How to Install Printer Drivers in Windows Vista

by Kefa Olang
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Windows Vista enables you to run and use a variety of printers ranging in model, design and efficiency. Printer drivers are software that enable your printer to communicate with your computer so that you can perform printing tasks. Windows Vista makes it simple for you to install printer drivers using one of two simple methods. Whether you are using a DeskJet, InkJet or LaserJet printer, install drivers quickly and easily.

Using the Printers folder

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" button, click the "Control Panel," and then click "Hardware and Sound." Click "Printers" to launch the printers folder.

Step 2

Right-click the printer that you want to install drivers for and click "Run as administrator." Click "Properties." If prompted, type your administrator password and click "OK."

Click the "Advanced" tab and click "New Driver" to launch the "Add Printer Driver Wizard." Follow the guided prompts in the installation wizard to complete the printer driver installation.

Installing printer drivers from a manufacturer's website

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" button, select "All Programs" and then click "Accessories."

Step 2

Click "System Tools" and click "System Summary." This launches a new dialog box that displays information about your computer. Review the OS Name and System Type to find out the version of Windows Vista that you are running.

Go to your printer manufacturers website and locate the "Downloads" section. Search for a printer driver that is compatible with your version of Windows. Once you find it, follow the guided prompts to install the printer driver on your computer.


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About the Author

Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.

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