Setting up LPR Printing on Windows 7/8

On Windows 7 and 8, the default installation does not install lpr command. In order to test PCL fonts on a network printer, you need to install this command first. This article shows how.

Procedure 1. Procedure to install LPR command on Windows

  1. Click Start and choose Control Panel.

  2. Select Programs and Features.

  3. Select Turn Windows features on or off from the menu on the left.

  4. In the Windows Features on or off window that appears, click on the + sign in front of Print and Document Services and check the boxes for LPD Print Service and LPR Port Monitor. Click OK.

  5. Open command promp and enter lpr/?. You should see the following output, which indicates that the command is installed correctly.

    C:\Users\morovia>lpr /?
    Sends a print job to a network printer
    Usage: lpr -S server -P printer [-C class] [-J job] [-o option] [-x] [-d] filename
          -S server    Name or ipaddress of the host providing lpd service
          -P printer   Name of the print queue
          -C class     Job classification for use on the burst page
          -J job       Job name to print on the burst page
          -o option    Indicates type of the file (by default assumes a text file)
                       Use "-o l" for binary (e.g. postscript) files
          -x           Compatibility with SunOS 4.1.x and prior
          -d           Send data file first