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My 2006 Brother HL-2040 stopped working while I was gone on vacation and turned off the computer. In an effort to re-install it, I removed the program and now cannot re-install it and connect the printer. I have inserted the installation disc that came with the program and the computer does not recognize it. I have attempted a manual installation and the "add printer" feature on printers and faxes does not have an HL-2040 listed. I apparently do not have the technical expertise to download the 2040 driver from the Brother site as I cannot get past the point where it tells me to unzip the files from the download. I was instructed to make a temporary folder to download the installation into and then was to double click on the folder...but I don't know how to make the temp folder. I right click on the desktop and get a "new folder" but the information does not seem to go into it. My computer was made by a local company. I did not want Vista so they got "permission" and used the harddrive with Vista but converted it back to XP (if that is of any consequence). Do you have a user friendly suggestion that would allow/help me to reinstall my printer and put it back into use???

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  • schwynoch Aug 05, 2010

    I asked for a user friendly possible solution and got references to a variety of other websites. I have no idea what many of the terms refer to. The technical help I received is worthless. I mentioned XP and the solutions seemed to be mostly for Vista.

    I would really appreciate a step-by-step description of how to re-install my XP Brother printer HL-2040 driver.

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Go to the manufacture's website. Download the latest drivers. Once download, double-click the file so it installs the drivers onto your pc. Once installed, reboot pc. If needed, download the software from their website as well. Don't use discs as they are not up to date.

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