How can I let nonadministrative users redirect LPT1?

A. Windows XP Professional and Windows 2000 don't let nonadministrative users redirect the LPT1 port (i.e., net use lpt1 \\server\printer /yes). To work around this restriction (e.g., for legacy applications that require users to print to a redirected LPT1 port), you can disable LPT1 in Device Manager so that users can redirect LPT1. Perform the following steps:

  1. Start Device Manager (go to Start, Programs, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, and select Device Manager).
  2. Expand Ports (COM & LPT).
  3. Right-click Printer Port (LPT1), then select Properties.
  4. Under "Device usage," select "Do not use this device (disable)."
  5. Click OK.

Disabling LPT1 in Device Manager makes it a logical port (such as LPT2 and LPT3) instead of a physical port.

TAGS: Windows 8
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