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v4 printer driver architecture and .spl file

by out_of_use / May 21, 2013 9:23 PM PDT


As I read, in windows 8 there is a new printer driver architecture.
I've installed windows 8 x64. When I print, the spl file that is produced has very different structure than in windows 7.
But when I run my app in compatibility mode windows 7, the spl file is like in windows 7.
I assume that there is because of the new printer architecture.

Is there a way to print in windows 8 and get a .spl file like windows 8, without compatibility mode??

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Here I install the printer driver.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 23, 2013 1:33 AM PDT

That is, the printer driver for the printer and it prints just fine. Without any need for any mode.

Please, when posting a question like this, supply the make and model of the printer.

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by out_of_use / May 23, 2013 5:18 PM PDT

ms publisher imagesetter
ms publisher color printer
hp 2200
hp 5L
hp 5520
and many other hp printers

all of them with print processor winprint-->raw.

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by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 23, 2013 6:06 PM PDT

Why care about the internals of how Windows communicates with the printer as long as it prints correctly?


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by out_of_use / May 23, 2013 7:29 PM PDT
In reply to: Why?

Because I care about the spooler file (.spl) that is created from the printing.
I take this file, do some work, and then resend it to the printer.

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That's interesting.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 23, 2013 7:48 PM PDT
In reply to: spl

So your work involves modifying spoolfiles for HP printers. That's rather specialised work. I'd contact Microsoft and HP for development support.


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more or else.
by out_of_use / May 23, 2013 10:01 PM PDT
In reply to: That's interesting.

more or else.
but because i tested with a big range of printer drivers (not only hp), i saw that this is happening to all .spl files.
I have contacted with Microsoft, but no response yet.
So i asked here, if anyone has an idea that could help me.

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Ahh, you are a developer now.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 24, 2013 2:51 AM PDT
In reply to: more or else.

I think you will have to join MSDN and spend the time and money learning all about Windows internals and more.

I understand what you want to do but I stopped doing that over a decade ago so I'm out of date.

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not really a developer
by out_of_use / May 26, 2013 11:17 PM PDT

Thanks for the help, but I am not really a developer.

I am more an analyst. Another company has developed this software for us, and now we have a problem. they say that it is not their problem, and I try to find out what is going on.

Thanks again for the help.

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But it is their problem.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 26, 2013 11:49 PM PDT
In reply to: not really a developer

They developed it, it no longer works, so they need to fix it.

It could be that they don't support their product on Windows 8 yet but all this is just a warm up to getting at the heart of the issue. I would be guessing that you had hope it was something quick and simple that would not involve learning about this new OS.

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Re: spoolfile
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 27, 2013 12:00 AM PDT
In reply to: not really a developer

As soon as you ask them a quote for a fix (or convince them that it's part of the support contract you have with them) it's their problem.

If there is no support contract and they don't want to fix it, you'll have to find another company to do it for you. If there is a support contract and they still don't want to fix it, it's time to call your lawyer.


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