Printer Sharing in Microsoft® Windows® Vista®
What are the ways to enable printer sharing in Windows Vista?
Printer is one of the most important devices in an office. By setting a printer to the network it can be used by all the computers in the specified network. According to the network you can opt from wired or wireless printer. If you want to share a printer you must configure it with the network and also install the drives in your host machine. In order to set a network printer you can have two options, you can directly attach that printer to the network or you can use the printer attached to a computer in the network. You can share a printer in an office network or at home network under the Windows Vista Operating System.
Some of the advantages of sharing a printer in a network and the ways to share printer in Windows Vista are given below:
- Printer sharing in Windows Vista
A network printer can be used by any devices in the network at any time. It will reduce the cost of the networking and cabling. The cost setting a network printer is too low than setting printers for each individual machines. Highly productive and efficient network printers are available which can handle huge amount of data in a minimum time. You can enjoy increased freedom using a shared printer. One can print the commands from any where in the network. It saves the space and is suitable for an office environment.
Printer sharing in Windows Vista
In order to share a printer attached to your computer, you can select Network and Sharing Centre from the control panel. By clicking an arrow near the printer sharing you can turn on the printer sharing option. However, you should not forget to apply the settings. You can also set passwords for sharing a printer. To print using a shared printer type // + name of the computer in which printer is attached and search it. You can see the printers attached with the computer in the opening folder. By double clicking in the printer icon the printer driver automatically installs into your system and you can select this printer when ever you want print a document..
You should note that the Work group name in Vista is WORKGROUP where it was MSHOME in XP. Instead of Shared folder in Windows XP, Windows Vista uses Public folder. The printer sharing in Windows Vista consist of the network location type, printer and file sharing options and the workbook name.
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