Setting up of Printer in Windows® XP®
What are the different ways to set up printer in Windows XP system?
Printer is a device which gives the printout of text or graphics of the documents stored in electronic form. Printer is a hardware component attached to your system using a printer cable. Users with multiple computers might share the printer over the network for saving cost and for their convenience. Printers with built-in network interfaces known as network printers. Printers accept text and graphic documents from a computer and transfers the information to paper. The size, speed, cost, accuracy and clarity might vary from one printer to another. Impact and non-impact printers are two types of personal computer printers. Users are capable to connect some advanced printers through an electronic media such as memory cards, or to devices such as digital cameras, scanners.
Following points give information about the tips to set up a printer in Windows XP:
- Tips to set up printer
- Network printer
- Things to keep in mind
Tips to set up printer
Click on the 'Start' button at the left most corner of your system and then click on the 'Control Panel'. Then, you need to double-click on the icon 'printers' or 'printers and faxes'. Then, you need to double-click on the 'Add a printer' icon. Then right-click on the 'Printer' icon and click on the 'Properties' if you have a printer already installed on your system. In the Properties of the Window, you could see a 'Sharing' tab and make sure that the printer is shared.
There are certain types of printer called high-end printers which are capable of connecting directly to a network. The hardware installed in them enables it to connect to the network. The printer supporting this option and has the necessary hardware to enable you connect the printer directly to the network. When connecting these printers to the network, it is necessary to enter the network information such as, the networks gateway, printer IP etc.
Before sharing the printer with Windows XP, you need to keep in mind certain things. You need to ensure the Windows File and Printer Sharing services are enabled on your computer before starting this process. The host computer needs to be connected to the local network. Ensure the power is on for accessing the shared printer by other devices.
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