Windows 7 and Windows Fax

K_Wilke
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Hello all,
I have never been asked this until this past week.
In Windows 7 there is Windows Fax under printers.
Can you send reports to this printer and have it fax the report to another fax machine without having a modem attached to your computer or network?
If not then why does Windows 7 come with this Windows fax?
Thanks,
Kelly W
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Can you send reports to this printer and have it fax the report to another fax machine without having a modem attached to your computer or network?

No

If not then why does Windows 7 come with this Windows fax?

The modem is required to make the windows fax app work.
Tom CieslikIT Engineer
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Commented:
Modem or MFC (Multi function printer)
If you will install in your system let say Brother MFC (Printer / Scanner / Fax) then you going to be able use Windows Fax features
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Can you send reports to this printer and have it fax the report to another fax machine without having a modem attached to your computer  <-- As noted earlier, No.

No modem = use a fax service (Google for such) .  These are paid services.

You can purchase and add a modem card for your computer if you wish to go that route
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer
Commented:
Jackie and Tom are correct.  To FAX directly from a PC still requires a FAX-capable modem.

The reason the FAX modem appears is because the FAX service is installed in Windows as a default.  It can be removed using Windows programs-and-features setup.  My guess is that it's included by default because there are several hundred different modems capable of FAX, some serial and some USB, all requiring unique drivers, and it is not reasonable for Windows to take the time during installation to probe for and try to identify which one is present -- if any.

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Thank you all very much.
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You are very welcome - Happy to help

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