how do i use a laptop to share a printer please

  sunny staines 11:23 27 Aug 2006

using xp the desktop is connected to a printer via usb. the laptop connects via wifi to a router. is it possible to share the desktop printer via wifi?

please show simple instructions as i am new to all this area please.

  FelixTCat 14:02 27 Aug 2006

sunny staines,

Yes, it is possible.

First, you have to enable File and Printer sharing on both pcs:

Go to Control Panel - Network Connections, right-click on the connection being used (presumably Local Area Connection for the desktop, Wireless network connection for the laptop) and click Properties. Tick the box for File and Printer Sharing for microsoft Networks. OK out.

Next, you have to set the printer for sharing:

On the desktop, go to Control Panel - Printers and Faxes. Right-click on the printer icon and click Sharing. Click on the Share this printer button. Click OK

The printer should now appear in My Network Places on the laptop.



  sunny staines 14:03 27 Aug 2006

thanks for the imput.

Do i need to install the printer drivers on the laptop?

  FelixTCat 14:59 27 Aug 2006

sunny staines,

No, Windows deals with all that.



  sunny staines 18:25 27 Aug 2006

thanks again will try it tomorrow.

  terryf 01:53 28 Aug 2006

You will find that xp printer sharing works well, I have 2 printers on 1 machine shared through a routerto another PC

  sunny staines 11:31 28 Aug 2006


on the 2nd step of your instructions you state "right click the printer icon and click sharing"
when i goto the sharing tab i am given 3 options
1]this computer connects directly to the internet
2]this computer connects through a residential gateway
3] other

now my desktop is wired to the router and my laptop connects only via wifi. which oop do i go for? and is it the same for both the laptop & desktop?

  FelixTCat 12:04 28 Aug 2006

sunny staines,

You are on Option 2 - the residential gateway is your router.

I'm not sure why you got this message, but I have been sharing my printers for so long that I may have got that message first time too.



  sunny staines 15:48 28 Aug 2006

do i need to repeat this network wizard on the laptop as well if so is it option 2 too?.

  FelixTCat 16:34 28 Aug 2006

sunny staines,

You should only run the network wizard if you haven't set up ANY network before. All it does is set your pc to obtain an IP address automatically and set the same workgroup address on all pcs. All you need do is right-click on the printer you want to share.

You do need to set up file and printer sharing on all the pcs, but they will only appear in My Network Places on the other pcs if you share a file or folder on that pc.



  sunny staines 16:40 28 Aug 2006

thanks yet again for helping me out. not run a network before only recently got a wifi router & laptop.

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