Configure Windows 10 64 Shared Printer


I think the benefits of a configured printer on a LAN are obvious to everyone. A simple example:

Conveniently? Conveniently! Here’s how to configure the printer to work over the network in Windows 7, 8 and will be described in this article

STEP 1. Configuring the computer to which the printer is connected (or how to “share” the printer for all PCs on the network).

We assume that your local network is configured (i.e. computers see each other) and the printer is connected to one of the computers (i.e. drivers are installed, everything works. files are printed).

To be able to use the printer with any PC on the network, you must correctly configure the computer to which it is connected.

To do this, go to the Windows control panel, in the section: Control Panel \ Network and Internet \ Network and Sharing Center.

Here you need to open the link in the left menu “Change advanced sharing options.”

Configure Windows 10 64 Shared Printer

Fig. 1. Network and Sharing Center

In the window that opens, you need to open three tabs in turn (Fig. 2, 3, 4). In each of them, check the boxes next to the items: enable file and printer sharing, disable password protection.

Fig. 2. sharing settings. opened tab “private (current profile)”

Fig. 3. the opened tab “guest or public”

Fig. 4. the opened tab “all networks”

Then save the settings and go to another section of the control panel. section ” Control Panel \ Hardware and Sound \ Devices and Printers “.

Here, select your printer, click on it with RMB (right mouse button) and select the “Printer Properties” tab. In the properties, go to the “Access” section and check the box “Share this printer” (see Fig. 5).

If access to this printer is open, then any user of your local network can print on it. The printer will not be available only in certain cases: if the PC is turned off, it is in sleep mode, etc.

Fig. 5. Sharing a printer for network sharing.

You also need to go to the “Security” tab, then select the “All” user group and enable printing (see. Fig. 6).

Fig. 6. Now printing on the printer is available to everyone!

STEP 2. How to connect the printer over a network and print on it

Now you can proceed to configure computers that are on the same local network as the PC to which the printer is connected.

The first step is to launch a regular explorer. At the very bottom left, all PCs connected to your local network should be displayed (relevant for Windows 7, 8).

In general, click on the PC to which the printer is connected, and if in step 1 (see above) the PC was configured correctly, you will see a shared printer. Actually. right-click on it and select the connection function in the pop-up context menu. Usually, the connection takes no more than 30-60 seconds. (the drivers are automatically connected and configured).

Fig. 7. printer connection

Next (if there were no errors), go to the control panel and open the tab: Control Panel \ Hardware and Sound \ Devices and Printers.

Then select the connected printer, click on it with the right mouse button and enable the “Use by default” option.

Fig. 8. use the default printer over the network

Now, in whatever editor you are (Word, Notepad, and others), when you click the Print button, a network printer will be selected automatically and you only need to confirm printing. Setup is complete!

If connecting printer an error appears on the network

For example, a common error when connecting a printer is the standard “Windows cannot connect to the printer »And some error code is issued (type 0x00000002). see fig. 9.

It is impossible to consider the whole variety of errors in one article. but I will give one simple advice that often helps me get rid of such errors.

Fig. 9. if an error pops up

You need to go to the control panel, go to “Computer Management”, and then open the “Services” tab. Here we are interested in one service. “Print Manager”. You need to do the following: disable the print manager, restart the PC, and then re-enable this service (see Figure 10).

Then try connecting the printer again (see STEP 2 of this article).

Fig. 10. restarting the print manager service


That’s all. By the way, if the printer does not print, I recommend that you read this article here:

As always, thank you in advance for any addition to the article! Have a good work!