How to Install Your Printer Driver in Plain English

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Why would someone reinstall the printer driver? Well, it happens more often than you think. You have a printer and it works fine. Then you go to move, so you pack everything including your printer. Some things happen and pass a few months. When you reconnect your printer, it does not work.

Help! I do not have a printer CD
Something about printer CDs makes them dissolve in the air. You know that you had the installation CD and you could have sworn you put it on all the other CDs. Now you need it and it’s just gone. No reason to worry. We covered you.

Epson, Canon, Lexmark and all the other top brands know that people are losing the CD. That’s why they make it easy for you to have all the drivers you need right on their website. Browse all of your printers and drivers until you find the driver that suits your printer and operating system (Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7).

You will need:

  1. The model of your printer
  2. The operating system of your computer

If you do not have time to search the entire driver, run the driver update software to find and download the correct driver for you.

I found the driver, what now?

Congratulations, you have made it through the difficult part. It’s easy to reinstall the printer driver.

First, you need to download the driver to your computer. Downloading to the desktop makes the next step easier.
Open Device Manager. On Windows Vista and Windows 7, you can click Start, enter Device Manager, and it will appear under Programs. For Windows XP, click Start, Control Panel, right-click Systems, select Properties, click Hardware, click Device Manager
Scroll to your printer
Right-click the printer and click Update Driver
Follow the instructions on the screen to update the driver. If the computer does not find your download automatically, click Browse Computer. Then choose Browse and navigate to where you downloaded the driver.

There has to be an easier way

Yes, there is an easier way. However, not everyone wants the easy way, so we offer the manual way for those who want to do it themselves. You can get software that not only updates your printer drivers, but also updates all other drivers.

Driver Update Software is the easiest way to reinstall or update your drivers. With a few mouse clicks, all drivers on your computer are updated and can be started immediately.

First, click “Scan My Computer” and a list of all drivers to be updated will be created.
Then click Download All or select only the drivers you want to update, and the software downloads the latest drivers.
Next, click Install Driver and the software automatically installs all drivers for you.

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