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We had to deal with this when I worked for a former employer.  You have to share the printer (even if you’re not on a network), then use the “net use” command from a DOS command prompt to assign the LPT1 port (or whatever port your software sends print data to) to the shared printer.  I don’t recall the exact syntax, but Google for “dos print net use”, and you should be able to find some instructions on the Microsoft knowledge base or somewhere else.


Hope that helps.


-- Joel


From: Daryl Richardson [mailto:h.d.richardson(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, February 13, 2009 1:15 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: DOS to Windows Printing Problem


Fellow engineers,


        I've just replaced my old Epson EPL 7000 printer (which prints from the parallel port) with a new HP LaserJet 1018 printer (which prints from a UPS hub) for reasons of toner cost and availability for the old printer.  I am using Windows XP Professional as an operating system.


        My problem is that I am also using a DOS based spreadsheet (PlanPerfect version 5) winch is compatible with DOS based WordPerfect version 5 as far as exchanging information is concerned; and I can not get either program to print directly to the new printer.  The printer does work with newer programs.


        I can export PlanPerfect spreadsheets to WordPerfect 5 and on to WordPerfect 10 with some reformatting required.  I can also export to Lotus 123 and on to Excel with some reformatting required.  I would rather find a way to print directly.  Rewriting the PlanPerfect spreadsheets in Lotus or Excel is a job that would take weeks, which I do not want to spend in this effort.


        Any ideas?


        Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.




H. Daryl Richardson

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