How to Connect Wireless Printer to Windows® XP® Operated PC
Windows XP from Microsoft has many features such as network/printer set-up wizard, disk cleaning utilities and the OS is very simple to use. Many external devices can be connected to your Windows XP system and this includes printers. Printers are computer peripheral devices essential for taking printouts or hard copies of work done on the system. They are essential for working in an office environment. Printers are of many different types and they are classified according to the type of prints they produce and the manufacturer. Some of the common types of printers include LED printers, LCD printers, all-in one printer, inkjet printers and so on. Printers can be also classified into two: wired and wireless. Wireless printers are the most popular as they do not require any wires or cables and prints can be produced even if the system is not close to the printer. Printers can be easily set up and configured using the printer set-up wizard in your Windows XP system. The wireless printer for your Windows XP system might have also come with software for the printer and users would have to also install that.
- Check/update drivers
- Configure firewall
- Create restore point
All computer hardware require drivers to function. Drivers are the communicating link between the printer and the Windows XP Operating System and without correct drivers, the printer would not understand what functions to invoke and when to do it. All Windows XP users connecting their systems to wireless printers are advised to check the printer/wireless drivers that are installed on the PC and update them so that the printer would work flawlessly and at maximum possible efficiency.
When connecting your Windows XP system to wireless printers, it is recommended that users configure the firewall on the system. The firewall must be configured to allow access to the wireless printers. If the firewall is not turned or incorrectly configured malware infections or hackers within the wireless network range might be able to gain access to the system. Incorrect firewall settings would also cause errors when the wireless printer is trying to communicate with the system.
Windows XP users connecting or setting up wireless printers on their systems are advised to create a restore point prior to the process. This should be done as a precautionary measure. In case some issues such as blue screen errors or system errors do come up with system after connecting the printer, system can be easily restored to ideal working condition.
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