Print Any Document From iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch Using Windows PC

by Rohit Khurana on November 24, 2010

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Apple has released a feature called AirPrint with its iOS 4.2 which is designed for iOS devices including Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch. For Mac users, its no big deal to use this feature as the AirPrint support is built in, but for Windows users, it takes a few simple steps to enable it before they can use this feature. In this article, we will share these steps with you to enable AirPrint on your Windows 7 , Windows Vista or Windows XP computer.

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To Enable AirPrint on Windows, you need to download this package – AirPrint.zip which is about 1MB in size, so won’t take much time.

If you are running a Windows 32-bit version, create a folder named AirPrint at the path “x:/Program Files” where x is the Windows drive, which is usually C:, in my desktop, its E: as I have more than one OS.

If you are running a Windows 64-bit version, create a folder named AirPrint at the path “x:/Program Files (x86)” , here again x is the Windows drive.

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Now extract the zip file content at this path which will extract three files named “airprint.exe”, “libairprint.dll” and “XpdfPrint.dll”

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Now to start the service you need to start the service from command prompt in administrator mode. To start it, type “cmd” in start menu, when its located, right click on it and click “Run as administrator”, this will launch the command prompt.

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For Windows 32 Bit, type the following commands at the command line, Please replace X with the windows drive letter :

sc.exe create AirPrint binPath= "X:\Program Files\AirPrint\airprint.exe -s" depend= "Bonjour Service" start= auto

sc.exe start AirPrint

For Windows 64 Bit, type the following commands at the command line, Please replace X with the windows drive letter :

sc.exe create AirPrint binPath= "X:\Program Files (x86)\AirPrint\airprint.exe -s" depend= "Bonjour Service" start= auto

sc.exe start AirPrint

This will show a success message as show below :

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If it shows you any UAC or Firewall blockage warning for the AirPrint Service, please allow the service to start and go through the firewall to make it work effectively.

source – MacRumors

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S Warren December 4, 2010 at 12:50 am

These instructions on how to set up my PC to be able to print documents from my iPad are the best!!!! Everything worked perfectly after I purchased winzip and could then download airprint.zip (and I am not technologically savvy!) Thank you!!

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