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    How do I capture an LPT port in XP Home

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    by gmiller ·

    In Windows XP Home: I need to capture a local LPT port address for a network printer, to enable a DOS app to print to the network printer.
    The DOS app can only print to LPT1, LPT2 or LPT3 and the printer is attached to a different PC.
    The remote printer has been shared as \\Reception\FX100.
    When XP connects to the remote printer it refers to it as “FX100 on Reception” but in XP there doesn’t appear to be any way to redirect an LPT port to the network printer

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    • #3545615

      How do I capture an LPT port in XP Home

      by saihib ·

      In reply to How do I capture an LPT port in XP Home

      XP Home doesn’t support network printing. Microsoft really locked down this version as far as network functionality. XP Pro will do the trick. Yeah, I know, you already forked out the money for XP and didn’t get what you wanted. Tell it to Bill Gates.

      • #3558191

        How do I capture an LPT port in XP Home

        by gmiller ·

        In reply to How do I capture an LPT port in XP Home

        The NET USE command worked perfectly (see Answer 2), so I didn’t need to buy XP Pro after all.

        Thanks all the same.

    • #3549589

      How do I capture an LPT port in XP Home

      by joseph moore ·

      In reply to How do I capture an LPT port in XP Home

      I checked Technet and there were a bunch of articles on XP Home and networked printing. So, it looks like XP Home can print to a networked printer.
      Try the old Net Use command to map LPT1 port to the shared network printer:

      NET USE LPT1 \\SERVER\SHAREDPRINTERNAME /persistent:yes

      Run that line, replacing the server name and shared printer name. It should map LPT1 port to the network printer and let you spool print jobs.

      Hope this helps.

    • #3558190

      How do I capture an LPT port in XP Home

      by gmiller ·

      In reply to How do I capture an LPT port in XP Home

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