What is the best way to create free pdf files in Windows XP and Windows 7?

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I usually use a Mac where save as PDF is built into the printer drivers.  I am administering many PCs where they need to create PDF files from online forms via Internet Explorer.
What is the best way to create free pdf files on Windows XP and Windows 7?  Thanks
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We use CutePDF

http://www.cutepdf.com/
I like the products by Fineprint... http://fineprint.com/

In particular, PDFFactory works very well, but you can compare features here:
http://fineprint.com/compare-products/

Although they are for sale, I believe they are shareware and can be used without purchase for an extended period of time...
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Please ensure that Hanccocka gets the credit for this, but the specific URL you want to download CutePDF can be found here:

http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp

Be sure to download the "Get Zipped Setup" package linked on the left side of the page.  You will need to install the GNU Ghostscript interpreter, also.  That being said, CutePDF is terrific!  We have installed it on all of the WinXP and Win7 machines on our domain, and it works flawlessly... no watermarks, etc.
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I use SourceForge's PDFCreator: http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/
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If using Office, There is a native Save as PDF feature you can dl and deploy....if it is not already installed....

pdf995 from here
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Just to expand upon Johnb6767's good advice, the Microsoft Office suite has included built-in Save as PDF functionality ever since Office 2007 Service Pack 2 was released.

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http://www.primopdf.com is a very nice tool for free

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Since you mention "many PCs", PDFCreator may be a solution.

You can install it as a "Server" on one computer. This will install a virtual printer that you can share over the network, and you will have a PDF printer monitor application on the server.

You can configure many settings, including saving pdfs in a folder on the server, to different subfolders, and many options for naming the pdfs.

Also, it is a free solution. Just be careful to review the install options and opt out of the adware.
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If you're looking for a nice and free software then you should try "PDF Creator"

Link to the software:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/files/PDFCreator/PDFCreator%201.2.2/PDFCreator-1_2_2_setup.exe/download

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Thanks. Very simple and excellent solution.
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You're welcome!  I think you will be quite pleased with CutePDF.  It's freeware, and it doesn't place watermarks on your PDF files.  As I mentioned previously, we have installed it on thousands of Windows XP/Windows 7 machines on our domain and it has always been reliable & trouble-free.

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