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JSI Tip 2955. When you try to print from Windows NT 4.0, you receive 'Network Name Cannot Be Found'?

When you print to a locally attached printer in Windows NT 4.0, you receive:

Error writing to <printer_port>: for document <document_name:> The network name cannot be found.

If you have mapped the local printer port to a network drive, this condition can happen.

To fix the problem, use Regedt32 to navigate to:


Select the subkey that represents the local port that is mapped to a network drive and delete it.

Exit Regedt32 and restart your computer.

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