The network traffic increases after you try to use a remote printer in Microsoft Windows XP

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After you try to use a remote Lexmark printer over a virtual private network (VPN) connection, network traffic may increase. The increased network traffic can severely decrease performance on slow network links.
This problem may occur if you have Lexmark and HP printer drivers installed. For example, you may have a local HP printer and use a remote Lexmark printer on the network.

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.


No prerequisites are required.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
Windows XP 32-bit edition
   Date         Time   Version       Size    File name   ------------------------------------------------------   07-May-2004  17:32  5.1.2600.109  86,528  Win32spl.dll 
Windows XP 64-Bit edition
   Date         Time   Version       Size     File name      Platform   ------------------------------------------------------------------   20-Dec-2002  14:59  5.1.2600.109  264,192  Win32spl.dll   IA-64   19-Dec-2002  22:33  5.1.2600.109   86,528  Wwin32spl.dll  x86
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.
More information
For additional information about standard terminology used to describe software updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Article ID: 811896 - Last Review: 01/17/2015 08:46:00 - Revision: 4.0

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