This post shows students and new users how to install or upgrade their printer driver to the latest version to support more features in Windows 11.
Printers you purchase and older printers may need the latest drivers from the manufacturer so that they work well. Pinter driver updates can be used to provide enhancements and fix bugs in the printer software in Windows. So it’s always important to check for updated drivers.
The just released preview of Windows 11 comes many new features such as redesigned user desktop centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors and many more. If you upgraded from Windows 10, you may also want to check for printer drivers for Windows 11 so that the printer can continue to work.
Also, for students and new users who want to learn how to use Windows, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.
To get started with installing or upgrading your printer drivers, follow the steps below:
Update printer drivers from Windows Update
There are multiple ways to upgrade your printer drivers in Windows 11. All these methods will work. On way to get your printer latest drivers is to use Windows updates. Windows Update might find an updated version of your printer driver and install it.
To get to Windows Updates, use the steps below.
Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.
To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:
Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.
Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Windows Update, select Check for updates on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.
If Windows Update finds an updated driver, it will download and install it, and your printer will automatically use it. Sometimes, Windows will find the latest drivers, but not install it.
Click on Advanced options as highlighted below.
Then select Optional updates. If there are optional updates, they will be listed there. Select the update for your printers and install.
Download new printer drivers from online
Printer manufacturers usually release new and latest version of their products on their websites. Check your printer manufacturer’s support site. To find that, search the web for your printers’ manufacturer product page. Then look in the drivers section and download the version for your printer.
Most drivers you download from online are self-installing, meaning they will allow you to download their executable and run the installer. After you download them, double-click (or double-tap) the file to begin installing it.
Once the driver is installed, remove and reinstall the printer with the latest drivers.
Select the Start button, then select Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Printers & scanners .
Under Printers & scanners, find the printer, select it.
On the printer properties pane, click Remove to remove the current printer.
Once the printer is removed , go back to Start, then select Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Printers & scanners. Under Printer & scanner, click Add a printer or scanner. Wait for your device to find nearby printers, choose the one you want, and then select Add device.
This will install the printer with the newest drivers.
Manually install printer latest drivers
If the drivers you downloaded are not self-installing, you will have to manually update the drivers. To manually update your printer’s drivers, do the steps below:
Go back to Start, then select Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Printers & scanners. . On the right, under Related Settings, select Print server properties.
On the Drivers tab, see if your printer listed. If it is, you’re all set. If you don’t see your printer listed, select Add.
and on the Welcome to the Add Printer Driver Wizard, select Next. Follow the wizard and choose these settings. Choose both x64 and x86 process support.
In the Printer Driver Selection dialog box, on the left, select your printer manufacturer, on the right, select your printer driver, select Next, select Finish.
This should get the newly downloaded drivers installed and ready to use.
This post showed you how to update printer drivers in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.