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How to install a new printer to the LPT printer or parallel port.

    IMPORTANT: This procedure must be performed while logged in as Administrator or to an account with Administrator rights.


    • Check the printer manufacturer's Web site for the latest drivers for the Windows XP operating system before proceeding. Some printers do not function properly without updated drivers.
    • If the specific third-party printer requires a Setup or Install program to install properly, contact the third-party printer manufacturer for the proper installation procedure.
    1. Connect the printer cable to the appropriate port on the computer.
    2. Turn on the printer.
    3. Click the Start button then click Control Panel.
    4. In the Control Panel window, double-click the Printers and Other Hardware icon.
    5. In the Printers and Other Hardware window, under Pick a task... , click the Add a printer button.
    6. In the Add Printer Wizard window, click the Next button.
    7. In the Network or Local Printer window, click to select Local printer... .
    8. Click to clear the Automatically detect and install... box.
    9. Click the Next button.
    10. In the Select a Printer Port window, click to select Use the following port: .
    11. Click the down arrow and click to select LPT1: (Recommended printer port).
    12. Click the Next button.
    13. In the Install Printer Software window, select the appropriate printer.

      NOTE: If a new driver has been downloaded or was included with the printer, click the Have Disk... button, and type the appropriate path.

    14. Click the Next button.
    15. In the Name Your Printer window, click the Next button.

      NOTE: If another printer driver is installed, the option to make the new printer the default printer will be available. This will also occur if the other drivers installed are for a fax application or a PDF writer.

    16. In the Print Test Page window, click the Next button.
    17. In the Completing the Add Printer Wizard window, click the Finish button.
    18. In the A test page is now being sent... box, click the OK button.