Shared Printers in Windows® 7
What are shared printers and how to share printers between Windows 7 and XP?
Printers those are capable of sharing files from one computer to another system via some connections are termed as shared printers. The printers might be either connected through a network or might be standalone but, could be shared via network connections. With the sharing technique, these printers could print hard copies of some electronic information given to them. In a network, these printers might be connected via wireless or Ethernet based interfaces. There are different printers that could be used with Windows 7 Operating System. There are many ways for sharing printers between different Operating System and users could transfer the important data between the shared users.
Information about the benefits of shared printers, different ways for sharing printer between Windows 7 and Windows XP Operating System:
- Benefits of shared printers
- Files shared using shared printers
- Sharing between Windows 7 and Windows XP
Benefits of shared printers
With the help of shared printers in a network, users could connect and share information between users, using any computer. Only the requirement is the printer installed in the system and might be connected by the printer cables. Only one network printer can be shared for the entire network. Thus, installing separate printers for each system is not required thus saving money of purchasing multiple computers. By using this facility, users might reduce the connection difficulty also. It is also possible to share printers that use different Operating Systems in a network.
Files shared using shared printers
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 the system. These documents are then printed to create hard copies with the help of printers. With the sharing properties, users could print of images, data and much more things.
Sharing between Windows 7 and Windows XP
For sharing printers between Windows 7 and Windows XP Operating System, users might have to first make sure that both machines are the members of the same workgroup. Then locate your Windows 7 and XP machines in the network. After this, users might have to click on the Printer icon and then click on the 'Customize your printer' button. Select the sharing tab and check the box in order to share the printer and type its share name. Add drivers if needed. Under network, click on the Windows 7 machine icons to find the shared folders and devices. In Windows XP machine, open My Network Places and find Windows 7 shared folders. Then, double click on the Share folder to find out the list of shared folders on Windows 7 Public folder.
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