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Installing a Printer with the Add Printer Wizard

Windows 98 is the control freak of the computer world. It has to know absolutely everything about your machine and whatever peripherals—especially printers—are along for the ride. This isn't a bad thing, though, because it actually makes your life easier. How? Well, for example, in the anarchic world of DOS, every program has its own particular printing agenda. Although there's nothing wrong with such digital individualism, the downside is that you have to perform the rigmarole of setting up your printer for every DOS program.

Windows 98, though, is different, because it performs the printing drudgery itself. As a result, you have to tell Windows only what kind of printer you have, and then you're in business. Windows applications handle print jobs by simply passing the buck to the printing subsystem, so there's no need to perform separate printer setups for all your programs.


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