Windows NT supports PostScript printers that uses industry-standard
PostScript Printer Description (PPD) files. Windows NT installs PPD files
using PRINTER.INF. This article provides detailed instructions on how to
modify PRINTER.INF so that you can install PPD files obtained from print
To install PPD files from print device manufacturers:
- Obtain the OEMSETUP.INF from the DDK in the
Rename the file to PRINTER.INF.
Obtain PPDInst.exe from the Microsoft Download Center. For more
information about how to obtain this file, see the "To Obtain
the PPDInst.exe File" section at the end of this article.
- Create a file called DISK1. The content does not matter. The Setup
procedure only checks to make sure it exists. If you perform the
installation on a non-Intel (x86) computer, name the file CDROM.W.
- Copy DISK1 (or CDROM.W), the PRINTER.INF file and your PPD file to a
floppy disk or a sub-directory on your hard disk.
- Copy PSCRIPT.DLL, PSCRPTUI.DLL and PSCRIPT.HLP from an existing Windows
NT installation to the floppy disk or the sub-directory on the hard
disk. If you install support for Intel-based (x86) computers, look for
these files in the following directory:
- The PRINTER.INF file installs support for one particular printer:
the HP LaserJet IIISi. To install support for your printer, do the
- Change each reference of RASDD to PSCRIPT and RASDDUI to PSCRPTUI.
- Modify the following section using a text editor, such as Notepad:
hppcl5ms = 1,hppcl5ms.dll , SIZE=999
Change the file name (for example: HPPCL5MS.DLL) to match the name
of the PPD file of your printer. HPPCL5MS is an identifier and it
does not require any change for your new PPD file name.
- If you change the identifier, you must also change it in the
[Options] section below:
"HP LaserJet IIISi" = rasddui, hppcl5ms, rasdd
Change HP LaserJet IIISi to match the name of your printer. To
determine the name, open the PPD file for your printer using a text
editor and search for the NickName. If you have changed the
identifier above, then you must change it in the following section:
"HP LaserJet IIISi" = "OEM HP LaserJet IIISi"
- In the [ProductType] section, make sure that STF_PLATFORM is correctly
set for your computer, as follows:
STF_PLATFORM = x
where x is Mips, I386, Alpha or PPC (PowerPC).
- If you are not installing the PPD file on an Intel-based computer,
change the following line in the [Source Media Descriptions] section
from DISK1 to CDROM.W:
1 = "OEM Disk (PRINTER)" , TAGFILE = disk1
- Start Windows NT Print Manager. From the Printer menu, select Create
- Enter the printer name and select a port.
- For Driver, select Other. Enter the drive and path of the printer
driver disk (the same directory on step 3 above).
- In the Select Driver dialog box, select the driver and click OK.
- In the Windows NT Setup dialog box, enter the drive and path of the
printer driver disk (the same directory on step 3 above) and click
NOTE: If you supply the Windows NT CD-ROM path instead of supplying the
driver disk path, the Setup program will successfully copy the
PostScript files, and then prompt for the directory where the PPD file
is located. At this point, the path cannot be changed back to the disk
directory and will only accept the CD-ROM path.
To Obtain the PPDInst.exe File
The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
Download Ppdinst.exe now
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For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services
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Article ID: 142057 - Last Review: November 1, 2006 - Revision: 4.2
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