How to set up Network Printer on PC with Windows® Vista®
Having issues when connecting network printer to Windows Vista? Find out how to solve them.
Windows Vista is one of the new generation operating systems from Microsoft. This OS is ideal for all kinds of users as it comes packed with many advanced features such as Windows Defender, Windows Aero, Windows Gadgets and also has excellent networking capabilities. Many external devices can be also connected and used with Windows Vista. This includes printers. Printers are devices essential for taking hard copies of work done on computers. Network printers are those printers that are connected to a series of computers via a computer network. Network printers enable users to take prints from the system even if the printer is not close to the connected system. Network printers can be easily connected and configured to Windows Vista systems. Network printers can be set up using the 'Printer set-up' option in the 'Control panel'. Although setting up network printers on Windows Vista is fairly simple, there are some issues that might come up. These include printer not connecting to network, error messages during connection, connection getting terminated, printer showing offline etc. When connecting network printer to your Windows Vista system, users must ensure that the connection is enabled through a firewall.
Following details mentioned below gives users more information regarding tips to fix issues when setting up network printer to Windows Vista:
- Check drivers
- Check network/security settings
- Printer services and system issues
Verify authenticity of driver
Problems when setting up network printer to Windows Vista system might be because of issues with the printer/network drivers installed on the system. Drivers are essential for the printer as well as the network card to communicate with the Windows Vista OS and problems with the drivers would directly affect the functioning of the printers. If the printer or network drivers installed on the system are found incompatible or illegitimate or outdated, they would have to be replaced with suitable ones to solve the issues.
Check network/security settings
There are many network related settings on Windows Vista OS. If these settings (such as access points) have not been configured properly, the network printer would not be able to connect to the system or network to complete the set-up. Users also have to check the settings of security software or firewall to ensure that they are permitted to allow the connections between the printer and the system network.
Errors within the network printer service or issues within the system can also cause problems when setting up network printer. All Windows Vista users facing problems when setting up network printer are advised to disable and then enable the printer service to clear off errors. Windows Vista users must also check the integrity of the system files on the OS and repair the OS if some files are found damaged.
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