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Printer Sharing – Enable LPD Services in Vista
Printer Sharing – Vista Printer Sharing With Mac OS X 10.4

Enabling the LPD Print Service will allow your Mac with OS X 10.4 to make use of your Vista hosted printers.

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When it comes to printer sharing, Vista and OS X 10.4 just can't get along. In order to get around their differences, we will turn to LPD (also known as Line Printer Daemon), an older Unix printing service that both Vista and OS X 10.4 support. It would be preferable to use a more modern protocol, such as Samba, as we are able to do with Vista and OS X 10.5, or with Windows XP and any version of OS X, but Vista and OS X 10.4 stubbornly refuse to give us that option.

Enable LPD Services in Vista

  1. Select Start, Control Panel.

  2. Select 'Programs' in the Control Panel window.

  3. Select 'Turn Windows features on or off' from the Programs and Features group.

  4. The User Account Control system will ask for permission to continue. Click the 'Continue' button.

  5. The Windows Features window will display.

  6. Expand the 'Print Services' item.

  7. Place a check mark next to 'LPD Print Service' and click the 'OK' button.

  8. Windows Vista will install and enable the LPD services for you; this can take a bit of time. Once the process is complete, you can close the Windows Features window.

  9. Make a note of your Vista computer's IP address, because you will need this information to complete the printer setup on your Mac.
    1. Select Start, Control Panel.
    2. Select 'View network status and task' from the Network and Internet group.
    3. The Network and Sharing Center window will open.
    4. Click the 'View Status' link in the Network section.
    5. Click the 'Details' button in the Local Area Connection Status window.
    6. Write down the IPv4 address listed in the Network Connection Details window.
    7. Click the 'Close' button.
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