Updating Printer Drivers
Get to know more about updating printr drivers on your system.
Drivers act as the translators between the hardware installed on a system and the OS. Drivers are essential for the hardware to understand the requirements of the OS so as to function accordingly. Drivers also play an important role in helping the OS understand results produced by the hardware. External devices such as printers, scanners and gamepads all require drivers to function. All software installed on a computer (including drivers) must be updated. Manufacturers come out with updated versions of drivers to make the hardware device perform better. The updated versions of drivers would also have very little bugs or glitches that would enable printer drivers to link the OS and hardware in a better way and with fewer errors. Printer drivers usually come as executable files that can be installed very easily on a system (provided with the installation disk of the printer). Printer drivers can be updated using the device manager of the system or users can even download latest version of the printer drivers available and install them to replace existing drivers. Users installing updated versions of printer drivers must ensure that the drivers are compatible with the other drivers installed on the system as well as the OS.
Following details mentioned below gives users more information regarding tips to update printer drivers:
- Install in safe mode
- Remove all possible infections
- Create restore point
Install in safe mode
When installing the updated versions of printer drivers, it is highly recommended that users carry out the installation in the safe mode of the system. When the system is in the safe mode, system would be functioning on minimal services and this would greatly reduce chances of driver conflicts and subsequent errors during installation.
Remove all possible infections
Before installing updated versions of printer drivers, users are advised to remove all possible infections from the system. The removal of infections must be thorough and done with the help of an updated antivirus product such as Norton Antivirus as the presence of malwares are likely to cause corruption of the drivers that are being installed or updated.
All users installing updated versions of printer drivers must create a restore point before installation. The restore point must be created as a precautionary measure so that even if some major problems such as blue screen errors or driver clashes do come up after updated drivers are installed, system can be rolled back to previous state of normal function with the System Restore feature.
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