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I can get a local printer to print from xp mode but I have to pick the correct port and I can not I dentify which port belongs to which printer. Is there a way to make this more consistant?

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Question:  Why are you using xp mode to print locally from a Windows 7 machine.  I think your best work around is to fix it so that you dont have to use xp mode if possible.  Give me a little more information and I am sure I can help you fix it.

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We have a lagacy application that will only run on xp.
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After doing some research I have found that this is a known issue (microsoft is aware of it) but I dont think they seem too intent on fixing it.  There are a few workarounds.  Most of them don't seem too helpful but this one might work, it is a quote from a Microsoft Support Engenieer.  

".....after the install you can print a test page to figure out which printer is which and then change both the printer name and port name to indicate the appropriate printer.  This may be tedious, but you'll only have to do it once."

So, as I understand it, after you determine which is which once, right click, rename both the printer and the port to be similar so that you can tell them apart in the future.
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Thanks for checking I guess I will have to put up with it until we upgrade our acounting system :-(
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One followup thing to try. How about running the application in compatibility mode.  Right click the Icon from within Win7, then select properties.  Then Compatibility Tab, and check run in compatibility mode, choose xp from the drop down.  If your program will run this way it will keep you from having to run a virtual xp and the printing should be handled via the Win7 print drivers.  Just a thought.

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