When I try to print to a parallel device (lpt1) I receive error: System could not find the file.

A. A. This is usually caused by the parallel service not running. To check/fix perform the following:

  1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Parallel
  3. Double click on Start
  4. If the value is 0 it means the service will start to early in the bootup so change this to 2 and click OK
  5. Close the registry editor
  6. Reboot the machine

If you still have problems also check the Parport and ParVdm services under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ as theses are also needed for parallel printing.

Another cause for this error is if LPT1 is disabled via the system BIOS so you should also check this.

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