Share Printer Windows® 7 and Windows® XP
Do you know what important things should be kept in mind while sharing printer between Windows® 7 and Windows® XP?
The sharing of a single printer in a small business network is very important. A good manager that wants to keep the costs down will not purchase a printer for every computer in the office. This is why Windows® 7 and Windows® XP are designed with the share printer capability
Here are some advantages of using a share printer in your Windows® small business network:
- Fewer costs
- Improved reliability and system stability
- Better control of your network
It is useless to speak about the advantages of buying one printer instead of ten. However, there are other advantages of the share printer facility. First, you would not need so much staff in your IT department. In addition, some tests are saying that employees are printing less useless and personal materials while using a shared printer. This means you will have to spend less money for consumables and your hardware will last longer. Also, if the printer is noisy, place it out of the way of your employees so that they can work in a peaceful environment.
Improved reliability and system stability
You can choose other operating systems for your business network, but keep in mind that the shared printer systems works great on Windows® 7 and Windows® XP operating systems. This is because every major printer manufacturers are collaborating with Microsoft® when they are developing new printers. Windows® 7 and Windows® XP also come with the best drivers for sharing printers, so you will never get driver crashes or networking problems. Also installing a printing network is easy on Windows® 7 and Windows® XP, so you will not need costly IT specialists to do this for you. Just go to the 'Control Panel', 'Printers and Faxes' and search for the shared printer. You might also get live support if you have a genuine copy of Windows® operating system so you can be sure that your printer is configured for best performance. Check the printer connections regularly and get some specialists for maintenance at least once in a year, even if your network is working fine.
Controlling your network will be a lot easier if you are using the share printer facility on Windows® XP and Windows® 7. From your central server you can see which IP used the printer in the later period. You can even see what documents were printed, if you spot some abnormal activity. Even if you are not the type of manager that controls his employees you should do this when one of them is about to leave. Sometimes they might want to leave your company with some important information, and what better way is to control this than verifying the activities on your printer? You might also discover other important capabilities of sharing a printer on Windows® 7 and Windows® XP along the way such as blocking an IP from printing or configuring the printer for less resources consumption.