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iPad AirPrint and Windows

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It’s not clear why Apple decided to remove the capability to print to a PC, Mac, or network connected printer via AirPrint in iOS4 but it seems that it’s not that hard to (re-)enable it.

You need to have the Bonjour service running on a PC or Mac and then install either AirPrint Activator for the Mac or AirPrint Activator for Windows.

If you have iTunes installed on your PC or Mac then you’ll have the Bonjour service installed. I wanted to have the Bonjour service running on a Windows server but didn’t want to install iTunes on this PC. I googled for ‘bonjour for windows’ and was surprised to find that Apple has made an install package available for just this: Bonjour Print Services for Windows.

After installing Bonjour Print Services for Windows, I downloaded the AirPrint Activator for Windows and executed it. After this, I ran C:\Program Files\AirPrint\airprint.exe so that Windows Firewall prompted me  to unblock the program, and chose ‘unblock’ rather than ‘keep blocking’. Then I restarted the AirPrint service in the Services control panel applet.

Finally, I selected the printer that I wanted to print to in the Printers and Faxes control panel applet (or Devices and Printers in Windows 7) and made sure that it was shared.

Back on the iPad I started Apple’s Pages app, opened a document, and selected the print function. My shared printer immediately appeared in the list of printers found. After selecting the printer, the document duly appeared a few seconds later.

Note that, so far, there are only a few apps that are AirPrint enabled. Apple’s own Pages and Numbers apps are two that do have AirPrint capability.

One final word about uninstalling the AirPrint Activator for Windows – as it doesn’t have an installer it must be manually removed. Before you delete the C:\Program Files\AirPrint folder you need to delete the AirPrint service. To do this, open a command window and type the commands:

sc stop airprint
sc delete airprint

You can now delete the C:\Program Files\AirPrint folder.


Written by Sea Monkey

December 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Posted in Environments

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