Posted 12 April 2009 - 09:49 AM
You don't need any hardware, turn the printer on and make sure its ready.
On the computer the printer is connected to, "XP pro" open printer and fax,
Click Start> printer and fax, then right click on the icon for the printer, click on properties. Now click on the sharing tab, click on the line starting "if you understand the security risks..........." A small window will open, click "ok" allowing it to run the wizard to enable printer sharing following the prompts. At the "select a connection method" prompt use the default setting (center dot is tic'd). Name the computer, use anything you like, for example "Print sever" or "main office" whatever you like will due.
Workgroup, using the default is fine, just make sure both computers are on the same workgroup, (Using the default will ensure they are).
The circle for "Turn on file and print sharing", that's what you want.
Let the wizard run, next window tic the circle for "Just finish the wizard, I don't need to run the wizard on other computers" and hit next again. Then finish in the next window.
Now the printer share window will be on the screen, tic the circle for "share this printer" and name the printer. Again you can use the default name given if you want or pick something else. Click apply then Ok closing the window.
Now go to the computer running XP home and right click on the taskbar, click on "properties" then the "start menu" tab and then the "Customize" button then the "advanced" tab. Now scroll down the list to "My network places" and tic the box.
Click "ok" then "apply" to exit out saving the changes.
Now click on Start> My network places, click on "view workgroup computers" (left side of window). Now click on the icon for the XP pro computer, now click on the icon for the shared printer you set up on the xp pro computer, you will see it list by name.
A small window will open, "you are abut to connect to a printer.............." click on "yes" It will install the drivers for the printer, the printer queue will open.
Click on "Printer" then "Properties" then the "Print test page" button.
It should print the page showing you did successfully install it as a shared printer.
If you have trouble let us know, it sounds like a lot all wrote out like that but is very simple to do.