Printer Software for Windows® XP®
Want to find compatible printer software for your Windows XP system? Read on the learn the tips to do so.All computer devices require drivers to work. Drivers are the translators between the operating system and the hardware components connected to the system. Hardware devices include printers, gamepads, scanners and so on. Drivers vary according to the operating system and if your computer is operating on Windows XP, the Windows XP specific driver software would have to be installed. Printer driver software are usually provided by the manufacturer with the installation disc, along with other printer software. If the printer connected to your Windows XP based system did not come with an installation disc, then the compatible driver software would have to be downloaded and installed on the system. When installing the printer driver software for Windows XP, you should ascertain that it is compatible with the other drivers installed on the system as well as with the operating system. If incompatible driver software are installed on your Windows XP based system, then many problems such as system freeze, blue screen errors, multiple hardware malfunction, etc can come up due to software conflicts. Such problems can make working with the system as well as the printer difficult.
The following points give more information regarding the tips to find and select compatible printer driver software for Windows XP:
- Use driver utilities
- Download from a genuine website
- Install the latest printer driver software
Use driver utilitiesDriver utilities are the easiest way to get printer driver software for your Windows XP based system. Driver utilities such as Driver Genius and Driver Detective can scan the system thoroughly for essential driver software and then download the appropriate ones. Such software can only download the latest and compatible drivers. They also enable you to create a backup of the existing printer driver software, if updated versions are being downloaded.
Download from a genuine websiteYou can also download the correct, compatible and the latest version of printer driver software from the official website of the printer manufacturer. Third party websites and forums that provide links to printer driver software should not be selected as sources, as they might redirect you to maliciously coded websites. Such websites would also install malware and spyware along with the drivers on your system.
Install the latest printer driver softwareWhen selecting the driver software for the printer connected to your Windows XP based system, you should ascertain that the drivers being downloaded are the latest version. Outdated drivers might work with the system, but they would have some bugs or glitches. Outdated as well as the latest version of the printer driver software might have similar sounding names, so special care must be taken when downloading the same.
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