How to Install Your Printer Driver Due to Printer Driver Installation Error

If you need to reinstall your printer driver, it probably was. You have purchased a new printer, or you may need to reinstall the printer for some reason. You will go through the installation and you will get the following message: “Printer could not be installed, the printer processor does not exist.”

Error messages are always frustrating and this always seems to come when you really need to print something. It never comes when you have the time or the patience to find out what’s wrong. So here are some quick ways to fix this error message quickly and easily.

Manually install the printer driver

This method works only if you have the installation software that came with the printer. If you do not have the installation software, skip this section and go directly to the section “Automatically reinstalling the printer driver”.

Insert the installation CD into the drive. If it tries to start automatically, stop it.
Click Start
Click Control Panel
Select printers and faxes or printers and other hardware
Select Add new printer
Run the Hardware Wizard
Select “Automatically search for updated driver software”
Follow the instructions on the screen

After completing the hardware wizard, print a test page to make sure everything is working properly. If you continue to have problems, continue to the next section.

Reinstall the printer driver automatically

If the previous method did not work, or if you want to skip it and switch to a method that is guaranteed to find the correct and latest drivers for your printer, this method works.

First you have to go online and find a highly rated driver update software. You will be looking for a 5 cow rating from Tucows or another rating service. In addition, you want to find one that works for Windows 7, Vista, XP, and Windows 2000. This will let you know that the software is up-to-date with a variety of platforms. At least it has to work with your Windows operating system.

Next, you want to download the software and run the scan. It should list your printer as a driver. At this point you need to buy the software to download the new drivers. Do not be surprised if several drivers are found on your computer that need updating. This is normal and expected.

Finally, download and install the printer driver and any other drivers it finds. The entire process from scanning to searching for and downloading the drivers takes only a few minutes. When done, you may be asked to restart the computer. When you restart your computer, the printer will work properly.

How are my drivers outdated?

Software companies are constantly updating their drivers to make them run better and comply with Windows Update. When that happens, your drivers become outdated and you do not even know what happened. So it’s a good idea to check for driver updates at regular intervals.

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