Well, yes. I had thought of that (or something similar). But:
>net use LPT1:
System error 2 has occurred.
The system cannot find the file specified.
And besides, the printer is not on the network. It's attached to USB002 on my laptop (which, to my frustration, lacks a parallel port). I had figured to use MODE to redirect LPT1 to USB002. But I could not make it work. Here's a MODE status request as an example of at least part of the problem:
>mode LPT1: /status
Illegal device name - LPT1
It would be great if I could activate LPT1 and then redirect it to point at USB002. Any clues?