Installing a parallel port printer on Windows 10 with a USB-to-LPT port converter

These instructions assume that the $6000 printer you bought seven years ago with only a parallel port interface is still supported by the manufacturer and has drivers for Windows 10.

In Control Panel, go to Devices and Printers. Viewing by large icons instead of categories might be helpful for finding the Devices and Printers button.

Click Add a printer. Then click The printer I want isn't listed. Select Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings. Click Next.

Select Use an existing port and choose USB002 (or USB003, or USB004, or...) (Virtual printer port for USB).

To determine whether to use USB003, USB002, or USB001:

  • find USB2.0-Print (or similar) in the Devices and Printers (Control Panel) window
  • right click and select Properties
  • choose the Hardware tab
  • select USB Printing Support
  • click Properties
  • go to the Details tab
  • under Property, select Children from the dropdown menu.
  • It should say USB003 or USB002 at the end of the line under Value

Click Next. Select your printer's driver and finish setup.