Sunday, April 26, 2015

Share a Printer on Your Network from Vista or XP to Windows 7

Share a Printer from Vista

To share the printer on a Vista machine click on Start and enter printers into the search box and hit Enter.

Right-click on the printer you want to share and select Sharing from the context menu.
Now in Printer Properties, select the Sharing tab, mark the box next to Share this printer, and give the printer a name. Make sure the name is something simple with no spaces then click Ok.

Share a Printer from XP

To share a printer from XP click on Start then select Printers and Faxes.

In the Printers and Faxes window right-click on the printer to share and select Sharing.
In the Printer Properties window select the Sharing tab and the radio button next to Share this printer and give it a short name with no spaces then click Ok.

Add Printer to Windows 7

Now that we have the printer on Vista or XP set up to be shared, it’s time to add it to Windows 7. Open the Start Menu and click on Devices and Printers.

In Devices and Printers click on Add a printer.

Next click on Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer.

Windows 7 will search for the printer on your network and once its been found click Next.

The printer has been successfully added…click Next.

Now you can set it as the default printer and send a test page to verify everything works. If everything is successful, close out of the add printer screens and you should be good to go.

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