Installing Printer Drivers

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Windows XP

Downloading a Driver

In order to search for the necessary driver, you must know your system type and operating system. In order to find this information, follow the instructions below.

  • Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools, and click on System Info.
  • Under the System Info locate the System Type and the OS Name.

Once you have the appropriate system information, go to the printer website to search for the driver that is compatible with your system and the printer. Please note that most drivers are designed for a specific device or device series (i.e. a 3550 driver will not work for a 3700 printer, even if both drivers are made by the same company). After downloading the driver, install it using the instructions below.

Installing/ Updating Printers Drivers Automatically Through Windows Hardware Wizard

In order to install or update a printer driver in Windows XP:

  • Go to Start > Printers and Faxes.
  • Right click the printer you wish to update and select Properties from the options.
  • Select the Advanced tab and click on New Driver.
  • Follow the steps in the New Driver Wizard.

In order to install or update a printer driver in Windows Vista or Windows 7:

  • Go to Start Menu > Control Panel.
  • In the top right-hand corner click the drop down box to select View by Category
  • Click Hardware and Sound and select Add a device, and Windows will automatically search for connected hardware .

Installing/Updating Printers and Drivers Automatically Mac OSx 10.5-10.6

By default, Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard installs software supporting the printers currently used by your Mac (if available), nearby printers on your network, and popular printer and scanner models. If you click the Customize button while installing Mac OS X v10.6, you can choose to install software only for printers currently used by your Mac (deselect all Printer Support options, except for "Printers Used by This Mac"), or you can choose to install all of the printer and scanner software that is available from the Mac OS X Install DVD (select all Printer Support options, including "All Available Printers").

To get software for printers that were not installed during the Mac OS X installation process, choose Software Update from the Apple menu, allow it to complete the process of "Checking for new software," and then connect your printer or add it using the Print & Fax pane of System Preferences. If software for your printer is available through Software Update, you will see a prompt asking if you would like to download and install this software. If you do not have access to the internet, you can insert the Mac OS X Install DVD and use Optional Installs to install the printer software available from the DVD.

Instructions taken from Mac OS X website