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Printer errors are not uncommon and those like “Windows failed to recognize the new hardware” are very frequent when you try to install a new printer. Most of these errors happen when the printer driver is not installed properly, or when the printer driver is out of date or corrupted. Printer driver issues are the main reason for most of the printer errors. Luckily, most of the printer driver issues are easy to fix and the below post discusses the details of causes of some of the most common printer driver errors.
Printer drivers are software programs whose responsibility is to convert the data that the user commands to print to a form that is understandable by the printer. There can be many reasons for printer driver problems. Below listed are some of the most common reasons.
If there is a problem with your printer driver, you will not be able to print documents or some of the features of your printer might not work as normal. Two common printer driver error messages are listed below.
To fix printer driver problems, you can make use of a good driver update tool like DriverDownloader. After installing the program, open it and select Scan. The program will automatically identify the printer that is connected to the computer and find the latest driver available for it. It will then install the printer driver.
You can also install the latest driver version manually, but note that it can be a time consuming process depending on the driver, that you are looking to install. The steps to install the printer driver manually are explained below.
If the latest driver for the printer is stored in your computer, you can do the following steps to install it manually.
You can visit the website of the printer manufacturer to find the latest driver that is available for your printer model. You can then download the driver and follow the instructions provided on the website of the printer manufacturer to install it.
If you find that installing the latest driver does not fix the issues with your printer, the next thing that you can do is to uninstall and reinstall the printer. Uninstalling and reinstalling the printer is recommended when you encounter errors like printer settings not supported, enlarged coupon print, partial coupon print, weird symbol output etc.
To uninstall the printer, you need to navigate to the installed printer. The steps can vary with operating systems. Follow the below steps to navigate to the printer.
After navigating to the printer, you can follow the steps explained below to uninstall the printer.
These steps will remove the printer connected to your computer. Now you can reinstall the printer.