Installing Printer Drivers on Windows® Vista®
Installing a printer in any operating system is relatively simple compared to other hardware. But it can still be a bit of a hassle if it does not successfully install and you encounter any problem. When installing printer drivers, you need to check a few things in order to ensure a correct install and have a fully functional printer.
- Check printer compatibility with Windows Vista
- Download correct drivers
- Install and check
- Optimize printer settings
Check printer compatibility with Windows Vista
To avoid any disappointments, checking compatibility is a quick and easy task you can do before undergoing the installation of a printer. Just visit the official website of your printer’s manufacturer and search for the model number of your printer. Entries on the website should reveal if your printer is compatible with Windows Vista. If you are buying a new printer, it should clearly state on the box that it is compatible. Most printers are compatible though so you should have no problem unless your printer is very old.
Download correct drivers
Making sure that the drivers you have are correct saves you a lot of trouble and not to mention headaches. Before you download the driver, you should see that it is for Windows Vista and not for Windows 7 or XP. You should also check whether it is the 32-bit or 64-bit version as the two are not compatible with each other. Just right click ‘My Computer’ in the ‘Start’ menu and click on properties. You can find out here if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows Vista.
Installation is rather easy once you have the correct drivers. Just launch the file you downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions. It should instruct you to plug-in your printer at one point for the set-up application to recognize it. After doing the install, try printing a test page so that you can be sure that it is working fine.
Lastly, you should calibrate the printer in order to have the best quality print-outs, especially with photos. Just look for your printer under ‘Devices and Printers’ and go to properties. You should see an advanced tab at the end where you can check if the nozzles are clogged and perform cleaning. You can also perform print-head alignment in this page.
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