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How to Update Your Printer Drivers

If there’s one external device that’s always being used, it would be the printers. Printers, like all other hardware, require drivers to work. You can’t send print jobs to this device without installing the CD that came in the box. In fact, you would have to run that CD before you try to connect the printer to your computer for smooth installation.

Just case your printer needs new drivers so it can function normally, you can find the files you need from the manufacturer’s website. If you have an Epson printer, for instance, go to Epson’s website and then skim through the download page. From there you should be able to find the driver files you need for update.

Printer drivers are quite easy to install. After downloading, you will have an archived file on your desktop or wherever you had chosen to download the file. If you have Windows XP, all you really have to do is to double click the file and it would extract its contents. There usually is an executable file along with the others. Updating your printer drivers could be as simple as running that application and let it automatically renew your drivers.

However, for older printers and systems, this simple procedure won’t work. If there is no exe or application file included in the archive, you would have to go through the manual process of update. This would mean that you have to run the Add and Remove Hardware Wizard from the control panel and attempt to load the new drivers from there.

The best way to do it is to uninstall the existing drivers in your computer. Run the wizard and go for the remove hardware option. Once all the files are cleared, unplug the hardware from the system. This would allow for an easy reinstallation of the devices in your computer.

After uninstall, turn off your computer. Reattach the printer into your computer and the operating system would detect it. It would then attempt to load drivers automatically using its database. If it can’t find the drivers that match, the system would ask the user to install the device manually. This is where you have to browse through the location of the extracted files. Once Windows detect the inf and all the files needed, it would being to install the new and updated drivers. Your printer would then be working better than ever after reboot.

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