Install Network Printer in Windows® 7
What are the ways of installing network printer in Windows 7. Learn further the methods of sharing printer over a network.
Windows 7 from Microsoft Corporation is the latest operating system which belongs to the Windows series. Network printers are the devices which can be directly connected to a computer network as a standalone device. Network printers are mostly used in large offices. You can install network printers in Windows 7 easily and quickly. There are two types of network printers, wired and wireless printers. In order to install printer on the system, open ‘Control Panel’ from ‘Start’ menu. Click on ‘Devices and Printers’ and select ‘Add a Printer’. Now an ‘Add Printer Wizard‘ opens and click on ‘Add a Printer’. Select appropriate printer from the list of available printers and click ‘Next’. In order to install the printer driver on your computer click on ‘Install Driver’. After the completion of installation, click on ‘Finish’ and restart the system.
Following are the methods to share printer over a network using Windows 7 and different tips to resolve the issues associated with network printers:
- Sharing network printers
- Tips to install and share printers
- Tips to resolve issues
Sharing network printers
Using Windows 7 operating system you can easily share your network printers. To share the printers with other computers, open ‘Control Panel’ from the 'Start' menu. Open ‘Devices and printers’ and double click on your printer. Then select ‘Customize your printer’ and choose ‘Sharing’ tab. Then select ‘Share this printe vcr’ checkbox. Then, configure the network sharing feature according to your choice. After proper configuration restart the system to make the changes come in effect.
Tips to install and share printers
You have to notice several things while installing and sharing the printers in Windows 7. You can also install and share the printer in Windows 7 using the HomeGroup feature. Before sharing the printer, make sure that you have permission to use these printers. After installing and sharing the printer, you can test the printer by printing a test page.
There are several issues associated with the printers installed in Windows 7. Most of the problems associated with the network printers are due to the improper installation and configuration of the network printers and its drivers. If you are installing printer driver into a virus infected system, then the installation may not be carried out properly. Any issues associated with updating or upgrading of network printer drivers and firmware also result in incorrect working of network printers. You can get rid of many network printer problem by updating the printer driver with latest version. Microsoft also provides ‘Troubleshooter’ to diagnose and fix the most common printing problems.
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