Windows 7: Can I print from an old MSDOS db program to a USB printer?

By abi ·
I'm not terribly techy, so forgive the verbage should I use it poorly, or fail to use it at all. My office uses MS-DOS based database program, Q&A. We just upgraded all our machines, which now run Windows 7. My old machine was running XP. I have a local printer only I use, a Brother Laserjet, USB connection. On XP, I could do the 'net use' thing from the cmd prompt and print out of Q&A on an LPT1 port... but with 7, it asks me for usernames & passwords which are always wrong even though they shouldn't be and then I get a big fat 'Access denied'... I've seen some software applications that are supposed to redirect, and heard about some converter that i can plug in to turn my USB connection into a parallel port, buuuuut, i'm skeptical. Anyone have a solution for this?

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OK, that isn't MSDOS at all.

by seanferd In reply to Windows 7: Can I print fr ...

It is the CMD (command) environment. Anything based off NT doesn't have DOS.

But anyway, that is just 7 doing its security thing. the username/password should be that of a user with privileges to execute such an action in your environment. Is this just your computer, or is it a standalone or domain workstation in an enterprise network?

If it is your very own system, the Admin password should work. Otherwise, see your network administrator.

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MS-DOS based database program, Q&A

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Windows 7: Can I print fr ...

What is this running on?

I haven't seen that program since the 286 Days a very long time ago now and it wouldn't work on the early Windows so what is it running on and how are you accessing it under Windows 7?

I'm not sure about the printing bit but you would have to have it running before you can print anything from it. This is one of the applications that I would expect Windows 7 to be completely incompatible with.


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by Jellimonsta In reply to Windows 7: Can I print fr ...

You will probably need to share your local USB printer, and then map it to an LPT port using NET USE (which is most likely what you did with XP).

Open the printer's Property Page

Select the Sharing tab
Select the Share this printer radio button
In the Share name: box, key the name you want to use as the printer's share name.

Open a command prompt and type:

net use lpt1: \\computername\printersharename /persistent:yes


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Any extra steps for the virtual machine?

by TobiF In reply to Share

As I've read somewhere else, some older programs may not work in Win7, unless they're run within the virtual XP machine, which comes with Win7.

But, if this is the case, then there may be some additional steps to connect the LPT in the virtual environment to the USB printer?

I don't have Win7 handy to try anything. I bought one computer, configured it over night and sent with DHL to my wife the next day.

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