Install Printer Driver in Windows® 7 system
Tips to install printer driver in Windows 7
Drivers are the software programs that are designed to help the Operating System to make a contact with the hardware part on the system. The hardware devices like the printers, mouse, speakers, etc cannot work on the system without the drivers. Thus drivers play an interface part in between the hardware devices and the system. The device drivers are preinstalled on the Operating System at the time of design itself. So the user only needs to update the driver software whenever necessary. The drivers for the devices that are inserted on to the system externally after the purchase of the system needs the installation of the driver software. The device drivers can be downloaded from the manufacturer's website and the drivers are also available for each Operating System. The Windows 7 Operating System includes an option to automatically download and update the device drivers. The hardware device installation settings provided for the devices can be changed by right clicking on the 'Device' option on the 'Control panel'. The Windows Update is the feature for automatically updating the drivers.
Discussed below are the methods to install printer driver on Windows 7:
- Choosing the driver software
- Steps to do the installation
- Points to keep in mind while installing printer drivers
Choosing the driver software
Click on the 'Start' menu and open the 'Control panel'. Then select the printer option from the window. Identify the printer device installed on the system. Also check whether the driver is preinstalled on the system from the system option in the 'Control panel'. If any software is installed, the user only needs to update the existing one. Else install driver software by downloading the same from the printer manufacturer’s website.
Steps to do the installation
Install the printer driver by double clicking on the downloaded file. Agree to the license terms of the driver software manufacturer and click 'Next'. Select a location for the file and press 'Next' button. Click on the 'Install' button while the page appears. The installation takes some processes for the installing of the associated components like the printer spoolers etc. Click 'Finish' button after the process.
Points to keep in mind while installing printer drivers
The user should take care while installing a printer on the Windows 7 Operating System. The compatibility of the driver software with the Operating system and the device should be noted. Download the software only from the printer manufacturer's website by mentioning the Operating System used. Update the software while needed. The Windows 7 Operating System enables the user with an option to add the drivers and updates for the software automatically. The user only needs to enable the option from the 'Control panel'.
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