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How to connect to a Network Printer in Windows 7

Windows 7 can discover printers and other computers that are on the same network. This article will demonstrate using network discovery to find and install a printer resource available on the network.
Diagram of a Sample Network

  1. Click Start and then click Devices and Printers
    Windows 7 Start Menu, Devices and PRinters
  2. Click on Add a printer
    Windows Explorer, Add a Printer
  3. Click on Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer
    Windows 7 Add Network Printer Wizard
  4. Click on Have Disk and insert the disk or CD that came with your printer.
    Windows Find Printer Driver
  5. Select the printer model from the list and click Next. Windows will install the printer software and or drivers on the computer. If you have more than one computer or laptop on the network, repeat the process on each system.
  6. Once installation is done you can change the default printer to use or select the printer from within your print menu of your application.

Note: Make sure all the computers and printer are on same network or connected to the same router. If you have more than one printer configured on your computer make sure you select the appropriate printer before you are start to print.