Installing a Printer

If you're on a corporate network, you probably already have access to an office printer (or several) on the network; the setting-up duties have been left to a network guru. This section covers installing and setting up a local printer (one that's plugged directly into your computer).


When Windows people talk about installing a printer, they're generally not talking about hooking up the actual printer to the PC. Instead, they refer to installing and setting up the printer's software and settings. Once you've installed a printer, a printer icon for it appears in your StartSettingsPrinters window.

If your printer is newish (roughly 1999 or later vintage), it's probably Plug-and-Play compatible. Windows 2000 will detect and install it without much help from you. All you have to do is reboot your computer after installation. An even more recent printer model, one that uses a USB or FireWire connection to your PC, is hot-pluggable: that is, you don't need to turn off the computer before plugging it in. This time, Windows 2000 will automatically detect the printer's presence and then perform the entire driver installation—no reboot required.


No special user rights are necessary to install a Plug-and-Play printer connected to your machine. Non-Plug-and-Play printers, on the other hand, require a user account with administrative privileges (see Section 17.3).

Once you've connected the printer to the computer according to the manufacturer's directions, plugged it ...

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