How do I set up a printer using windows?

To add a printer attached directly to the network:
1. Open Settings, Printers and Faxes
2. Double-click Add Printer to start the Add Printer wizard, and then click Next
3. Select add a network printer or access a printer connected to another computer
4. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish setting up the printer by selecting a printer from the network directory or choose the option to enter in the printer's name if you know the name

· To open Printers, click Start, point to Settings, and then click Printers
· To add a new port type, see Related Topics
· To add and set up a printer connected directly to your computer, you must be logged on as a member of the Administrators group
· In Windows 2000 Server, the Add Printer wizard shares the printer and publishes it in Active Directory by default, unless you select Do not share this printer in the wizard's Printer Sharing screen. In Windows 2000 Professional, the Add Printer wizard does not share the printer automatically; you must select Share as to share and publish the printer.
· You must clear the Automatically detect my printer check box because the printer is attached directly to the network, not to a Windows 2000 computer.
· If you intend to share the printer with clients other than Windows 2000, you need to install the appropriate printer drivers for these clients on the print server. When clients on Windows NT 4.0, Windows 95, and Windows 98 connect to the printer, the system automatically downloads the correct driver to the client.
· The following Group Policy settings can change the default behavior of the Windows 2000 Server Add Printer wizard:
Allow printers to be published is enabled by default; you can disable it to prevent printers from being published.

Automatically publish new printers in the Active Directory is enabled by default; you can disable it to prevent the Add Printer wizard from automatically publishing printers when adding a new printer.

Display the down level page in the Add Printer Wizard is enabled by default; you can disable it to prevent the Add Printer wizard from barticlesing the network for shared printers.

Created: Nov 01, 2004 - 5:27am Updated: Oct 28, 2011 - 3:14am Author: Web Technologies Article: 1280
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