Printer Driver Installation
Points to keep in mind while installing drivers for printers
A driver is software installed in the computer that is used to communicate to the printer. It converts the file or data to be printed to a specific form that is used by the printer. There are different types of printer but all of them have their own drivers that have to be installed in the computer so that the two devices can communicate.
The following points will provide a better understanding of how to install printer drivers:
- Guidelines for installing printer drivers
- Compatibility of printer drivers
- Availability of printer drivers
Guidelines for installing printer drivers
There are few things to keep in mind before you install printer drivers in your computer. First you have to make sure that your computer’s operating system is compatible with the printer that you have. You need to check if there are drivers that will work with the operating system installed on your PC. For ease of printer driver installation, insert the printer manufacturer’s installation disc and follow the automated set-up. If in case the CD will not install automatically you have to manually install the drivers by specifying on your computer the location of the drivers. For printers that have to be connected using USB port, there is software which is Plug and Play, which will automatically install the drivers.
Compatibility of printer drivers
Compatibility of the printer drivers and operating system is very crucial as the printer driver will help the computer and printer to communicate. Usually when you purchase a printer, it is indicated on its box the operating systems supported. You can also check the compatibility of your printer and your computer through a compatibility list. This list will show the printers compatible with your computer and the features that you can utilize. You can search for this list in Internet. Checking if the printer and your computer are compatible will help you save time and effort as well as avoid any unwanted computer failure due to incompatible drivers.
Availability of printer driver
Printer drivers are included in the installation CD provided by the printer manufacturer. In case you do not have the installation CD, do not worry since there are still ways to install printer drivers in your computer without the CD. You can browse through Internet for the printer driver. To check whether the printer and computer are compatible you just need to visit the website of the printer manufacturer. You can search for printer’s driver in that website and download it.
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