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Installing printer I purchased a new computer. I'm trying to install my old printer, but lost the disk to install it. How can I skip this step?

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  • Cliff Rohner May 11, 2010

    What is the model of the printer? You can probally download the driver from the manufactor's website



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The CD has the driver software. It's what communicates between the PC and the printer. You have to install the driver or you won't be able to use the printer.
Go to the printer manufacturer's web site, and download the driver software.You can put it anywhere for the installation; but you might want to copy it to a CD for safekeeping.

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