Here is the situation. Got two computers, A and B. Both running Windows XP Professional SP3.
I installed the drivers of a wireless printer on A (HP Photosmart 5525 e-All-in-One). I added it to A's list of printers, and shared it on the network.
On computer B I added this shared printer.
Problem: when I start both computers, a minute after they boot, process svchost.exe hogs 100% of CPU. If I ended it manually, everything goes back to normal, it doesn't start again. If I don't stop it, they become unusable. I used Process Explorer to inspect the services of the process, and all I recall is seeing things related to the internet and network communications.
Here's what I tried:
- Set printer's IP address to "static" (IDK what is the benefit of doing this, but HP said it was a good idea...)
- Removed drivers
- Disconnected printer from power
- Restored both computers (!!) to a point where the printer wasn't even there
.. and I'm out of ideas, the problem won't go away.
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