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How To Make a Local Printer Available During a Connection to a Remote Desktop in Windows XP Professional
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By default, when you try to print from a program that is running on a computer that you are connected to with a Remote Desktop connection, you can gain access to printers that are available to the remote Windows XP Professional-based computer. You can make a local printer (for example, a printer that is on the client computer) available for printing. This article describes how to make a local printer available for printing while you use the Remote Desktop feature.
The Remote Desktop feature is based on Terminal Services technology. When you use Remote Desktop, you can run programs from any other client that is running Windows XP Professional on a remote computer. When you do this, you can gain access to your Windows XP Professional-based desktop from almost any remote connection, that provides secure access to programs, files, and network resources.
When you use Remote Desktop from a Windows XP-based client computer, many of the client's resources, such as files and printers, are available in the Remote Desktop connection. You can route printing jobs from the remote Windows XP-based desktop to a printer that is attached to your local computer. When you log the client onto the remote computer, the local printer is detected and the appropriate printer driver is installed on the remote computer.
To make a local printer available in a Remote Desktop session:
Note that when you click Connect, the settings that you specify in the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box are used as the default settings for all new connections. On the General tab in the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box, you can save a collection of settings to a Remote Desktop file. When you do this, you can create different groups of settings for connections to different remote desktops.