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Use 'net use' command to connect printer

I have a printer that is connected via a parallel port to a PC (Win 2K) on our Windows 2000 network.

I want everyone on the network to be able to use this printer, so I have shared it and given 'Everyone' all permissions for this printer in the security tab.

I have some PCs on the network that are used by more than one person, so they have many profiles on them.

What do I have to do so that whenever ANYONE logs in to ANY PC on the network, they should get connected to this printer and be able to use it?

I have tried using 'Add Printer' on each PC, but if I install the printer using 'Add Printer' it only installs for the profile I am logged in as, not for everyone on that PC. I have tried this as Administrator too, but still everyone on that PC does not get the printer.

I have been told to use the 'net use' command, but don't know how to use it or whether it is the right solution.

Can you help? Thanks.
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8/22/2022 - Mon

I have addressed this issue in a couple of other EE postings..

See these for the answers:




Way too much suff was typed to "retype"... :)


Another couple of options.

You can also add the printer as a local printer (tcp/ip port). As it appears to the pc that it is a local printer it will be available in all user profiles on that pc.

I personally use Kixtart in my logon script to map printers, it's pretty simple stuff but does the job nicely. All the info you need is at http://www.kixtart.org

Thanks all.

GrahamOrr: Can you please show me how to add the printer as a local printer (TCP/IP port). I am a bit of a novice at these things.

I want to do this in the simplest and quickest way possible without any 'extra' stuff as far as possible, and this method seems to be pretty simple. Just that I don't know how to do it!

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do following to add as tcp/ip port,

make sure you use static IP address,

-click on addd printer
-select local printer
-unckeck automatic detect printer
- select create new port
-select standard TCP/ip port from drop down
- type Ip address
-click next/ok
- select printer driver or install from cd by using browse
-click ok
-type printer name
-type printer shared name


Run this from either Command Prompt or the Run command line on the computers in question:

rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /ga /n\\printserver\printer /j"LanMan Print Services"

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Thanks mak.

I don't know which IP address to put in. The printer doesn't have an IP address because it is connected via the parallel port to a PC on the network (see my question). So the printer does not have a network connection.

Do I put in the PCs IP address that the printer is connected to?

Thanks Whiggy.

I tried your solution and checked the Microsoft page too, but I always get the error 'Access denied'.

I have shared the printer and given Everyone all permissions and the drivers are located on a network drive that everyone has access to.

Can you help?

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Thanks all.

Thanks Whiggy; it worked perfectly!
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James Murphy

I just used this as well and it seems to work well.  Will this printer be persistent across reboots?  Thank you.