CON2PRT.exe (Zero Admin Toolkit, discontinued)

Connect or disconnect a Printer

All commands issued using this utility will affect only the user currently logged in. Con2prt is therefore ideal for managing NETWORK printer connections when used in a login script.

      CON2PRT /f
      CON2PRT /c \\PrintServer\PrintShare
      CON2PRT /cd \\PrintServer\PrintShare

       /f  - remove all network printer connections
       /c  - connect to \\PrintServer\PrintShare
       /cd - connect to and set PrintShare as the default printer       

Several switches can be combined in one command line. So you can remove all connections before adding new ones all in one command, you can only specify one default printer.

Microsoft now recommend the more flexible RUNDLL32 in preference to con2prt.

The freeware utility AdPrintX is very similar to Con2Prt but has additional functionality, including compatibility with Windows 9x systems.

“I think you know as well as I do what the problem is, Dave. You and Dr. Poole were planning to disconnect me. I cannot allow this to happen” - HAL


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Network Printing - Advice & Tips
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NET VIEW - to view a list of printers
PRNCNFG - Display, configure or rename a printer
PRNMNGR - Add, delete, or list printers / connections, set the default printer.
RUNDLL32 - Install/Remove Printers (plus advanced options)
WMIC PRINTER - Set printing options through WMI
VBScript : Add printer - WshNetwork.AddPrinterConnection
Q314486 - Add Printers with No User Interaction (Win XP)
Equivalent bash command (Linux): lpc - Line printer control program

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