Printing to LPT Port

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Jeff Lloyd, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. Jeff Lloyd

    Jeff Lloyd Guest

    Microsoft, if you are listening, there should be a better way to print to
    the LPT port in VPC2004 SP1. How about an "SP2" that alleviates the
    invonvenience of doing the following just to print from a virtual machine???

    The problem is that by default Windows will grab control of the LPT port -
    if a printer is present - and it will not give up control. There are -
    however - two ways that the user can make Windows give up control of the LPT

    1.. Run 'net stop spooler' prior to launching the virtual machine. Note
    that this will temporarily disable printing on the host operating system.
    Once you are done with the virtual machine you can re-enable printing by
    running 'net start spooler'.

    2.. Run 'sc config spooler start= disabled' and reboot your physical
    computer. This will permanently disable printing on the host operating
    system and ensure that Virtual PC can always access the LPT port.
    Jeff Lloyd, Mar 21, 2006
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  2. Jeff Lloyd

    HiBaller Guest

    Why not make your host printer shared, then you can just attach it from the
    HiBaller, Mar 21, 2006
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  3. Jeff Lloyd

    Jeff Lloyd Guest

    Already done that, but that doesn't work for some of the older OS's that
    cannot connect to a shared printer.
    Jeff Lloyd, Mar 21, 2006
  4. If you contact product support there is a hotfix for this.
    Benjamin Armstrong
    Virtual machine Program Manager

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    Ben Armstrong [MSFT], Mar 21, 2006
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