Upgrade Printer Driver
What are the ways to upgrade a printer driver?
The printers and multipurpose machines that connect to your computer require drivers. This is ensure that Windows knows the printer type and how it is meant to function within the Windows operating system. If the printer manufacturer has custom drivers available on its website, you can manually install the drivers using the printer wizard. To update a driver, you will need to retrieve it from the device maker’s website. The peripheral makers have a support or customer care area on their website that contains driver files. The drivers also come on CDs that you have got with the device.
Following are the need and ways to upgrade a printer driver:
- Update printer drivers
- Update only driver files
- In-box driver
Update printer drivers
To update printer drivers first open 'Printers and faxes', then on the 'File' menu, click 'Server Properties', and then click the driver’s tab. Then on the installed printer drivers list, click the driver you want to update, and then click 'Replace' and at last click 'Yes'. The driver files are copied for all the installed environments and versions. The system might prompt for the path to the drivers. P
Update only driver files
The drivers often include several files, some of which are shared across multiple drivers, hardware vendors should take precautions when they update their drivers Update only driver files that are specific your device or devices. Test thoroughly the updated version of the driver using the appropriate Microsoft HCTs and your proprietary test processes. Test any drivers that share a file with the updated driver to prevent unexpected regressions. The Microsoft HCTs for device is available.
You can follow the same plug and play ID format as the existing in-box driver and create both drivers either with or without port enumerators. Do not switch from using enumerated IDs to non-enumerated IDs in a later version of the driver. The updated version of an in-box driver replaces an existing driver, and then the uninstall program should be capable of removing the newer version of the file and restoring the older one.
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