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.

13 Responses to Windows 7 Printer Sharing

  • Deborah Holliday says:

    For Christmas I got a Macbook Pro and I am trying to share my printer so I can pull it up from my laptop. For whatever reason my printer isn’t being shared and I have searched over and over to find the setting to allow it being shared. Please help me out and include step by step, thanks!

  • Gloria Hester says:

    I have a desktop with Windows 8 and a printer connected to it and I want to turn on printer sharing so I can print from my laptop which has Windows 7 Starter. I used to know how to do it on my old desktop that had Vista but I’m not familiar with Windows 8 so I’m not sure where to find everything to get started. Do I also need to set up a homegroup? If so how?

  • Lorrie Lauro says:

    Cannot ping a networked printer which the network runs on xp, i have a standalone machine on windows 7 proffesional and i cannot ping the printer from my machine whereas the i can ping the printer from the server and that all works fine just seems to be a problem on my pc, and by the way i have disabled my firewall so it is not that any help would be appreciated thanks

  • Janet Somerville says:

    I have two laptops connected to a homegroup. Whenever I try to print something from one laptop it says that the printer is offline, however the other one is able to print just fine. How do I make the other one work as well? Everything is HP, the laptops, main computer and printer. The printer is not wireless.

  • Loretta Neale says:

    My main computer is running on windows XP and this has a printer plugged into it via usb (HP photosmart C1400 series). I also have a laptop running on windows 7. both machines are wireless and on the same network. How do i print things from my laptop?


  • Janet Somerville says:

    Computer A is physically connected to the printer and scanner. Running Win 7 Ult. 64bit

    Computer B is not connected to the pinter and scanner. Running Win7 Ult. 32bit

    Both are connected through the home WIFI.

    How can I make them share the printer? And scanner if possibe?

    Does it work if computer A is not on but computer B is?

    Do I need to install the printer drivers on to computer B?
    okay, I guess sharing a scanner as well is out of the question.

    Is their a usb splitter? like before you plug in the printer’s usb in to the computer their an adaptor so you can plug the printer directly to the two computers?

    Be nice to somehow print on computer B wihtout computer A being on.

  • Amie Wolken says:

    Me and my friend both have windows 7 laptops and we are giving the option to see each other stuff but dont know how to set it up how would we go about doing that

  • Patty Guest says:

    i connnected a ethernet cable from my printer to my router, i am trying to set it up wirelessly, to my laptop. how can i do this, my laptop is not connected with a wire, i want it wireless, can somebody please help me?

  • Elinor Tuten says:

    I have a shared printer, connected to my old IBM laptop (running on windows 98). Other computers on my home network (running on xp) have no trouble accessing the network printer, but Windows 7 cannot connect to it. When I try to add the printer with the Windows Wizard it gives an error. What can I do?
    Fix It troubleshooting cannot start, it says it has encountered a runtime error.

  • Monique Spalding says:

    I want to share the printer in my network so that I can print with both computers but they are different windows

  • Marcie Thach says:

    do i have to have a wireless printer to print wirelessly?

    i use my laptop upstairs, but my main printer is in the basement where my desktop is, both are hardwired. i use a wireless router. is there any way i can print wirelessly with that printer at all?

    i use windows 7 pro btw.

  • Lorrie Lauro says:

    My window 7 is hosting the printer, i have another system which is window XP, my XP PC is able to connect to the network but unable to connect to the printer, please help.

  • Maricela Rothrock says:

    I just got a new Windows 7 laptop and I have a XP desktop. Got a wireless router running. Windows 7 gets the Internet great but I can’t get it to see my XP desktop at all or share the printer I have running off XP. Any help would be nice. Thanks…. Oh both Home Editions XP and Windows 7
    I got it to work thanks for the answers here.

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