|You must install the software properly on whatever computer the printer is direrctly connected to.|
If it's connected via a USB cable, you DO NOT plug the USB cable into the printer until AFTER you have installed software for the printer.
Sometimes you are prompted to plug that in after some of the software is installed.
You DO NOT install the drivers for the printer on that computer when Found New Hardware pops up for the printer, BEFORE you have installed the software for the printer.
Once the printer works fine on the computer it is directly connected to...
If you want that printer to be a network printer on another computer in the same network.....
- in XP and 2000, you DO NOT have to install software for the printer, or use Add a printer, on any of the computers the printer is not directly connected to, unless the printer is NOT Plug-n-Play detectable.
E.g. If it is connected via a USB cable, it IS Plug-n-Play detectable.
If it is connected via a parallel connection and a parallel port, it is NOT Plug-n-Play detectable.
Assuming that the printer IS Plug-n-Play detectable.....
- if File and Printer Sharing is enabled on all the computers in the same network that you want to use the printer with.....
(e.g. if all the computers are on a local network, e.g. connected to the same router, when you set up a local network on each computer in Windows, that's when you can enable File and Printer Sharing.)
- the drivers needed for the printer will be automatically copied (from the computer the vprinter is directly connected to) to all the computers that are running that the printer is not directly connected to over the network, but it takes a short time for that to happen, the faster the computers are, the faster the network connection is, the less time that takes. E.g. it may take 15 minutes.
- the printer model will automatically appear in Printers and Faxes on the computers the printer is not directly connected to as an AUTO (network) printer, but that takes a short time intially. You can often initially print from the other computers the printer is not directly connected to before that appears.
E.g. that may take 30 minutes
You may need to Restart all the computers for that to appear.