Update printer drivers in Windows® XP®
Have you installed printer drivers on your PC operating on Windows XP? Find out how to update them.
Drivers vary with operating systems and Windows XP requires specific Windows XP drivers. If your system operating on Windows XP is connected to a printer, then printer drivers would have or be installed. Printer drivers are essential for the printer to understand the needs and requirements of the OS to produce the desired results. Printer drivers are also important for the OS to understand the status of the task being done by the printer. Like all other drivers installed on Windows XP, even printer drivers must be updated. Updating the printer drivers would remove all bugs or inherent issues within the printer would increase the speed and efficiency of the printers many folds. When updating the printer drivers, users must ensure that the updated versions are compatible with other drivers and that they would not cause any driver clashes.
Following details mentioned below gives users more information regarding tips to update printer drivers in Windows XP:
- Run antivirus program
- Update in safe mode
- Create manual restore point
Run antivirus program
Before updating printer drivers installed on Windows XP, users are advised to run the antivirus program installed on the system. This must be done so that all malware within the system can be detected and removed. If malware are present on the system at the time of updating drivers, it is very likely that they would infect the drivers and corrupt them.
Update in safe mode
All Windows XP users updating printer drivers are recommended to carry out the process in the safe mode of the system. Safe mode is an operational state where system would be working on minimal system services. This would ensure that driver related clashes or errors would not come up during the installation of updated drivers.
Before starting with the updation of printer drivers installed on the system, users are advised to create a manual restore point. The restore point would come to be of great use if some major problems do come up (such as blue screen errors or system errors) after the updation as system can be easily rolled back to ideal working state using System Restore feature.
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