188.8.131.52 Lab – Share a Printer in Windows
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In this lab, you will share a printer, configure the printer on a networked computer, and print a test page from the remote computer.
- Two computers directly connected or connected through a switch
- Windows installed on both computers
- A printer installed on one of the computers
Step 1: Configure the printer to share.
a. Log on to the computer that has the printer connected. Navigate to Control Panel > Folder Options. In the View tab, deselect Use Sharing Wizard (Recommended). Click OK to continue.
b. Navigate to Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change advanced sharing settings on the left side of the window.
c. In the Change sharing options for different network profiles screen, expand the All Networks profile. Turn off password protected sharing for the All Networks profile. Select Turn off password protected sharing and click Save changes.
d. Navigate to Control Panel > Devices and Printers.
e. Right-click the printer > Printer properties.
f. In the Sharing tab, select Share this printer. Name the printer, and click OK.
Step 2: Add a shared printer.
a. Log on to the computer with no printer connected.
b. Navigate to Control Panel > Devices and Printers.
c. In the Devices and Printers window, click Add a printer.
d. When all printers are discovered, select Printer on ComputerName in the Select a printer screen, where ComputerName is the name of the computer with the connected printer and Printer is the name of the printer. Click Next to continue.
Note: If the desired printer is not listed, click The printer that I want isn’t listed. In the Find a printer by other options screen, click Select a shared printer by name and type \\computername\printer. Click Next.
e. If prompted to install drivers, allow the driver installation.
f. When the You’ve successfully added a printer screen appears, click Next and then Finish to close the Add Printer window.
Step 3: Print a test page.
a. In the Devices and Printers window, right-click and select printer > Printer properties.
b. In the General tab, click Print Test Page to verify that the printer is working properly.