Posted by: sureshamrita | August 30, 2008

How to print to a windows printer from linux

I have been struggling to set this up. I found a nice tutorial in the Internet.

Printer Sharing: Windows Print Server for Linux Clients

In short, the steps are

  1. Enable Windows support for Unix printing: Open Control Panel –> Add or remove programs –> Add/remove windows components. Scroll down to “Other Network File & Print Services”.icon Highlight that and select “details”. Put a check mark in “Print Services for Unix” and OK/Next or whatever.
  2. Now that Unix services are installed, you activate them as a service: Open Control Panel –> Administrative Tools –> Services (Local) and find icon TCP/IP print server. It should be set to “Status= started” and “Start type=Automatic”. To change settings you double click the line “TCP/IP print server” and adjust appropriately.
  3. Install CUPS and use lpd.
  4. You should be able to fire a test page from your linux machine.

I tested it from my ubuntu 8.04 to a windows XP machine having a HP LaserJet printer.



  1. wow! nice blog.. why don’t you continue posting… curious to learn tips from such a veteran user…11 years of experience is something really great…

  2. dear mr dharan p deepak, thanks for your comments….I saw it today only..I was busy and was not looking at blogging…will write more.suresh

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