Your HP printer at times may fail to deliver the desired output due to a driver issue. It won’t be easy for you to fix the issue, if your HP printer has contracted some problems with the driver. Moreover, the problems caused by drivers are very frustrating as work can come to a standstill. Although there are number of ways to get rid of this problem but to do that you must have good technical knowledge about HP printers and drivers.
Lets have a closer look at the causes of driver issues with HP printers and the best ways to fix them.
Know about drivers and their role in running your printer
Drivers are software components that are must to establish communication between a hardware device and the operating system (OS). Due to this reason whenever, the driver gets outdated or develops some problem, the operating system loses the communication link with the hardware causing it to malfunction. The operating system receives the information through drivers and then commands the hardware to function accordingly. This is the reason due to which a driver gets outdated whenever you update the operating system.
While installing new hardware you also require running a Windows update. Your OS requires to acknowledge the newly installed hardware and therefore you need to update Windows if you have not done so already. The Windows Update will check and determine if it needs to find out a new driver for your computer. If it finds new drivers then you need to install them.
You can install new drivers by following some simple steps as mentioned below:
- If you are using a Windows computer then click on the ‘Start’ button, then go to ‘All Programs’ and then click on ‘Windows Update.’
- You will find here the text ‘Check for updates’ in the left pane where you need to click
- Remember to always click on ‘View available updates.’
After performing these three simple steps you would be able to see about the missing drivers as well as the available updated drivers. The operating system then shows you a list of drivers from where you can select the drivers that you want to install and then click ‘Install’.
Manual update of HP printer drivers
If the above mentioned method of updating drivers does not prove to be of much help then you may require updating the drivers manually. This process is more methodical and requires undivided attention.
- First of all you need to access Device Manager. To do that click on ‘Start’ and navigate to the ‘Control Panel.’
- Go to ‘System maintenance’ and then ‘Device Manager.’ Here you may require to enter a password to access the Device Manager.
- After you access the Device Manager, find the particular printer for which you need to update the driver and then double-click on it.
- Now find the ‘Driver’ tab and click on ‘Update driver.’
This way you would be able to update the HP printer driver manually through the Device Manager of the Windows OS.
Update driver with the driver update software
Apart from the above mentioned methods you can also update the driver of your HP printer by using the particular driver update software. Although you may find the software on the manufacturer’s website, it might become time consuming.
The most convenient way of updating printer driver is to use powerful driver update software. By using the appropriate printer driver that is compatible with the hardware and the operating system, you can make the printer function normally as before.
In order to prevent driver issues with your HP printer, you are advised to run antivirus and antimalware software regularly because viruses and malware tend to corrupt drivers to make the printer malfunction. You should also use a registry cleaner so that issues do not crop up due to a corrupt or stuffed registry in the Windows operating system.