How to Select a Compatible Printer Driver for Windows® 7
It is important to understand that different printers can have different levels of support in the Windows 7 edition. For a single-function printer, the first, and most minimal, level is the ability to print and beyond that, a Windows 7 driver might or might not support such features as duplexing that is printing on both sides of a page or multiple paper trays. For a multifunction printer MFP also known as an all-in-one, or AIO support might or might not cover other functions besides printing like the drivers included on the Windows 7 disc and on the Windows Update site allow printing and scanning, but the scan support for network printers in many cases is limited to scanning over a USB connection. Both Microsoft and most of the printer manufacturers have made an effort to make the move to Windows 7 easier. The printer driver could be downloaded from Internet or by using the installation CD containing the driver settings.
The following points discuss about printer driver compatibility in Windows 7:
- Compatibility Icons
- Product Search
- Extended Support
A good place to start your research would be with the Microsoft Windows 7 Compatibility Center. Check the compatibility status of your software and devices so that you could choose hardware from the drop-down list and then enter your printer model. This would either turn up a list of possible matches or show a single exact match of your printer. If your printer turns up in the search results, it would most likely have a green checkmark with the notations Compatible and learn more.
You must keep in mind that the information in the Compatibility Center is not definitive albeit the detail page for any given printer typically includes a link to the manufacturer's Web site. Depending on the manufacturer, you might or might not find additional information on the site, but you should follow the link to find out anyway. You need to install only the compatible driver for your printer device.
Some printer manufacturers also provide Windows 7 updates on its own site for many of its printers, with full support including such things as bundled software with OCR modules. The level of support available differs from one manufacturer to another and even from one model to the next for any given manufacturer. So if you want to install the printer driver for Windows 7, you have to not only ask if your printer would work with that driver in Windows 7 before you make the change, but also you should try to find out whether it's fully supported. It helps to know whether you have to download an update to get the most support possible.
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