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LaserWriter 16/600 on Windows 7

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Guide for setting up Apple LaserWriter printer on Windows 7.

First Open control panel.

select: Turn Window Features On or Off (under the PROGRAMS AND FEATURE HEADING)
Open the folder titled "Print and Document Services" and check the box labled LPR Port Monitor.

Manually install Apple Laserwriter: 8500, 16/600ps, 12/640ps, Color 12/600ps, or Color 12/660ps.
Print Driver as follows.

These printers support LPR printing. other's do not and won't work with this guide.

The Add Printer is not in admin context which will be required for these drivers.

Launch Add Driver instead

"printui /s /t2"

Add (add printer wizard opens)


Select x86 for 32bit systems
Select x64 for 64bit systems


Select Have Disk

Copy manufactures's files from:
replace the A:\ with the path to the printer drivers.
For 32bit systems use windows XP install disk i386 directory. Example "d:\i386"
for 64bit systems use Windows XP_64 or server 2003 install disk. Example "E:amd64"


Select Apple

Select Apple LaserWriter 16/600 PS


Close add printer wizard.

Now you can add the local printer using Add a Printer wizard.
open control panel and select view devices and printers.
next add printer. select local printer (not network printer)
select create a new Port: LPR Port.


(you have to know the ip address of the print to proceed.) See end of guide.
Type in Name or address of server providing lpd: IP address of printer. Example ""
Type in Name of printer or print queue on that server: Name your printer. Example "LaserWriter 16/600"

Next list of printer comes up, select have disk.

Copy manufacture's files from:
type in the path on your windows xp install disk to the i386 directory. Example "d:\i386"


Select Apple

Select Apple LaserWriter 16/600 PS


Select Use the driver that is currently installed (recommended)


Work through the rest of the wizard


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  • Wolfgang Pendl Calculating status...
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    Dec 30, 2010 1:27 AM (in response to Woogetybop)
    This was very useful to me. Thank you so much!

  • KC Tom Calculating status...
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    Jan 26, 2011 3:37 PM (in response to Woogetybop)
    As a Mac user forced to use a Windows 7 laptop for work, I am keenly interested in getting this type of printing to work with my LaserWriter 12/640PS. I did LPR printing to it with my last work laptop (Windows XP), but need to set it up again with this new Windows 7 system.

    I was able to enable the LPR Port Monitor as you specified. Then, the tech support guys at my employer copied an "i386" folder (presumably from an xp install disk as specified) to a network share that I can access. But I am running into problems on your step that says to "replace the A:\ path with the path to the printer drivers." I can indeed replace it with the path to the \i386 folder, but I'm not seeing any path to printer drivers simply by selecting the \i386 folder, and when I search the folder for words like "apple" or "laserwriter," nothing shows up. How can I find the exact printer drivers I need? Once I have that, I won't have any trouble with the rest of the instructions, as I've done this all before. Thanks.
    G5, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • KC Tom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 26, 2011 4:07 PM (in response to KC Tom)
    I did a little more digging and found this thread at Microsoft ( -4dec-b91f-524963ec81a7 ), which is remarkably similar to the original answer given on this original thread.

    The Microsoft version of this discussion gave me a further clue by mentioning a "DRIVER.CAB" file in the i386 directory that I needed to select via the printer driver install dialog, although even this tip was incomplete, because DRIVER.CAB is not of a file type that is shown or can be read by the install driver routine (i.e.: I could only see it via a regular window in Windows 7 OS). Instead, I took a wild guess and selected a file in that directory called "DRVINDEX", and a moment later a whole plethora of alternative printer manufacturers and models were listed, including "Apple" and then "LaserWriter 12/640PS". Next up: Adding the system printer itself, using this driver and the printer's IP address. Key tip: queue should be listed as "RAW"--at least that worked under XP.
  • Yodude3 Calculating status...
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    Apr 21, 2011 9:40 AM (in response to Woogetybop)

    Thanks so much. This solved one of the many problems I have suffered on my Windows 7 laptop.



  • TeaRex Calculating status...
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    Jan 23, 2012 9:14 PM (in response to Woogetybop)

    I hope this isn't considered thread necromancy... but do you maybe know if it is at all possible to use a binary communications protocol (such as Binary, BCP or TBCP) between a Windows 7 box and an old LaserWriter? I got my hands on a cheap and really well working Laserwriter Select 360, but it's soooooo slooooooow even at 57600 baud for anything containing even moderate amounts of fonts or graphics (and what doesn't, these days). And yes, I already switched from 600 dpi to 300 dpi w/ FinePrint. I tried messing around with stuff like this:


    %!Postscript here

    serverdict begin 0 exitserver

    (%Serial_NV%) <</Protocol /TBCP>> setdevparams

    systemdict /quit get exec


    The setting was indeed changed in the printer's NVRAM but it didn't help. I also tried "Binary" and "Raw" protocols, tried disabling the PS/PCL Autoselection, played with the Options in the Windows driver's properties page, etc. But no matter what I do, whenever I enable anything but ASCII in Windows the printer always prints a page that says "This job contains binary data, but your printer requires a special driver setting to receive binary data on this channel." So, I ask myself, WHAT IS that special driver setting?


    I'd be grateful for any help at all.


    The hint with the Windows XP 64 disk was invaluable by the way! Without that I'd never got it installed.

    LaserWriter Select 360, Windows 7
  • BenDDover Calculating status...
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    Oct 14, 2013 8:20 PM (in response to Woogetybop)

    I have an old Laserwriter II that happens to have an ethernet port.  Does anyone have a solution for making this work with Windows 7 (or any computer at all)?


    I would like to use this laserwriter II (with ethernet port) with windows7. Please direct me to the drivers if possible.


    Good luck !


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