Process to enable printer sharing on Windows® XP®
What is printer sharing? What are the advantages of printer sharing on Windows XP?
A printer is an electronic device which is used to get printouts. Printers are classified into two types, wired printers and wireless printers. Printers are again classified according to the technology behind printing - they are dot matrix printers, inkjet printer, thermal printer and laser printers. Sharing a printer is usually done in small home and business network. To share a printer with every computer, you need to install a device driver for the printer. You need to install a compatible device driver for your printer otherwise you might not be able to take printouts. You need to ensure the operation of a printer driver if you have any trouble with printing.
Way to share a printer and the ways to enable printer sharing and its advantages are discussed below:
- Ways to share a printer
- Share a printer
Ways to share a printer
To set-up printer sharing on your home network you need to configure the printer options from the Control Panel of Windows XP. You will get a menu after right-clicking the 'Printer' icon present on the Control Panel. From this, you need to select the 'Sharing' option. You need to check whether the enabled printer sharing option on network card properties is enabled. To connect a printer on the network, you need to set an IP address for your printer.
Share a printer
Sharing a printer is the process of connecting a printer to one or more computers. You can share your printer with various computers in your home or business firm. You can use any type of printer to share, like wireless or wired printers. Sharing a printer eliminates the cost of installing a printer to each computer in your home or office. Printer sharing works when any printer is set as a shared printer over the network. All computers connected to a network can access the printer.
You can get a number of benefits if you share your printer with computers on your home network. If you share your printer on the network, you can take printouts from all computers at home which share your printer. Both Windows XP and Windows 7 Operating Systems support printer sharing.
iYogi is the fastest growing online and remote tech support provider in the direct-to-consumers and small businesses sector. Our highly skilled and experienced tech experts available, 24x7x365 will provide the best issue resolution and customer satisfaction. Our award winning and low priced Annual Subscription covers the following services:
- Comprehensive support to enable printer sharing on Windows XP
- Diagnostic & repair for your technologies.
- Troubleshoot software errors.
- Update drivers and security to protect against online threats.
- Connect to Internet, devices and peripherals.
- Optimize your computer’s speed and performance.
Unlimited access to great tech support, all year around! We promise the lowest wait-time and highest resolution rate in the industry.