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When a user who is not an administrator tries to use the net use command to remap an LPT port to a network printer (for example, net use lpt1: \\printer server\print share), and the LPT port is already assigned to the local parallel port, the LPT port is not remapped. A use who is not an administrator can still map a network printer to an LPT port that is not already assigned to a local parallel-port.
This behavior occurs because only a member of the Administrators group can use the net use command to map the LPT port for a local (hardware) parallel port to a network printer. This behavior is designed to help improve security.
To work around this behavior, use one of the following methods:
The Devcon.exe tool is included with the Windows XP DDK. For more information about Devcon.exe, including how to download and run it, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/311272/ )The DevCon command-line utility functions as an alternative to Device Manager