Printer Installation in Windows® Vista®
Get to know more about installation of printer on Windows Vista operating system
Windows Vista is an operating system released by Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft Windows Vista introduces many features that advance the safety and consistency of the Windows Vista platform. There are some of the software and hardware compatible issues associated with Windows Vista. There is a wide variety of Windows Vista compatible printers in the market. Windows Vista has introduce a new feature called the driver store. It is a trusted cache of in-box and third-party drivers which are stored on a local hard disk. It is employed to install the driver from the driver packages which are stored in the driver store. Driver packages which are stored in the driver store are said to be staged. This is a more effective way for installing the printer on a Windows Vista operating system.
Below are the minimum system requirements for installing a printer and the methods to install a printer in Windows Vista OS:
- Requirements for Printer Installation
- Simple Installation
- Installation by Windows Vista Driver Store
Requirements for Printer Installation
The minimum system requirement for installing a printer are the processor having the performance speed of about 800 MHz or faster, minimum 512 MB RAM, 16 bit color resolution, 800 x 600 display, USB ports and proper IEEE printer cable. There are many which are compatible with Windows Vista OS. While selecting the printer you must be very careful that the selected printer should satisfy all your needs.
First, connect the printer to your system. Then start your computer. The printer automatically switches on or else press the switch provided with the printer. A warning sound or the lightened LED shows that the printer has started working. Then insert the device driver provided with the printer into the CD drive. Windows Vista starts the installing of the driver automatically. If it doesn't work automatically then you have to add the printer manually through the control panel.
This method includes two processes. They are adding the driver to the driver store and installing the driver from driver store. During the normal driver installation method, the driver packages are automatically copied to the driver store. The driver store checks the integrity and the signing of the driver packages. You could also add a driver package to the driver store manually, without installing the driver. This is done by using the pnputil.exe utility. Pnputil ships in Windows Vista and helps in many other operations. Then the drivers are installed from the driver store.
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