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Often when you purchase a new printer, before you get the printer out of the box, you seem to lose the instructions for installing the drivers. You need a printer driver to allow the computer to talk to the printer (often what the PC actually says to the printer is not much different from what I say to the PC or the printer when one of them is not working. I’ll give you a hint: it’s not exactly singing its praises). Each printer manufacturer creates a set of instructions for the computer to handle after it has been connected. Without the driver, you cannot print from that printer!

If you are using a computer operating system such as XP, the process is easy. You can hook the printer up directly to the PC while the PC is on or you can turn the PC off, plug the cable into the back of the PC, then turn it on. One of the beautiful things about Windows XP (especially after Service Pack 2) is that the XP operating system will already have your new printer driver in its files. It may detect a previous version of the driver or printer model, then ask you if you want to upgrade the driver now. It’s entirely up to you the course of action to take. Normally it’s a good idea to upgrade the driver.

Now, if XP does not recognize the printer driver, find the Printer Driver Installation CD and insert the CD into your PC. From there the XP operating system will provide you with detailed instructions on how to upgrade successfully.

The process for installing printer drives is not difficult but when you are doing it for the first time, the task can seem daunting. After you have successfully installed the printer driver, pack it away because you never know when you’ll need it again. Don’t trash the CD because it will be difficult to replace it if your system crashes permanently. Unfortunately, it happens.

Printer Drivers – Who Needs ‘Em?

Last Updated on April 16, 2022