Shared Printers in Windows® XP
What are shared printers and how it could be used in Windows XP?
A printer is a peripheral which would produce a text or graphics of documents stored in electronic form on a physical print media such as paper or transparencies. The printers are found attached by a printer cable or via USB cable to a system which serves as a document source. Shared printers are used for sharing information and important data between different users in a network. Some of the printers have built-in network interfaces, which are wireless or Ethernet based. While sharing network printer over a network, you could perform printing from different computers. There are different printers that could be used with Windows XP Operating System. There are different methods by which the user could share printers between same Operating System.
Information about the different files that can be shared using printer sharing and different ways to share a printer between Windows XP to Windows 7:
- Files shared using printer sharing
- Benefits of printer sharing
- Sharing between Windows XP to Windows 7
Files shared using printer sharing
Common files shared by the printers are like documents that are stored as electronic form. These might be either word files, Excel sheets or any sort of data stored in side the system. These are then turned to hard copies with the help of printers. With the sharing properties, users could print images, datas and much more things.
Benefits of printer sharing
Shared printers are used to connect and share information in a network. With this sharing function, information could be transferred between users. You need only one network printer for the entire network and thus, save the of purchasing multiple printers for each system. It is also possible to share between different printers using different Operating System.
For sharing printers between Windows XP and Windows 7 Operating System, users might have to first make sure that both machines are shared. Ensure that you could see the printer share from network browsing area in Windows 7. After this, under Network and Sharing Center click on the View network computers and devices. Click on Devices and Printers from Start button. In subsequent steps, give relevant information regarding the XP printer and then download printer driver for Windows 7 and click on Have Disk. Windows 7 might get loaded and users might print the hard copies.
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