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How To Share A Printer On A Network In Windows XP

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#1 Rimmer


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Posted 06 February 2006 - 08:04 PM

Sharing a Printer in Windows XP.

Guide Overview

The purpose of this guide is to show you how to share a printer, directly connected to one computer, with other computers on a network.

Select and Share the Printer

This procedure is only required on the computer to which the printer is connected. The printer must be properly installed and working and 'file and printer sharing' must be enabled:
  • Open the Control Panel from the 'Start' menu and click on 'Printers and Faxes'.
  • If you have more than one printer, select the printer that you want to share.

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  • In the 'Printer Tasks' sidebar click 'Share this printer'- a printer 'Properties' window will open at the 'Sharing' tab. If you do not have the sidebar right click on the printer and choose 'Properties' from the menu that appears.

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  • Select 'Share this printer' and give it a 'Share name' if you wish.
  • If the printer is to be shared with computers running different versions of Windows click the 'Additional Drivers' button, a new dialog box will open where you can select drivers to be made available for a range of Windows versions. You may be asked to load the driver CD supplied with the printer to install these additional drivers.

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  • Click 'Apply' then 'OK' to close the printer Properties window.
The printer icon will change to include a hand to show it is being shared.

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Once the printer is shared on your network users in your workgroup will be able to add that printer to their system by using the 'Add Printer wizard' from the Control Panel and selecting a network printer.

Edited by Grinler, 17 April 2012 - 09:56 AM.

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 10:46 AM

Thanks thats very helpfull!!!! :huh:
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Posted 29 March 2007 - 11:16 PM


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Posted 05 April 2011 - 09:42 PM

I want to share a printer that is hosted by an XP machine with a Win7 machine. When "asked to load the driver CD supplied with the printer" how do I proceed? Because the printer is pretty old and doesn't have Win7 drivers on it so I woulld have to download the drivers from the manufacturers site. At that point how do I make available the drivers that are in an .exe file and not on a cd? Will I just have to install the drivers on the Win7 machine manually while having the printer hooked up to it?

I know this is an old thread but hpoefully this is still beiing monitored

Edited by Wait_What?, 05 April 2011 - 09:43 PM.

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 11:02 PM

Welcome to BC, Wait_What?.
I suggest you start a new topic in the External Hardware forum, to discuss this issue.
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Posted 01 June 2011 - 05:59 AM


This is phani how to connect the Richo printer on network through ip?


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