Printing from DOS

Posted on 2006-06-08
Last Modified: 2010-04-26

We use a software package to track sales that is older than dust.  And, oh yea, it is DOS based!

We have three sales terminals, all running WinXP home edition.

Right now we can only print from ONE computer from the DOS based program.   That is because we only have one printer, hooked up with a parallel port.

How can we set this up for network printing?

Question by:pcc2000
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    This should help:

    Let me know if you have any questions.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Share that one printer.  Then connect to via the share on the other computers.  Finally, use the following command on each of the computers:

    NET USE LPT1: \\PCWithPrinterName\PrinterShare
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    Expert Comment

    by:Will Szymkowski
    Hello there,

    Might also want to mention is you do the following "net use" command above you might also want to add
    net use lpt1: \\server\printer /Persistent:yes

    The /persistent:yes will save the command so that you don't have to put it in again. If you don't put in the "persistent" the next time you reboot the computer you will have to do the command again.

    Hope this helps

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