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Windows 7 Printer Sharing

Today I am going to show you how to setup Windows 7 printer sharing.  This will allow you to share one printer with all the other computers in your house running Windows 7.  In order for you start sharing the printer with the rest of your home network, you will first need to install the printer on the pc where the printer will be located.

Windows 7  Printer Sharing – Printer Server

There is nothing special you will have to do to when it comes to installing the printer just do it the normal way you always would, insert cd and run the setup.exe file.  During the printer install, it may ask you if you want to Enable Sharing, click yes.  Also make sure that all your computers reside in the same Windows 7 homegroup. You should be able to skip the rest of this section and move onto setting up your printer client.

Once the printer is installed you may have to reboot your pc to allow the new configurations to become active. The next step in sharing your printer with a Windows 7 pc is to enable printer sharing within the printer properties.  To access the printer properties on a Window 7 pc, do the following:

Enable Windows 7 Printer Sharing

  1. Click on the Start Button
  2. Control Panel
  3. Hardware and Sound
  4. Devices and Printers
  5. Under Printers and Faxes find the recently installed printer
  6. Right click printer and select printer properties

Once you within the printer properties screen, click on the Sharing tab.  The first thing that you are going to want to do is click on “Share this printer”, then type a printer share name for your printer.

Windows 7 Printer Client PC

Now it is time to setup you Windows 7 client pc(s).  In order for your client pc to access the Windows 7 printer share, you will need to configure each computer that will be using the printer.  To access the Windows printer share you need to do the following on each client pc.

  1. Click Start
  2. Go to Control Panel
  3. Hardware and Sound
  4. Click “add a printer” under Devices and Printers

Once you are inside the add printer screen, you will then need to select “Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer”.  Windows 7 now should find the printer share on your home network.  If Windows doesn’t find your printer share, here are some steps to troubleshoot Windows 7 printer sharing problems.  Once Windows finds your printer click on the next button to finish up the install.

Once you click the next button your client pc should begin to connect to your Windows 7 printer share.  This could take a minute or two, so be patient.  Your printer should now be connected to your printer share.  Print a test page to make sure the Windows 7 printer sharing is successful.

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