Share the Printer
1. In Windows XP (default Start menu):
a. Click Start
b. Double-click Printers and Other Hardware.
c. Click Printers and Faxes.
In Windows XP (Classic Start menu): Click Start
In Windows Vista (Classic Start menu), Windows 2000, and Windows NT:
In Windows Vista (default Start menu):
a. Click Start
b. Click Hardware and Sound.
c. Click Printers.
2. Right-click on your printer icon.
3. Click Sharing.
4. If you are using Windows Vista, you may be prompted to change the sharing options before you can continue. Press the Change Sharing Options
button and press Continue on the next dialog box.
5. Select Share this printer and type a name for the printer.
6. Click Additional Drivers and select the operating systems of all network clients printing to this printer.
7. Click OK.
If you are missing files, you are prompted to insert the server operating system CD.
a. Insert the Drivers and Utilities CD, ensure that the drive letter is correct for your CD-ROM drive, and click OK.
b. If you are using Windows Vista: Browse to a client computer running the operating system, and click OK.
c. If you are using any other Windows version: Insert the operating system CD, ensure that the drive letter is correct for your CD-ROM drive, and click OK.
8. Click Close.
To check that the printer was successfully shared:
Make sure the printer object in the Printers folder shows it is shared. For example, in Windows 2000, a hand is shown underneath the printer icon.
Browse My Network Places or Network Neighborhood. Find the host name of the server, and look for the shared name you assigned to the printer.
Now that the printer is shared, you can install the printer on network clients using the Point and Print method or the Peer-to-Peer method.
Install the Shared Printer on Client Computers
Point and Print
This method is the best use of system resources. The print server handles driver modifications and print job processing. This lets network clients return to their
programs much faster.
If you use the Point and Print method, a subset of driver information is copied from the print server to the client computer. This is just enough information to
send a print job to the printer.
1. On the Windows desktop of the client computer, double-click My Network Places or Network Neighborhood.
2. Double-click the host name of the print server computer.
3. Right-click the shared printer name and click Install or Connect.
Wait for the driver information to copy from the print server computer to the client computer and for a new printer object to be added to the Printers folder.
The time this takes varies based on network traffic and other factors.
4. Close My Network Places or Network Neighborhood.
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