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Windows 10 and old printers

shermans
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Windows 10 and old printers

I imagine others have experienced problems with trying to use old printers with Windows 10.  I have just bought a new computer, which means struggling with Windows 10 after XP. I hope therefore someone may have some experience and advice / work-arounds to offer.
I am having trouble with a Brother ink-jet colour printer.  I have searched for a suitable driver, but the exact model is not listed (numbers are pretty close, though).  If I install the closest model, it just keeps telling me that either the printer is off-line or that the ink is low, and will not print.  There is plenty of ink in all the colours, so it is not that. If I try a test print on my old XP laptop, it prints without difficulty.    This should not be a problem, although I accept that it is an old printer and relies on the network as it has no WiFi.
Secondly, I have a very old HP LaserJet.  It is brilliant and I still have several old laser cartridges.  I therefore want to keep it.  The first problem is that it of course uses the old parallel port., not available on my new computer.  If I use my old XP computer as a server for the LaserJet, it prints from the new computer via the network without problem, but that is not a long term solution.  So again, are there any suggestions as to how to attach the LaserJet to the new computer's USB port ?  If so, where can I get a Windows 10 driver for it ?
Any advice would be most appreciated.
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SpendLessTime
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Re: Windows 10 and old printers

Google "usb to parallel port converter" for the LaserJet issue.
wisty
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Re: Windows 10 and old printers

Two  suggestions
For the Brother,
Windows 10 only seems to come with a (modern) subset of drivers. If you try and install the printer and Windows doesn't list the driver you can click Windows Update in the Install printer driver window. That will update the list of available printer drivers to a much longer list. The older one may be there.
The other thing to look for is a Windows 7 or 8 driver - these often work OK.
For The LJ
Not sure what kind of Laserjet you have, but a lot of them have the ability to install a network card which allows them to operate as a network printer. My Lj5Si (2000 vintage) has one and Windows 10 handles it just fine.