Computers Firmware & Drivers

How To Find Drivers For a Printer

Introduction

Every one knows that you cannot use a printer without the right drivers for it. So setting up your printer is an important step before you can print out your documents or pictures. For anyone that uses Windows 7, finding the right drivers for your printer is easy because it is an automated process that requires a very small amount of work from the user point of view. This tutorial will help you set up and find the best drivers for your printer even if you are not using Windows 7.

Step 1

Usually the drivers for your printer are in the printer package but if you lost your original drivers here is an easy way to get the best drivers for your printer. First off all you need to enter in the Control Panel. In the CP you can find all the important information about everything that is installed on your computer. This includes hardware and software that is on your computer. The CP is the bridge of your computer, it tells everything that is happening with your system. To get to the Control Panel you just have to click on the Start button and look in your Start Menu for Control Panel. After you located the Control Panel just click on it and a new window will open. This is the Control Panel.

Step 2

From here you can access every part of your computer. You will find among the icons of the Control Panel an icon for Printers and Faxes. Click on this icon. A new window will appear and you will see all the printers connected to your computer. You can also find previous installed printers here. 

Step 3

Now locate the name of your printer, it should have a checkmark close to it, this checkmark tells us that this is the default printer, the printer that all software will use as first choice. After you located your printer right click on the icon. A drop-down menu will pop. You will find in this menu a button that says Printing Preferences. Click that. Now you have found your drivers for your printer.

Step 4

If your printer is not set up correctly the driver will not be efficient. You can update the drivers for your printer by selecting the update driver button from the printing preferences menu. Windows will automatically search for the best drivers for your printer. If this doesn’t work then you will need to find the drivers for your printer manually. The easiest way to get your drivers for the printer is to go to the manufacturer’s webpage.

Step 5

All the manufacturers keep on their website a downloadable version of all the drivers for all their products. They are usually found on the support or download page. To make sure you get the right drivers for your printer enter in the search the name and model of your printer, like Cannon Mp150. The search engine will then locate the drivers for you. Now all you have to do is download them and install them on your computer.

By Bob Meadow, published at 02/14/2012
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