Adding a Printer Through Server and Printer Name

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The second way to add a printer still makes use of the Add Printer Wizard, but you will use a different option, and you must know the name of the printer you wish to use. Use this method if you are using a personal machine. This guide is for adding a printer in Microsoft Windows XP. For Windows 7, see here.

Step 1 - Starting the Add Printer Wizard

To start the Add Printer wizard, click on the Start button, then click on Printers and Faxes. If Printers and Faxes is not available on the Start Menu, click on Control Panel, then on Printers and Faxes.

Figure 1 - Opening the Printer Wizard

Once this opens, click on "Add a Printer" in the upper-left, as shown in Figure 1. Click NEXT to proceed to the Local or Network Printer page. Choose the second option, "A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer", and hit NEXT to proceed to the next step.

Step 2 - Enter in the Print Server and Printer Name

You should now be looking at the Specify a Printer page. Make sure the second option, "Connect to this printer", is chosen and click in the blank. You must fill in this blank with the print server and the queue of the printer that you wish to use. The print server is, and the queue is the name of the printer. Fill in the blank in the following format:

  \\\<printer's name>
Figure 2 - Entering the Server and Printer Name

Figure 2 shows an example where we are connecting to the printer HIPPOGRIFF. As you can see, we have entered "\\\hippogriff" in the blank. Once you have filled in the blank, click NEXT to proceed to the next step.

Step 3 - Authenticate to the Print Server

Your computer may take a moment to contact our print server, but eventually a login prompt should appear. You must authenticate with your WOLFTECH-domain login and password, which should be identical to your NCSU unityID and password. For questions about your WOLFTECH login and password, email

  • Enter your username as
Figure 3 - Entering Your Login Information

Figure 3 shows an example of the login prompt and how to enter your username and password. After you have entered your username and password, click OK and the computer will attempt to add the printer.

Step 4 - Finish the Wizard

If successful, the wizard will then ask if you wish to use this printer as your default printer. Choose either Yes or No, then click NEXT and you will come to the end of the wizard. Figure 4 below shows the summary screen of the Add Printer Wizard. Click FINISH to finish the wizard and the new printer will show up in the Printers and Faxes window and be available for printing in applications on your computer.