How to Install an Adobe PDF Printer in Windows XP Service Pack 2

By Tiesha Whatley

Microsoft Windows XP SP2 (Service Pack 2) gives administrators the ability to add several types of printers so that they can be used by other programs. The Adobe PDF postscript printer gives you the ability to create PDF files from other file types simply by printing them to the printer. For Windows XP SP2 to be able to add the Adobe PDF printer as one of its printers, you will need the drivers that come with the full version of Adobe Acrobat. Usually the PDF printer will be installed with Adobe Acrobat, but sometimes you have to install it yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Acrobat

Step 1

Click on \"Start > Control Panel.\" Click on \"Printers and Faxes.\" Double-click on \"Add Printer\" to start the \"Add Printer\" wizard.

Step 2

Click \"Next\" on the wizard and then click \"Local printer attached to this compute.\" Make sure that \"Automatically detect and install my Plug and play printer\" before clicking \"Next.\"

Step 3

Click on \"My Documents\\*.pdf\" in the \"Port Selection\" box before clicking \"Next.\"

Step 4

Click on the \"Have Disk\" button at the bottom of the next screen.

Step 5

Click on the \"Browse\" button and then go to the PDF driver in the following location: \"C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Acrobat {your version}\\Acrobat\\Xtras\\AdobePDF\\AdobePDF.inf.\" Change the \"{your version}\" to the version number of your current version of Acrobat. For instance, if you are using version 9.0, the file location will be C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Acrobat {your version}\\Acrobat\\Xtras\\AdobePDF\\AdobePDF.inf.\" Click \"Open\" and then \"OK.\"

Step 6

Click \"Adobe PDF Converter\" at the top of the list and click \"Next.\" Continue clicking \"Next\" to continue processing through the wizard until the PDF printer is finish installing.