Monday, November 03, 2008

Add a Shared Printer to Vista

Argh! Since I replaced the Wireless router, I have to redo all the printer configurations. I love the way Vista has created a new verity of printer that never existed before. We use to have local printers and remote printers. Now Vista subdivides remote printers as network and shared.

Ok... fine. A local printer is plugged into you computer. A network printer is a standalone device that you communicate with by IP address. A shared printer is connected to the back of someone else's computer, and we talk to it remotely across the network. And here's the brilliant part: the shared printer is considered local, because it is local to somebody. WTF?

I hacked these instructions from WugNet:

1.) Verify that File and print sharing is turned on and properly configured on the XP machine.
2.) Locate and notate the Win XP computer name (i.e. "Desktop") (Found in System Properties in the Computer Name tab)
3.) Locate and notate the printer share name on the XP computer (i.e. "Printer") (Found under the Sharing tab on the Printer Properties page)
4.) On the Vista machine launch the "Add a Printer" wizard
5.) Choose "Add a local printer"
6.) Select "Create a new port" radio button and choose "Local Port" from the drop down menu
7.) Press Next
8.) In the "Enter Port Name:" box enter the following: \\Desktop\Printer
where "Desktop" = the computer name from step 2 and "Printer" = the printer share name from step 3.
9.) Select the Printer driver from the list provided or use the "Have Disk" button to install the correct Vista driver if it is not in the built-in list. It is critical that the driver you use is Vista compatible.
10.) Press next
11.) Give the printer a distinct name and choose whether to set as the default.
12.) Press Next
13.) Print a test page to verify functionality.
14.) Press Finish
15.) Enjoy network printing !!

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