Update network printer drivers
Why do we need to update network printer drivers installed on the computer system?
Printers can be best described as computer peripheral devices that are used to take hard copies of files or work done on a system. Printers are widely used by all kinds of users in office as well as home environments. Drivers are important for the printer to understand what functions are being invoked by the Operating System and also for the OS to make out the results and the status of the work being done by the printer. Printers can be also connected via a network. Network printers are those printers that can be accessed by any computer within the network. Like all other drivers installed on a computer, even the network printer drivers should be updated. Updating the drivers ensure that all bugs and glitches within the driver would be removed. Also, the performance of the printer would increase many folds. Network printers can be updated via the device manager of the system or by downloading updated versions of printer drivers and then installing them on the system.
Following details mentioned below gives users more information regarding points to keep in mind while updating network printer drivers:
- Verify driver authenticity
- Remove infections
- Create data backup and restore point
Verify driver authenticity
While updating or installing updated versions of network printer drivers, users must make sure that the updates are being downloaded from genuine website of the printer manufacturer. Drivers provided by third party sources should not be downloaded or installed on the system as they might have malware that would get installed with the drivers and cause problems when the printer or the system is in use.
Before starting with any procedures of updating the network printers, users are advised to ensure that all infections have been removed from the system. Presence of malware at the time of updating is likely to cause corruption of the drivers being updated. An updated antivirus program must be used for this purpose.
All users installing updated versions of network printer drivers or updating the drivers directly are suggested to create backup of all data on the system and also to create a restore point. This should be done as a precautionary measure so that even if some major problems do come up with the system after driver update, the system can be rolled back to previous state of function and that data would be safe.
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