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 Post subject: Printing to a USB printer from a DOS application
 Post Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:06 pm 
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I run some DOS based software under Windows XP Pro. I no longer have
a parallel printer. How can I get DOS programs to print to USB
printers?


DOS applications cannot normally print to USB printers, instead they only
understand conventional serial and parallel ports. The key to printing to
USB printers from DOS based applications is to share the USB connected
printer, then redirect the LPT port to the shared printer. Here are the
specifics:

How to print to a network printer from an MS-DOS-based program in Windows
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314499

The following page contains the same information, with a bit more detail:

Connecting an MS-Dos Application to a Printer on a USB Port on Windows
http://www.decompile.com/DATAFLEX/TIPS/USB_printer.htm

If you have problems with Windows redirection, then you might try using a
commercial printer redirect application like Printfil:
http://www.printfil.com


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