File and Printer Sharing in Windows® Vista®
Need to know the guidelines for file and printer sharing in Windows® Vista®?
For file and printer sharing in Windows Vista, you need to follow a set of common guidelines initially. First of all, you need to make sure that you have activated file and printer sharing on the network card. For this, click on ‘Start’ and then go to ‘Network’. Right click on ‘Network’ and choose ‘Properties’. By doing so ‘Network and Sharing Center’ window will appear. In that window, click on ‘Manage Network Connections’.
The followings points need to be kept in mind during file and printer sharing in Windows Vista:
- Fundamentals for file sharing in Windows Vista
- Printer sharing in Windows Vista
Fundamentals for file sharing in Windows Vista
A ‘Network Connections’ window will appear. In that window network card that is presently being used needs to be right clicked and ‘Properties’ options needs to be chosen. There the option for ‘File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Network’ should be enabled. After that you should navigate to ‘Network and Sharing Center’ window and note the network location type of the computer. If it is being done for a home network, you should use private network. If your network location type is public like in offices, you can change network location type to public network.
Printer sharing in Windows Vista
After that go to the ‘Sharing and Discovery’ section and turn on printer sharing. Click on ‘Apply’ to make changes and finally click ‘OK’ to close all windows. After this, you need to go to the ‘Control Panel’ and choose the ‘Hardware and Sound’ option. In the ‘Hardware and Sound’ options choose ‘Printers’. A printer window will open. Right click on the required printer and choose ‘Sharing’. The printer properties window will appear. Choose the ‘Sharing’ tab and click on ‘Change Sharing’ options. Tick on ‘Share this printer to share the printer’. You can also choose ‘Render print jobs on client computers if required’. Click ‘Apply’ and ‘OK’ at the end. After this, go to the ‘Sharing and Discovery’ section and turn on file sharing. Click on ‘Apply’ to make changes and finally click ‘OK’ to close all windows.
You also need to ensure that the drivers are compatible with the devices and the operating system. For this, install the compatible and correct drivers from the manufacturer’s website. In case, incorrect drivers are installed, you might face issues in sharing files and the printer.