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How to setup printing from Windows guest OS using Parallels Desktop Parallel Port (Default Printer)

  • Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 4 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 3 for Mac


Please complete the following instructions:
  1. Stop your Windows VM if it's running
  2. Open VM Configuration Editor (in case of Parallels Desktop 3 in the top menu click Edit - Virtual Machine; in case of Parallels Desktop 4 and/or later versions in the top menu click Virtual Machine - Configure)
  3. Add Parallel Port Printer to the VM Configuration (click "Add" or "+" button, select "Parallel Port", hit "Next", choose "Use a printer", browse for a printer you have available in the Mac OS).
  4. Make sure that you are able to print using the printer from the Mac OS side.
  5. Start Windows and try printing a document using "HP Color LaserJet 8500 PS" (it's a generic driver that's being used for printing from the Virtual Machine to any Mac OS compatible printer).


  • The Parallels Port (Default Printer) does not print → make sure that you have Mac OS compatible printer, that it's properly configured and you are able to print from the Mac side.
  • The "HP Color LaserJet 8500 PS" printer is not available in Windows → make sure you have Parallels Desktop 3.0 version and/or later versions and that Parallels Tools package is installed in your Windows VM.
  • You can also manually install "HP Color LaserJet 8500 PS" with the printer wizard on LPT1 port (go to Start - Control Panel - Printers and Faxes - Add Printer and follow the Install new printer Wizard. When asked for the printer model choose "HP Color LaserJet 8500 PS" from HP manufacturer).
  • If you configured second printer using Printer Port 2, you should configure it in Windows to use port LPT3. With Printer Port 3 it is necessary to use LPT2 in Windows (this will be rectified in future updates of Parallels Desktop)

  • Due to specific implementation of the postscript printer driver in Windows, it is limited in features and may lack such options as advanced formatting or color setup. To use full set of features of your printer and its driver, it is recommended to use alternative way to configure your printer, e.g.  as a USB device, using Apple Bonjour feature or as a network printer.
  • You can find more information  about it in Parallels Desktop User Guide or in the following KB articles:

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