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Connecting to Shared Printers

Connecting to Shared Printers

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If you have printers on your Windows network that have been shared you can normally print to them from other computers on that local network

Go to Devices & Printers (If not on Start Menu search or select from control panel)

Select 'Add Printer' and then select 'Network Printer'

Browse for the Printer and the computer it is connected to (If you cannot see the computer enter the computer name)



Once installed you will normally need to go into the Printer Driver settings to set up specific settings. See Specific printers for more information

If you have a different version of Windows you may have to select 'Install from Disc' and select the Printer driver.

Set the Network Type on all computers to 'Private' (rather than 'Public')

On a Peer to Peer network ensure all the computers are on same Workgroup (Right click My Computer and select Properties (Earlier Windows), or right click Start and select 'System' (Windows 8-10)

Ensure all the computers are on same Local IP Address range (Select Run / CMD / IPCONFIG to view)

If some of the computers have a Windows User Pass-code and some do not, you may need to set ALL to have a pass-code or NONE to have a pass-code


Windows bug on early Windows 7 computers

Go to the C:\Windows\system32\ directory and find the file “mscms.dll

Copy that file to:

C:\windows\system32\spool\drivers\x64\3\ if you are using 64-bit Windows 7

C:\windows\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\ if you are using 32-bit Windows 7


Go to Registry entry:


and delete the “copyfiles” key in full.



Also see Setting up Printers in Evopos