirPrint to work, obviously.

I ran into a problem when it got down to actually tapping the printer button on my iPad. It prompted me for a login. I don’t have logins; I hate having to wait for the login screen when I start up my laptop, instead of being able to start it up and go about my morning and then settling down being able to launch Firefox straight away. Going into Network and Sharing Center > Advanced Sharing Settings and selecting “Turn off password protected sharing” did not work. I tried blank passwords, nope.

So I tried fiddling around in regedit and gpedit. The two methods I’ve found are:

In regedit:

Run regedit.exe from the Start Menu search
Go to: Local machine > System > CurrentControlSet > Services > lanmanserver > Parameters
Create, or edit, the multi string NullSessionShares: add print$ to the key.

In gpedit.msc

Run gpedit.msc from the Start Menu search
Go to : Computer Configuration >Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options
Set “Network access: Let Everyone permissions apply to anonymous users” to Enabled.

Nothing worked. In the end I opted for creating a password for myself, and then disabling the password prompt at start up.

Hit Win+R and run “control userpasswords2” without the quotes. Uncheck the first checkbox that says “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.” Viola.

I managed to print Le Cygne, solo piano version from my iPad, and I don’t get passwords prompts at start up.

Update: Alternative for iOS 5