Install Windows Xp Built-in Fax Service
Have you ever thought of using your Windows XP computer as a fax machine? What if you didn’t even have to purchase any software to make the program work? If you’ve installed a fax board or a modem on your computer (or have a way to attach a phone line) then you’ll be able to use Windows XP as a fax machine. As the service isn’t installed by default, you’ll need to make sure it’s properly set up.
It’s a great way for people with home offices to save, especially when they work for companies that have been reluctant to let go of fax machines. At least, Faxing with the computer allows you to send the Fax to a printer and eliminates one more ancient office machine.
Have you ever pulled a fax out of a machine and it’s completely tattered? What’s the most irritating piece of technology in the office? Your fax machine. Ask a person who’s had a problem with a fax, and they’ll probably tell you what a nightmare hardcopy faxing can be. It’s amazing to think that people still use hardcopy fax machines.
To install Windows XP’s built in fax software, first click “start”. Next, select “add/remove programs”. Then choose “add/remove windows components”.
When the window opens, scroll through and make sure the Fax Services box is checked. Click ‘Next’ and follow the prompts. You will be asked to insert your Windows XP CD. Click ‘Finish’ when the Wizard is done.
The configuration for the program can be found by selecting the following choices: Start –> All Programs –> Accessories –> Communications –> Fax –> Fax Console.
The fax configuration wizard will now start. When it is running, follow the steps and put any relevant information that you have available into the program. You’ll have to choose which modem to use (usually the first one that is hilighted), As well you’ll need to pick if you want your computer to be able to have the ability to send or receive faxes.
Enter the TSID information: Info that appears as a header when you send a Fax and the CSID information that is displayed on the sending fax machine. (The TSID and CSID usually consist of a fax number and business name.)
Another option to configure is whether you want the fax machine to automatically or manually answer the phone line. Automatically answering will mean that when the phone line rings, the fax will automatically answer the phone and try to receive a fax. Manually means that when the phone line rings, you will have to be at your computer and press a button in order for the fax part of the Windows XP fax to pick up and answers the line.
Done! Now you can send and/or receive faxes! If you want to of course. You can manage your Faxes by clicking ‘Start’, Accessories’, ‘Communications’, ‘Fax’.