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Some Error Messages When Printing in Windows

Article ID : 121074
Last Review : May 6, 2003
Revision : 2.0
This article was previously published under Q121074


When you try to connect to a printer shared by a Windows computer, one of the following errors may appear when you enter the network path or port name:
\\servername\sharename is an invalid port name
Could not connect to the printer: The system cannot find the file specified
Test Page failed to print. Would you like to view the print trouble shooter for assistance? The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.
Test page failed to print. Would you like to view the print trouble shooter for assistance? Unable to create a print job.
Could not start print job.
A StartDocPrinter call was not issued.


These messages are erroneous and occur if the Windows printer share is password protected. If you attempt to connect to the share by running a NET USE from the command line, you receive this (correct) message:
The password is invalid for \\servername\sharename
You are allowed to enter the password of the share.


To resolve this issue, use one of the following procedures:
Method 1: Remove the password protection from the Windows printer share.
Method 2:
1. Make a connection to the share using the command prompt, and then enter the correct password with the following syntax:
NET USE LPTx \\computernamne\printername [password]
2. Use Print Manager or the Printers folder to create a new printer that uses the redirected LPT port.
For additional information, copy the article number below and search it in the Microsoft website:
103747 Err Msg: \\Server\Share Is an Invalid Port Name
You can also query the following phrase in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
   invalid port name


Microsoft is researching this problem and will post new information at the Microsoft Knowledge Base website as it becomes available.

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