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Problem printing from DOS applications in Windows 2000

I have a problem with printing from DOS applications in Windows 2000. For some reason, my dedicated printer will spool for 15 seconds before printing, or will begin to print, stop, wait 15 seconds and then continue to print. How can I eliminate the 15 second wait? Any help you can give me would be appreciated. This problem occurs on standalone computers and networked.
The problem is that you are using a DOS application under Windows 2000. While MS claims Windows 2000 supports many DOS programs, it is very stringent about how DOS applications are allowed to interact with hardware (including shared printers). All I can recommend is delete and recreate the printer, be sure to use a name less than 8 characters long, and configure it to print directly to the printer and not spool. Other than that, you'll either need to roll back to Windows 98/SE/Me or upgrade the DOS application.
This was first published in February 2002

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