This article describes how to print using a program that is
running on a Virtual PC Guest PC.
To print by using a program that is running on a Virtual PC
Guest PC, use one of the following methods.
Method 1: Install a Network Printer
Install your host PC printer (or other network printer) as a
network printer on your Guest PC. To install a network printer on a Virtual PC
Guest PC, follow these steps:
- Make sure the Networking setting for your
Guest PC is not set to "None." To do so:
- Shut down the Guest PC.
- In the Virtual PC window, click the Guest PC that you
want to check, and then click Settings.
- Click Networking, and then verify that
None is not selected.
- For more information about the Shared Networking
(NAT) and Virtual Switch settings, see the
"Networking" topic in Virtual PC Help. To do so, click
Help, and then click Virtual PC Help.
- Share the printer on your host PC or another computer on
For additional information about sharing printers, see the
"Printing" topic in Windows help.
- Click Start, click Control
Panel, and then double-click Printers and Faxes.
- Right-click the printer you want to share, and then
- The options you see on the Sharing tab
differ depending on whether sharing is enabled on your computer.
- If you see text that states that printer sharing must
be turned on, run the Network Setup Wizard. To do so, click the Sharing tab, click Network Setup
Wizard, and then follow the
instructions on the screen. As soon as sharing is enabled, start this procedure again.
- If you see options for sharing or not sharing the
printer, continue to the next step.
- On the Sharing tab, click
Share this printer, and then type a share name for the shared
- Click OK, or if you have installed
additional drivers, click Close.
- Install the printer as a network printer on your Guest PC. To do so:
- Open Printers and Faxes, and then
click Add a Printer.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to install a network
Method 2: Use the LPT1 setting in Virtual PC
If you have a printer that is installed on the parallel port of your host
PC, associate the emulated port on the Guest PC with a parallel
port on the host PC and then print from the Guest PC to your
printer. To do so:
- Shut down the Guest PC.
- In the Virtual PC window, click the Guest PC
that you want to check, and then click Settings.
- Click LPT1, and then under
LPT1, click your host PC parallel port where there is a printer
Note If you enable the LPT port in a Guest PC after the operating
system is installed, the LPT port may have to be configured on the Guest
Article ID: 824505 - Last Review: June 20, 2014 - Revision: 2.0
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