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Lost Printer Installation Disk

Posted By On June 17, 2008 @ 5:01 PM In Printing Help | Comments Disabled

Q:
I just got a new computer and when I went to install my printer on it, I realized I don’t have the installation disk anymore. Is there anything else I can do to get my printer installed? Please help me!

A:
You’ve come to the right place! I have some information I think you’re really going to like. So, here’s the deal: you get a new computer and of course, you want to install your printer on it so that you have the same printing capabilities you had with your old computer. Or, perhaps your printer was accidentally deleted from your computer and you’re simply lost without it. Either way, you need to install your printer again and to do that, you need your installation disk. But you’ve lost that too? Is there anything else you can do? Read on to find out!

Lucky for you, there are a couple other things you can do to get your printer installed. People lose their printer installation disks all the time and because of that, manufacturers are implementing new methods that make everything easier. These days, most printer manufacturers are including downloads on their Web sites for the software and drivers that are needed to use their products.

So, if you’ve lost your printer installation disk, simply go to the manufacturer’s Web site and look it up. For example, let’s say you have an HP printer. For that, go to www.hp.com [1] and click on the link that says Software and Driver Downloads. You can then choose the task you want to complete and enter in the type of printer you have. It even gives you examples to follow to make the whole process easier.

Once you find your printer type, just follow the rest of the directions and you’ll be on your way to downloading exactly what you need. You can then install your printer with ease and go back to business as usual. As long as you have a fairly new printer, this method will work. Luckily, manufacturers have been doing this for awhile now, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the type of printer you have.

Now, if you don’t care for that method, there is one other thing you can do. You can contact your manufacturer and request a copy of your installation disk. Chances are, they’ll refer you to their Web site, but if you’d really rather have a hard copy of the disk, they should be able to send you one in the mail. Of course, you will have to wait for it to arrive, but it can be done. If you’re not in a big rush to get your printer installed, this may work better for you anyway. Otherwise, I would suggest getting what you need from the manufacturer’s Web site.

Either way, you’ll be able to install your printer and go on your merry way. You can’t beat that!

~ Erin


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