So you have a printer connected to your Windows PC and you bring an Apple computer into your network / home / business and want to be able to print from your Apple / Mac to your Windows printer.
Here is the solution to this using Windows 7.
On the Windows 7 PC :
- Open the Control Panel
- Go to “Programs and Features”
- Go to “Turn Windows Features on or off”
- Locate and click on the “LPD Print Service” under “Print and Document Services”
- Now go to “Hardware and Sound “and open up view devices and printers.Make sure the printer you want to use is shared with a name that has no spaces , I call my HP Officejet Pro 8500 HP
On your Mac:
- Open “System Preferences” – “Print & Fax”
- Click “+” to add a printer
- Right click anywhere on the tool bar and select “Customize Toolbar” then drag with your mouse and or touchpad the “Advanced” button to the toolbar
- Select “Advanced”
- In the “Type:” field select “LPD/LPR Host or Printer”
- In the “URL:” field enter lpd://your windows ip address/your printers share name; (e.g., lpd://10.0.0.45/HP) Remember the IP address is the address of your PC which is assigned by your router
- Select your printer software using the print using setting and select your printer software from the list Finally click the “Add” button and you printer will be added