How to enable printer sharing in Windows® Vista®
What is the purpose and are the benefits of printer sharing? Provide guidelines to enable file and printer sharing in Windows Vista.
Windows Vista is an efficient operating system that offers several high-end features along with a easy-to-use interface. Windows Vista provides options for sharing the printers and files. Printer sharing means sharing a single printer in a small network for saving cost and resources. You can easily share printer in Windows Vista. Windows Vista also offers you file sharing options. By sharing printers you can use a single printer for the whole network. The default workgroup name of the network in Windows Vista is WORKGROUP. Windows Vista Printer Sharing can be enabled through network and sharing center. You can enjoy this feature in home network and small business network easily by installing the printer driver in the system.
The following points will give you detailed information about file printer sharing and enabling printer sharing in Windows vista:
- Enable printer sharing
- Roles of printer in a network
- Tips while sharing printers
Enable printer sharing
In order to share a printer in the network you have to setup the Workgroup name and then you may enable printer sharing. Select Control panel and click on the ‘Network and Internet’ for enabling printer sharing. In the ‘Internet and Network’ option select ‘Network and Sharing Centre’. Then scroll to Printer sharing and click on ‘Turn on printer sharing’ and then select ‘Apply’. Click ‘Password protected sharing’, select ‘Turn off password protected sharing’ and then click ’Apply’. Now you can enjoy the printer sharing facility in your system.
Roles of printer in network
Printer sharing feature allows the user to share the resources with any system on the network. Another function is that this feature allows the user to share any type of printer without bothering about the type of printer, whether it is attached directly or using USB etc. This facility allows the users to share printing by locating the system remotely. Before starting the sharing you have to ensure that the file and printer share is enabled in your Windows Vista computer.
Before performing printer sharing you has to ensure that the printer is compatible with Windows Vista and the hardware components. It is better to update the drivers to the latest version for better sharing. By sharing the printer you can decrease your hardware cost and ensure maximum resource utilization. For configuring the file and printer sharing behavior, first you have to set workgroup name to your computer which should be same as the other computers.
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