How to send .prn file directly to USB local printer?

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    Have you checked with HP for the latest driver.Sometimes uninstall and reinstalling the driver can fix the problem.
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  2. mta3006's Avatar
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    I'm afraid HP stopped updating the 5P drivers years ago, although the same old drivers are available if you dig deeply enough in HP's support pages.
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    It is more about the condition of the installed driver,not necessarily the age.A simple uninstall/reinstall often works.
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    I do not quite understand the problem or procedure with prn files, but I see on the HP site a driver exe file for the cleaning utility. Does it not do the job?
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  5. Berton's Avatar
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    As I recall the HP LaserJet 6 and 5 from years ago they used the 25-pin cable [Parallel Port, LPT] and the .prn was better associated with that. Haven't seen that port on a computer in several years. If using a USB adapter to get that port could be an issue.
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  6. mta3006's Avatar
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    The root of the problem was Windows 10 not being cooperative in sending a binary .PRN file directly to a printer connected directly to my computer via a USB to Centronics adapter cable which works a treat in every other printing task. Also, it wasn't possible to get a Windows 3.1/Windows 95 executable to run with any compatibility settings.

    But I found another user that had experience with using older software and files with Windows 10 via persistent searching.

    I found my solution here:

    Windows Raw Printing (

    Many thanks to all who responded with suggestions!
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