Add Shared Printer as a Local Printer

Sometimes you might have problems browsing to printer and file shares on the network. Thus adding a shared printer to your computer via the Network Printer method might not work. However, you still might be able to add it via the Local Printer method.

In Windows XP:

1. Click Start > Printers and Faxes.
2. Click Add a Printer on the left pane.
3. Click Next.
4. Select Local printer attached to this computer and click Next.
5. Select Create a new port, select Local Port for the Port Type, and click Next.
6. For Port Name, enter the network path to the printer by entering two slashes, the computer name or local IP address of the PC sharing the printer, and then the share name of the printer. For example “\\dellpc\hpprinter” or “\\192.168.1.100\hpprinter”
7. Select the printer and click Next. If the exact model isn’t listed, try the closest model number or a generic printer.
8. Follow the rest of the wizard.

In Windows Vista and 7:

1. Click Start > Devices and Printers.
2. Click Add a Printer on the top.
3. Select Add a local printer.
4. Select Create a new port, select Local Port for the Port Type, and click Next.
5. For Port Name, enter the network path to the printer by entering two slashes, the computer name or local IP address of the PC sharing the printer, and then the share name of the printer. For example “\\dellpc\hpprinter” or “\\192.168.1.100\hpprinter”
6. Select the printer and click Next. If the exact model isn’t listed, try the closest model number or a generic printer.
7. Follow the rest of the wizard.

3 thoughts on “Add Shared Printer as a Local Printer”

  1. Hi Eric,
    Thank you for this information. I was starting to think there was no way to print documents from my old but essential PCs to the HP printer on my Win10 PC.

  2. I set my network printer up this way and it worked perfect for a while. I thought all was fine. It quit working after a while and when I try to set it up again \\Roger\hp color laserjet cp1215 xp computer would say network path not found. XP can’t see HP printer on Win 10. I wondered if I got a windows 10 update. What now?

  3. Thanks, this really helped. My old but good accounting software only works on an XP system, and I was worried when my new Lexmark printer had no XP driver. It’s working fine now!

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