To add a local port
Open Printers and Faxes
Under Printer Tasks, click Add a printer to open the Add Printer Wizard, and then click Next.
Click Local printer or stand-alone network printer, clear the Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer check box, and then click Next.
Click Create a new port, click Local Port, and then click Next.
Type the port name, and then click OK.
Follow the instructions on the screen to finish adding a printer with the Add Printer Wizard.
To open Printers and Faxes, click Start, click Control Panel, click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Printers and Faxes.
You can also add ports using the Print Server Properties dialog box. For more information, click Related Topics.
You can configure the time-out for parallel (LPT) ports by selecting any LPT port and then clicking Configure Port. For more information, click Related Topics.
In a network environment, it is better to use a printer that is connected directly to the network through a network adapter than through a parallel port.