Process of sharing a network printer on a Windows® XP
What is the method of sharing a network printer on Windows XP-based computers?
Sharing of printers with Windows computers is possible through a series of processes that enables the connection with the printer. The sharing of printers on Windows XP Operating Systems can be done either directly or through the network. Both, direct sharing of the printer and network sharing requires the same steps to be followed. But network printer sharing includes more processes including the Network Printer Sharing Wizard window. Network printer sharing helps you to print work from more than one computer on the network using a single printer. You should know the name of the home network group to which the printer is installed on. The printer device should first add to any of the computers on the network and the remaining computers can be added through network sharing. The sharing of a network printer reduces the expense of buying separate printers for each computer on the network.
Discussed below are some points related to the sharing of network printers on Windows XP computers:
- Steps to follow while sharing network printers
- Benefits of sharing printers
- Points to remember while sharing printers
Steps to follow while sharing network printers
Open the Start menu and click on 'Printers and Faxes' option on the right menu. Now click on the 'File' option at the top menu in the window opened and select 'Add a Printer' option. Then a welcome wizard opens, and you should click on the 'Next' button there. Now in the 'Local or Network Printer' page, click on the 'Network Printer' option and click 'Next'. In the next page, select 'Browse for a Printer' option. On the 'Browse' option on the next page, click on 'Microsoft Windows Network' option and expand the HomeGroup name of your computer. Click on the printer name and select 'Yes' when prompted for the connection. Then click 'Finish' to complete the wizard.
Benefits of sharing printers
Printers are devices that print documents on physical media like paper. Printers can be connected to the system, and can be used to print immediately. Sharing the printer with the computer helps you in printing documents on the system. The network printer sharing function helps you to reduce cost.
Depending on Windows XP edition and the user customization of System View, the 'Printers and Faxes' option can be absent from the Start menu. So open 'Control Panel' and access the printer from there. Each computer on the network should perform the same steps mentioned above for sharing a network printer with a Windows XP Operating System.
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