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Windows Printing Using LPR Protocol

Setting LPR printer on WindowsOS Vista/7/8/10/11

Note: Before following this steps, make sure you already have Universal Postscript drivers install on your machine.

To print using LPR mode, there are 2 steps to follow:

Step 1. Enable LPR support on Windows

To install LPR support on Windows Vista and Windows 7/8/10/11:

    1. Go to the Control Panel
    2. Choose Programs
      Select Programs
    3. Under Program Features choose ‘Turn Windows features on or off
      turn off windows feature
    4. If asked enter credential for admin account and click Continue when prompted
    5. Click the drop-down box next to Print and Document Services
    6. Select LPR Port Monitor
    7. Click OK and wait until the LPR Port installation is completed.

Your workstation now has the ability to print to an LPR print server.

Step 2. Add LPR printer Queue.
  1. Add A Printer.
    Depending on which Windows OS you have, the steps to add printer is a bit different.
    For Windows Vista/7

    – Go to Start, select Control Panel and select Devices and Drivers
    – Right click in the window that opens and choose Add Printer

    For Windows 10/11

    – Go to Start, select Settings
    – Under Devices, Select Printers and Scanners
    – At the top of the Printers & Scanners window, click the button labelled [+] Add Printer or Scanner and the system will search for available printers.
    – click The Printer I want isn’t listed as shown below:

  2. Add a local Printer
    – A Windows will open, choose [+] Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings.
    – Click next.
  3. Create an LPR port if one does not exist yet for the printer
    – Choose Create a new port and select from the dropdown LPR Port.
      • Click Next
      • Right click in the window that opens and choose Add Printer
      • Choose Add a local printer
      • Choose Create a new port:
      • Select port type LPR port
        LPR Port
      • Click Next
      • Type: for server providing lpd
      • Type: the exact queue name you wish to print to. Example: core3, core3c, hill3, lp4 or see a list of available printers.


      • Click Next
  4. Select a Universal Postscript Driver.
    – Browse Manufacturer list and choose HP
    – Choose the driver under Printer column, look for Universal HP Driver PS driver you just installed. Make sure you choose PS version for Postscript driver and click Ok
    Select HP Universal Driver or Have Disk
    – If the Universal HP Driver is not shown, click the Have Disk… button look at it manually in C:\HP Universal Driver folder and let it search for .inf file automatically.
    -Name the printer something meaningful, like after the queue name. Example: hill3 in this case.
    – When asked, do not share the printer.
  5. Repeat this for every printers you want to print to.
Note on Printing Test Page
Except for the poster printer, artisan, after setting up your printer driver, please send 1 simple test page to the printer to make sure your setup is correct before sending a large job.
Checking your print jobs
To check if your print job is printed, make sure the jobs have left your computer local print queue.  Once it left your computer, open a browser to

For more info see list of Computer Science Public Printers page.