How Can I Tell Whether My Printer Has a 32-Bit or 64-Bit Printer Driver?

By Todd Bowerman

Your Windows drivers will have the same bit rating as the OS.
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A computer “driver” is software that tells your PC how to interact with its peripherals. Your mouse, printer, fax machine and anything else connected to your computer need drivers to operate; otherwise, the computer doesn’t know what to do with them. Microsoft offers both 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows -- your printer drivers will match your operating system.

Right-click anywhere on the Windows 8 Start screen and select “All Apps.”

Scroll right and click “Control Panel” under the Windows System category.

Click “System and Security,” and then click “System.”

Locate the System type panel. If your system uses 32-bit Windows, it will say “32-Bit Operating System.” If you use a 64-bit install, it will say “64-Bit Operating System.” All of your drivers will need to match your system.