Each version of OS X has done a better job than its predecessors of 'playing nice' with Windows networks. OS X 10.0 didn't have Windows networking at all; as with the classic Mac OS, 10.0 users needed a third-party program like Thursby's Dave to connect to shared Windows folders. Mac OS X 10.1 added support for the open source SMB (a.k.a. Samba) clone of Windows' network client, but users had to enter connection information manually in the Finder's Go to Server dialogue box. Starting with OS X 10.2, Apple started to make it easier by attempting to recognize nearby Windows networks. Today, with OS X 10.4, it's generally reasonably easy for users with home and small business networks: Windows network shares (usually) show up in the Finder, and can be accessed without needing to be able to enter something like: smb://P4_10/DOWNLOAD Shared Printer Shortcomings Making use of a shared printer connected to a Windows computer is still not as straightforward a process, however. Some of the reasons go way back to the Mac Dark Ages.
Print to network printer Hi, I am new to this forum, but have the problem not able to configure the printer on my Macbook. The printer is a Canon IP4200 shared on a Windows XP SP2 (home edition) PC, it works from another PC-notebook connected to the router. Dec 22, 2017 After installing Bonjour, you’ll find a new Bonjour Printer Wizard on your Windows desktop. Launch it, then click Next to get to the Browse for Bonjour Printers screen. In the Shared Printers section of this screen, you should see your shared Mac-connected printer.
Let's go back to the early 1990s, when up-to-date Mac users might be running something like System 7.1. At that time, some printers had printer drivers that allowed them to be shared between Macs on an AppleTalk network. The LaserWriter 8 driver allowed many Postscript printers to be shared easily, for instance. But most other printer drivers couldn't be used to share printers. Apple even distributed replacement sharable printer drivers for some of their models.
On the other side - starting with Windows for Workgroups 3.10 and continuing through Windows 95 and later versions - Microsoft made printer sharing an operating system feature, not a printer driver feature. In those network-enabled versions of Windows, any printer could be shared. (In fact, if a printer is shared, in many cases, the sharing computer can distribute drivers to other connected Windows computers as needed. A very slick feature - when it works). Even when OS X provided an opportunity for Apple to recreate the Mac operating system from the ground up, the ability to access a printer across a network remained, at least in part, a function that might or might not be included in each individual printer driver.
Take my HP PSC950 all-in-one. Apple includes printer drivers for it in recent versions of OS X, and HP has drivers online. This printer works fine with either driver when connected directly to my Mac's USB port. Mac os high sierra installer. And it works fine when it's connected to a Windows PC on my home network. But neither Apple's not HP's driver let me print to that printer from my Mac when it's shared from my PC, even though other Windows systems (and even Linux systems) print to it across the network just fine. Shared Printer Solution The solution comes from the open source community; in this case, from an open source project that was originally known as Gimp-Print, and is now known as.
Gutenprint offers a set of open source networkable printer drivers that directly support a wide range of printers and can be used with an even wider range of printers. (See.) Their HP DeskJet series 900 driver lets me print to my PSC950.
Apple, in fact, started to include the Gimp-Print drivers as part of the base installations with OS X 10.3 and included updated versions with OS X 10.4. Boot back into mac bootcamp. It works, but it's not perfect.