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This article discusses the different modes that you can use to print from a Microsoft Windows-based virtual machine in Virtual PC.
Printing Modes for Virtual PCVirtual PC 5.0 and later has three modes that you can use to print:
When you use Networked printing, Windows sends your document to a Windows-based networked printer by using Windows-based printer drivers. Network printing takes full advantage of your printer's printing features.
When you use USB printing, Windows sends your document directly to the printer, either through USB or through the network. USB printing takes full advantage of your printer's printing features.
The following methods explain how to configure and to install the various printing options for Virtual PC versions 5 and 6.
Method 1: Configure Emulated Printing in WindowsIf you installed your own copy of Windows, you must use Add Printer Wizard in Windows to install the appropriate Macintosh printer.
Mac OS SetupIf you have never printed to your printer from a Macintosh program before, you must install the appropriate Macintosh printer drivers (if they are not already installed) and select your printer in the Apple Mac OS 9 Chooser or in the Apple Mac OS X Printer Center as the default printer. See the appropriate Apple Mac OS Help Center topic for more information about how to install and configure printer drivers. Note Because there are several versions of Microsoft Windows, the following steps may be different on your computer. If they are, see your product documentation to complete these steps.
Windows-Based Virtual Machine Setup
Install the Macintosh Printer (Inkjet) Driver
Install the Macintosh Printer (PostScript) Driver
Method 2: Configure Network PrintingIf you are printing to a printer that is attached to a Windows-based network, follow these steps:
Mac OS SetupNo setup is required in Mac OS. Network printing does not use the Macintosh computer's printing system.
Windows-Based Virtual Machine Setup
Method 3: Configure USB PrintingTo take full advantage of your USB printer's printing features, you must configure Windows with specific knowledge about your printer. To use USB printing, your printer must be connected directly to your Macintosh computer by using a USB cable. If your printer uses a USB-to-serial port adapter or a USB-to-parallel port adapter, you must use Emulated printing.
USB printing also requires a USB printer driver for Windows. Earlier versions of Windows (Microsoft Windows 95 and Windows NT) cannot use USB printing because these operating systems do not include support for USB devices. When you are running a virtual machine that is configured to use USB printing, the printer is not available to Mac OS or to other virtual machines.
Mac OS SetupNo setup is required in Mac OS. USB printing does not use the Macintosh computer's printing system.
Virtual PC Setup
Typically, the printer is automatically returned to the control of Mac OS when you close the virtual machine window, or when you quit Virtual PC. Sometimes, the printer may not appear in Mac OS when Virtual PC releases it. If this problem occurs, physically turn off the printer, disconnect its USB cable, turn the printer on, and then reconnect it.
Windows-Based Virtual Machine SetupThe Windows USB printer setup procedure for a virtual machine is the same as the procedure that you follow for a real personal computer. If you have the CD that came with the printer, follow the instructions that came with it. If you downloaded the printer driver from the printer manufacturer, follow the instructions that came with the driver. Make sure that you follow the manufacturer' instructions exactly. The order that you perform the steps in can be crucial.
Note Epson printers require special setup instructions.
For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824613For more information about how to print from Virtual PC 6.0, see the help topic How to Print with Virtual PC:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/824613/ )How to Use Epson USB Printers with Virtual PC
Article ID: 824366 - Last Review: September 10, 2011 - Revision: 3.0