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I purchased a dell computer Microsoft vista(Inspiron- 530).

And my Brothers MFC-420CN will not print from the computer. Can you tell me why it want work.Thank You, Elaine

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Has the software been installed? 

http://www.brother-usa.com/SiteSearch.aspx?sk=MFC-420CN

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