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If the printer is part of a domain you're already connected to it's not so bad; just type the name. If you're setting up an IP printer manually, though, well....
Here's the first walkthrough that comes up:
I'm particularly a fan of step three (where, in order to set up an IP network printer, you tell Windows you're configuring a local printer attached to the computer).
Step 14 is also rather entertaining. That's the step where you have to select your printer model from a very long list of models, in a tiny little pane that can't be resized.
I also rather like that one has to take a break from the printer set-up wizard to use the port setup wizard, and when one is done, there are two things the user has to worry about in Windows if anything goes wrong: the printer configuration and a network port configuration.
For the same of comparison, here's how to set up an IP printer in OS X:
2) Click the plus button under the printer list
3) Click 'IP Printer'
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4) Choose a protocol (LPD, IPP, HP Jet Direct)
5) Type in a queue name, IP address, and the name and location you want displayed for the printer
6) As soon as you type in the IP, OS X will query the printer to find out what model it is, and automatically make the right driver selection.
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7) Click 'Add'.
That's it. Seven steps rather than 23, and they actually make sense, even.
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