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XP SP3 Machine as a print server

Last response: in Wireless Networking
February 23, 2010 10:31:01 PM

I have an older XP machine that I would like to set up as a print server. It's a P4 2.8 ghz w/ 768MB Ram.
I want to hook up a USB Brother printer to it, and connect the computer to the network wirelessly.

Then - I have Vista Home Premium 32Bit laptop and a Windows 7 32 laptop that I want to be able to print to the Brother printer wirelessly. I also have the ability to put Vista on the P4 machine if necessary, but I don't want to.

Is this scenario feasible without too much difficulty. I have no problem with setting up the network, I just don't know how to get the printer to work.

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February 23, 2010 11:07:18 PM

Once the printer is installed, you just enabled printer sharing. Locate the printer in the “Printers and Faxes” control applet, right click to Properties, select Sharing, provide a name, and click OK. If the printer is connected via wireless to your network, whalla, you now have a wireless printer! It should show up under Vista and Windows 7 network discovery where you can select the printer and install their respective drivers.
March 3, 2010 2:48:54 PM

Best answer selected by txczshooter.