How to Test a Printer Port With Windows

By Kirk Bennet

Malfunctioning printer ports waste time.
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With multiple wireless and wired printers in your office, you can print your business documents in various formats provided you connect all of them to your computer. The Windows 7 operating system communicates with your printers through printer ports. If a printer port is not working, is blocked or is not created by default, you will not be able to print your documents. Windows 7 comes with some useful Visual Basic scripts that enable you to configure and control your printers, including the ability to test a printer port.

Turn on the printer and make sure it's properly connected to your computer.

Click Start and choose "Computer" from the menu to open Windows Explorer.

Select the system drive and open the "Windows\System32\Printing_Admin_Scripts\en-US" folder.

Hold the "Shift" key, right-click inside the folder and select "Open command window here" from the context menu to open the Command Prompt.

Print a test page on the printer by typing "Cscript Prnqctl -e -p PrinterName," and then press "Enter." Replace "PrinterName" with the name of your printer.


Information in this article applies to Microsoft Windows 7. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.