How to Copy a Printer Driver from One Windows XP Computer to Another

By Mircea Gabriel Suciu

Printer drivers can be transferred between two Windows computers.
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Transferring a printer driver from one Windows computer to another can be useful if you do not have access to the installation CD provided by your printer's manufacturer. You may also want to do this if the computer on which you want to install the printer does not have an active Internet connection via which you could locate the driver online. You can copy printer drivers between machines running Windows XP using just a USB flash drive.

Right-click the "My Computer" icon, located on the source computer's desktop. Select "Properties" from the context menu.

Click "Device Manager" in the "Hardware" tab.

Locate your printer in the list of available devices. In "Device Manager," printers are normally shown under the "Imaging devices" category. Right-click your printer and select "Properties."

Click the "Driver Details" button, located in the "Driver" tab, to display the location of the driver files on the hard drive. Make note of this path.

Use "My Computer" to navigate to the location where the driver files are stored.

Insert your USB flash drive in any USB port of the source computer.

Copy the driver files from the hard drive of the source computer to the USB flash drive. Remove the USB device when done.

Insert the flash drive on the target computer and copy the driver files to the same location as in the source machine.