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Map a USB printer port to an LPT port.

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I recently had a customer that needed to print from her old DOS based accounting package but it would not recognize her USB printer. She was running Win2k Pro on a legacy free machine and there was no way to map the USB printer port to an LPT port -- or so I thought. On a hunch I shared the printer and gave her exclusive access. Then I used NET USE to map the shared printer on her machine to LPT2.

NET USE LPT2 mypcmyprinter /persistent:yes

The persistent:yes switch preserves the mapping from session to session. This works on Win 2k Pro and NT 4.0 Workstation but Win98 won't allow you to map a local share locally. Too bad.

This was last published in April 2001

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