Tips for Adding Microsoft® Windows® 7 Printer
What are the tips to add a printer in Windows 7 system?
There are several basic networking features in Windows 7 that are similar to those in Windows Vista. Some of the networking features have been improved in Microsoft's latest operating system. If you are upgrading from Windows XP, you will find that Windows 7's network interface is completely different. The Printer software directory contains programs developed to manage printers which also includes software for identifying and monitoring local and network printers as well as software for printing DVD and CD covers, business cards, mailing labels, brochures, posters, and other printable designs.
The tips to add a printer in Windows 7 system can be listed as follows:
- Look for Windows 7 printer drivers
- Run in Vista compatibility mode
- Install network printers locally
Look for Windows 7 printer drivers
If you are installing Windows 7 as an upgrade to a Vista system that already has your printer drivers installed, and the Windows 7 disc includes drivers for your printer, the new drivers will be installed as the part of the upgrade. If you are doing a fresh install, use Windows Update to check for newer drivers, and then test the printer to find out if the drivers support all of the features you need. The next step should be to go to the manufacturer's Web site and look for a download for your printer for Windows 7.
Run in Vista compatibility mode
Troubleshooting printer problems in Windows 7 is safer if it is done in compatibility mode. In order to enable this right-click on the installation program's filename, select Properties, and then the compatibility tab. Check the program in compatibility mode and choose Windows 7. Then apply the changes, choose OK to close the dialog box, and then run the program. The most installation programs should work the same way in any of the three Vista variations, but if the program does not work with one.
If the printer is on a network, you may need to tell the add printer wizard that you are installing a local printer, use LPT 1 as the port it's connected to, and then change the port setting after the driver is installed. IF you change the port, go to the devices and Printers dialog box, right click on the printer name, and choose printer properties.
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