If you have a network where multiple devices and operating systems are used, you might not be able to use the Homegroup for easy network sharing. In such scenarios, you need to share your folders and devices using different procedures. For example, sharing a printer with the network involves a different and lengthier set of steps. Here’s how it works in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and in Windows 10:
NOTE: Sharing a printer works the same way in Windows 7, in Windows 8.1 and in Windows 10. Thus, for simplicity reasons, in this tutorial, we will use screenshots taken only in Windows 10. Some visuals might be slightly different in previous versions of Windows, but the essentials are the same.
How to share a printer with the network, in Windows
First, open the Devices and Printers panel. There you will see a list with all external devices installed on your PC. Go to the Printers section and select the printer that you want to share