How to share printer between Windows® 7 and Windows® XP®
What is the need to share printers between computers operating on Windows 7 and Windows XP? What are the benefits of sharing printers?
To share printer, first make sure that the printer on the Windows XP machine is shared which you can do this by right clicking on the 'Printer' and choosing 'Sharing'. Now click the 'Share this printer' radio button and give your printer a share name. Make sure you can see the printer share from the network browsing area in Windows 7. You can do this by going to 'Control Panel' and clicking on 'Network and Internet'. Then, you need to click on 'View network computers and devices' under 'Network and Sharing Center'. At this point, you can see the name of your Windows XP system in the list of computers. Now double-click on the computer name and you should see your shared printer in the list. Here you may try to add the printer by right-clicking on it and choosing 'Connect'. If everything works fine Windows 7 should automatically add the printer to your set of printers.
The advantage of printer sharing tips to share printer between computers operating on Windows 7 and Windows XP are discussed below:
- Need for sharing
- Benefits of sharing
- Tips to share
Need for sharing
You can share your printer installed in your Windows XP based computer with the other computers with Windows 7, which are connected to your network or computer. Sharing of the printer helps you and the other people of the connected network to make use of the same printer to give print tasks.
Benefits of sharing
The major benefit of sharing the printer with the other computers in the network is that, the other computers can make use of the same printer for giving the prints and you don’t need to buy one printer each for all your computer and it saves a lot of your money. By sharing the printer in the network helps the other computers in the network to directly give print tasks using your Internet connection. There is no need to use any removable medias for the same purpose.
For doing this click on the 'Start', then on the 'Printers and Faxes', then right click on the icon of the printer installed in your computer and select the 'Properties'. You can access the 'Sharing' tab and click 'Ok'. You can install the printer on each of your other computers in the network by opening the 'Printers and Faxes' window, click on the 'Add Printer' to bring up the printer installation wizard, then click on the 'Next' and highlight the network printer option, click and browse for printer. Now click and select 'Next 'and browse to the computer where the printer resides and double-click the computer and highlight the printer before clicking 'Next' and 'Finish'.
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