How to Add a Virtual Printer Port for USB in Windows XP

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How to Add a Virtual Printer Port for USB in Windows XP
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A Virtual USB Printer Port allows computers that aren't physically connected to a printer to access it through wireless networking. This means that for scenarios where there is only one printer for five or six computers, each of those computers can access the printer wirelessly instead of having to transfer all files to the computer physically connected to the printer and then print them. A virtual USB printer port is commonly used in offices and schools.

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    Click the "Start" button on the computer that is physically connected to the printer. A new menu will appear.

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    Click on "Printers and Faxes." If this doesn't appear in the "Start" menu, enter the Control Panel and then click on "Printers and Faxes." This will display a list of all printers connected to your computer.

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    Right click on the printer you want to create the virtual USB port for and select "Sharing."

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    Pick "Share this printer." You'll be asked to put in a name to describe the printer. Type in a name. Make sure to differentiate between this printer and other printers.

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    Access the Control Panel on the computer that's not physically connected to the printer.

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    Double click on the "Printers" section to open it up.

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    Choose "Add a Printer" on the menu that is on the left hand side. This will bring up a new menu.

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    Pick "Network Printer," then "Browse for Printer." Your computer will search for any printer connected to the network, which means the printer you've set up with the other computer will become available.

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    Select the printer that you just named. A Windows guide will then lead you through the connection process. It will prompt you to install the printer software onto your second computer if you haven't already done so. After this, you're connected.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use the virtual USB port to connect fax machines too.

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