Install Printer Driver
I'd like to install a printer driver as an addin for one of my programs.
I find problems in the installation.
In the install program (Wise9) I include the proper entries in the [Devices] and [PrinterPorts] sections of win.ini as I have in the original computer
However when installed in the destination computer the printer doesn't appear in the printer folder, or sometimes appears greyed showing a problem in installation.
Is it necessary to do anything else in the installation ?
Any idea ?
Thanks in advance
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