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Author: Vladimir Vitlin

Printing via parallel port LPT interface on virtual Windows XP under Hyper-V

The main benefit of Windows XP mode on Windows 7 (virtual Windows XP instance under Hyper-V) would be to run legacy DOS applications or other older software that may not be compatible with newer versions of Windows. Also, some of those beasts would not know any better than to print directly to a hardware parallel printer port or LPT. For example, one of that legacy software is FoxPro. The LPT requirement presents a clear challenge since Microsoft did not provide an interface or driver for virtual Windows XP instance to access the host’s printer ports.

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