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Chapter 17. Printing with Windows XP > Using the Add Printer Wizard

Using the Add Printer Wizard

You can make connections from Windows XP to printers that are physically attached to a local port on your computer to other computers that act as print servers, and to computers that have their own network cards and are directly attached to the network. In this section, you will walk through the steps for using each of these methods to connect to a printer. First, it is important to understand the difference between creating a local printer and connecting to a print share.

A local printer is one that is either directly cabled to your computer or directly attached to the network. That second option may not make sense when you first think about it and it requires some clarification. By local printer, Windows XP is differentiating between which computer controls the spooling and interaction with the printer. When you create a local printer, Windows XP can use the LPT ports or COM ports on your computer to perform I/O, or it can use a network port you create to send data to the printer.


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