Compatible drivers of Canon® printers for Windows® XP®
Why are drivers of Canon printers important for Windows XP? Do they need to be compatible?
Users can get the correct drivers for Canon printers from official website of Canon. The official website actually preserves the list of many Canon printer drivers which are available for downloading. The users have to search the organized database on the website and find a driver that suits the requirements and needs. The users should select the driver and install it in the computer depending upon the system requirements and the compatibility. A printer driver is actually required by the system in order to communicate with printers. These drivers help in translating the data that the users send from the computer to the printer. It is not necessary for printer drivers to be compatible with all platforms because other drivers also need to be installed in the print server to support various other operating systems and hardware components.
Ways to find, download and install printer drivers for Canon in Windows XP are given below:
- Tips to find drivers
- Make use of Windows Update Catalog
- Ways to install
Tips to find drivers
The first place to find a Canon driver is the disc that had come with Canon printer. Usually, new printers come with printer drivers in order to get them installed on Windows XP. The users can also browse Canon website mentioning the system requirements for installing the most compatible printer drivers. It is one of the safest places where users can get the best driver suiting their system and the printer. The users can then follow the instructions on the screen to download the drivers from the official website.
Make use of Windows Update Catalog
It is wise to use the Windows Update Catalog to check for drivers which are compatible with the printer. This will help users in getting Automatic Updates and also verifying the system. The automatic driver scanners ensure whether any peripheral devices are required to be installed. The systems capacity can be increased by updating the printer drivers.
It is recommended to follow the correct method to install Canon printer drivers on the system. The users should first click 'Start' then 'Control Panel' and choose 'Printers and other Hardware'. The users should click 'Printers and Faxes' and then double click on 'Add Printer' in order to start the Add Printer Wizard, and finally click on 'Next’. Then users must click on 'Local printer', and clear the 'Automatically detect and install' box, then click 'Next'. Now the users should click 'Create a new port', and then click 'Local Port' in the 'Port type' section. In the 'Port Name' box, the users need to type the path to the printer in the following format - “\serverprinter” (where “server” is the name of the print server and “printer” is the name of the printer). Now click 'Next', and then select Windows XP driver for your Canon printer. Then click 'Next', and you should track the procedure in order to complete the printer wizard.
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