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My desktop computer won't let me install my printer

Computer screen froze last night and I tried to shut it down to restart it. Somehow, I hit OK and it kicked out my printer and set the default to some unknown printer. So, I can't print and I really need to!! Please help.

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  • beautie4ashe Sep 17, 2008

    Hey.. No the problem has not been resolved. My desktop is an old Compaq... I can't find the disks (maybe because this has not happend before and the machine is years old).. so, can you suggest an alternative? Would I need to purchase new disks and follow those directions??

    Thanks in advance for the prompt response.

  • jayrimbo Sep 30, 2008

    i've lost my disc to install my printer, and i desperatley need to use it - HELP!!!

  • steve shroder May 11, 2010

    what operating system? do you have disks that came with the machine?

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Go to the printer manufacturer's web site and find their support tab, driver tab, and download your particular printers drivers for your particular operating system. If you post back with the make, model, of your printer, along with your pc operating system i can give you more detailed advice. Good Luck!

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