Update Printer Driver in Windows® 7
How to install/ update printer drivers in Windows 7?
Drivers are the communication link between the hardware devices connected to a computer and the Operating System. All devices such as printers, scanners, gamepads, etc. require drivers to function. Without drivers, devices such as printers will not be able to understand the needs and requirements of the Operating System to function accordingly. If you are operating a Windows 7 based computer, then the specific drivers for the printer will have to be installed on the system. Manufacturers provide updated versions of drivers to enhance the functioning of their products. The users of Windows 7 are advised to update the printer drivers installed on their system as this enhances their performance and reduces the errors that arise with the use of the printer. Updating the printer drivers will also make the printer drivers compatible with the other drivers on the system and reduce the chances of clashes or conflicts. The printer drivers installed on Windows 7 system can be updated using the device manager utility on the system or by downloading and installing the latest version of drivers.
Following are the important points related to updating printer drivers in Windows 7:
- Create restore point
- Reserve bandwidth
- Disable system proxies
Create restore point
Before updating the printer drivers on Windows 7, users are advised to create a restore point. The restore point must be always created as a precautionary measure so that if any problems such as printer malfunction or blue screen errors come up after the installation of updated drivers, system can be readily rolled back to ideal working state.
When updating the printer drivers on Windows 7 system, users are recommended to reserve the bandwidth utilization of the system. This means that all network related applications running in the background must be stopped. Stopping the network based applications/ programs will ensure that the update process is fast and will not get interrupted in any way.
Disable system proxies
Proxy can be best described as a service that mediates between the client and the server. When updating the printer drivers on Windows 7, users must make sure that the proxy settings on the system have been disabled. If the proxy is enabled, the download request for the updated printer drivers may be redirected to some other illegitimate server resulting in installation of illegitimate drivers.
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