"Access Denied" message when connecting to a networked printer using the "Net Use" command

Posted on 2006-06-06
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
Good Afternoon Experts,

I have a small problem with a networked printer. I've installed a printer on the Windows 2000 server and shared it on the Network. I've given everyone permissions to use the printer.

I have used the NET USE command to map a printer port to the shared printer like this:


The problem is I keep getting an "Access Denied" message every time I try and print form the DOS Prompt. What am I doing wrong?



Question by:davidtotty
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    Accepted Solution

    I assume you are on a domain?
    Try this:
    NET USE LPT3: \\SERVERNAME\PRINTER /user:domain\administrator
    When prompted for the password, enter the domain administrator password.  If the printer shares successfully, then you have a permissions issue.  If not then we need to keep looking.

    Post the results of the /user: after you have tried it and we will take it from there.

    Author Comment

    Morning Gary,

    You were correct in your assumption I am on a domain.

    The problem I had was that even from the Server when I was logged on as the Administrator I still couldn't print from the DOS Prompt using DIR>LPT3:

    I thought about it over night (as you do) and I had a look at the printer settings again this morning. I discovered that while I was trying different settings yesterday I had set the printer to “Print directly to the Printer”. Once I’d set it back to “Spool print documents so program finishes faster” I stopped getting the “Access Denied” message and was able to print.

    Thanks for all your help I’m sure this will help someone else in the future.



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