Microsoft, if you are listening, there should be a better way to print to\nthe LPT port in VPC2004 SP1. How about an "SP2" that alleviates the\ninvonvenience of doing the following just to print from a virtual machine???\n\nThe problem is that by default Windows will grab control of the LPT port -\nif a printer is present - and it will not give up control. There are -\nhowever - two ways that the user can make Windows give up control of the LPT\nport:\n\n1.. Run 'net stop spooler' prior to launching the virtual machine. Note\nthat this will temporarily disable printing on the host operating system.\nOnce you are done with the virtual machine you can re-enable printing by\nrunning 'net start spooler'.\n\n\n2.. Run 'sc config spooler start= disabled' and reboot your physical\ncomputer. This will permanently disable printing on the host operating\nsystem and ensure that Virtual PC can always access the LPT port.