Setup your USB printer for legacy applications

USB to Serial Dec 10, 2008

If you have used legecy applications which always use Serial port (Lpt1) as default printing port, and you have no printer selection option (and even if you do and it doesn't show USB as an option just lpt1 and lpt2 ) you could be scrathing your head,

but wait there is a fix and its simple

  1. Share your printer
  2. Note down the share name in format of \\Computer-Name\Printer-Name
  3. Go to command prompt and type in net use lpt1: \\Computer-Name\Printer-Name /persistent:yes
Here lpt1: can also be lpt2: if you use a serial port printer in lpt1 and persistent: yes makes this available even after reboot.