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Netprint: Windows Vista and Windows 7 and 8 Standard Setup - TB8796

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Overview

The Netprint service allows users to print to specific MSU printers from anywhere on campus or anywhere in the world (when connected through MSU SSL VPN).

Follow the steps below to set up your Vista or Windows 7/8 computer to use the standard (single-sided, black and white) Netprint service. Single-sided color printing is also available in some locations. Please note that configuring for both black & white and for color laser printing requires that the Add Printer steps be repeated, as the two printers use separate queues on your machine.

Note: Screen shots are from Vista. Notable differences between Vista and Windows 7 are noted in the steps below.

Also note, Windows 7 Starter Edition does not include the required LPR Port Monitor and is therefore incompatible with Netprint.

Once configuration is complete, follow the instructions on how to print using Netprint in the article Netprint: Introduction and Support Article List - TB14450 to use the service.

First - Add LPR Port Monitor

This step applies to either Vista or Windows 7 or 8 standard install. Windows 7 Starter Edition must be upgraded to perform this required step.

Vista Windows 7/8
  1. Go to the Start Menu and select Control Panel
  2. Open Programs and Features
  3. Select Turn Windows features on or off from the side-bar tasks
  4. Click on the plus (+) to expand the Print Services menu tree
  5. Click to select (check) the LPR Port Monitor
  6. Click on OK
  7. Close the window and go on to the Add a Printer steps
  1. [Windows 7] Go to the Start Menu and select Control Panel

    [Windows 8] Search for Control Panel

  2. Open Programs, then Programs and Features
  3. Select Turn Windows features on or off from the side-bar tasks
  4. Click on the plus (+) to expand the Print and Document Services menu tree
  5. Click to select (check) the LPR Port Monitor
  6. Click on OK
  7. Close the window and go on to the Add a Printer steps
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Add Printer - Step 1

 

Vista Windows 7/8
  1. Go to Control Panel
  2. Open Printers. Currently installed printers are displayed in the window.
  3. Select Add a Printer from the menu bar.
  1. Go to Control Panel
  2. Open Hardware and Sound, then Devices and Printers. Currently installed printers are displayed in the window.
  3. Select Add a Printer from the menu bar.

 

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Add Printer - Step 2

Select Add a local printer

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Add Printer - Step 3

  1. Select Create a new port
  2. Choose LPR Port
  3. Click Next
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Add Printer - Step 4

  1. Enter "netprint.msu.edu" as the name or address of the server
  2. Enter "PrintLocker" as the name of the queue
  3. Click on OK

Note: If the error message Specified port cannot be added. The port already exists. displays:

  1. Go back to the previous step (Choose a printer port).
  2. Select "Use an existing port".
  3. Click on the port drop-down and select "netprint.msu.edu:PrintLocker".
  4. Click Next and go to the next step.
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Add Printer - Step 5

Select the printer driver for either the black & white printer or the color laser print.
  • For black and white printing:
    1. Select HP Laser Jet 8100 Series PCL from the printers list. Note: If the printer is not listed, select the Windows Update button to download the list of printers. This may take a few minutes. Alternatively, download the driver from hp.com and install it manually per their instructions. (Note: if HP does not have a PCL6 driver listed, the PCL5 driver or PCL (Microsoft) driver will work).
    2. Click Next
  • For color laser printing:
    1. Select HP Color Laser Jet 5550 Series PCL from the printers list. Note: If the printer is not listed, select the Windows Update button to download the list of printers. This may take a few minutes. Alternatively, download the driver from hp.com and install it manually per their instructions. (Note: if HP does not have a PCL6 driver listed, the PCL5 driver or PCL (Microsoft) driver will work).
    2. Click Next
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Add Printer - Step 6

Name the printer you've created:

Vista

Windows 7/8

  1. Enter "Netprint" as the name of the printer (suggested name).
  2. Uncheck the "Set as the default printer" selection if you do not want this to be the default.
  3. Click Next
  4. Click through the test print page.
  5. Click Finish after the printer is successfully installed.
  1. Enter "Netprint" as the name of the printer (suggested name).
  2. Click Next
  3. Uncheck the "Set as the default printer" selection if you do not want this to be the default.
  4. Click through the test print page.
  5. Click Finish after the printer is successfully installed.
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Additional Information

See Netprint: Introduction and Support Article List - TB14450 for additional information on how to print using Netprint on or off campus.

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Date Last Modified: 1/31/2014 4:31:18 PM

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