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How do I capture an LPT port in XP Home

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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How do I capture an LPT port in XP Home

by saihib In reply to How do I capture an LPT p ...

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.

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by gmiller In reply to How do I capture an LPT p ...

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

Thanks all the same.

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How do I capture an LPT port in XP Home

by Joseph Moore In reply to How do I capture an LPT p ...

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.

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How do I capture an LPT port in XP Home

by gmiller In reply to How do I capture an LPT p ...

Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!

It works like a charm.

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