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[Solved] Reinstall Printer Drivers After Upgrade to Windows 10


Printer is one of the most important hardware in office. People use printer to print documents, copy files, send files and do other things. So no matter which type of printer you are using in windows 10, keep the printer working is important. If you upgrade the system from Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 to Windows 10, the most pleasing thing is that when you upgrade to windows 10, your printer can work properly.

But sometimes, after you upgrade your system to Windows 10, you will find the printer is incompatible with Windows 10, it cannot work properly or it cannot work. Because we need to print documents with the printer, so we must solve the incompatible printer driver problem in windows 10.

This article will solve two problems: how to install printer drivers in windows 10 and how to install incompatible printer drivers after upgrade to windows 10.

Install Printer Drivers in Windows 10 Step by Step

There are different manufacturer's printers such as HP, Brother, Canon, Epson, Ricoh, Dell, Lexmark, OKI, etc. And here I have a HP LaserJet M1522nf printer, so I will use this printer as an example. Before you read this slightly more complex steps, you can try to use automatically way to update printer drivers.

Step 1: Check my system version.

On desktop, right-click "This PC" and choose "Properties" from the pop-up menu. So you will enter the computer system.

check the system

From this interface, It shows my system is Windows 10 Pro, it is not important. The system type is importantly, it determines what kind of drivers we will download. I use the Windows 10 64-bit operating system.

Step 2: Download HP LaserJet M1522nf Printer Windows 10 drivers

First, use Google to search the driver.

google search hp laserjet m1522nf driver

Then click the first result to enter the HP official drivers download page.

download hp laserjet m1522nf printer driver windows 10 from hp official site

From this page, choose the right driver language and the right system. Here we choose the English and Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) items.

After you finished these items, it will show downloading lists of the drivers, fireware and other software.

download list

We find the Driver download list on the top, and click the "+" left this item, you will see the drivers list.

download windows 10 64 bit hp universal print driver

Choose the first one, HP Universal Print Driver for Windows PCL6 (64-bit) and then click the "Download" button to download this driver.

Step 3: Install driver.

Double click the driver program, and it will remind you to unzip it, follow it.

double click univeral printer driver windows 10 program

Follow all the guidelines. Accept the license agreement by click "Yes".

accept license agreement

Choose the traditional mode. It helps you to create a regular printer object in your printers folder.

choose traditional mode

After you click "Next" button, it will appear two interfaces. One is installing the HP universal printing driver, another one is add a printer to your windows 10.

two interfaces

The HP Universal Printing Installer interface will not finish until you set up another item of Add Printer.

Step 4: Add a printer.

Choose the first option of "My printer is a little older. HP me find it", then click "Next" to enter the next step.

find a printer for windows 10

The system will help you scan your hardware and search the available printers for you. After it searched for you, click "Next" button. There is an important thing you need do is keep your printer running.

find a avaliable printer after searching

Tips: If you turn off your printer, the system cannot find your printer.

no printers were found

After you click the next, it will check the device, model and other things. Then you will see the next interface.

recommend way

This page provides two driver versions options, we need to choose the recommended option "Use the driver that is currently installed", click "Next". And it start install the driver for you.

successfully added hp universal printing pcl 6

So you can finish this step by click "Finish" button. To check if your printer is working properly, please click the "Print a test page" button. The printer will start print a windows printer test page.

windows printer test page

From the windows printer test page, you will see these words on the top that you have correctly installed your HP universal printing PCL 6.

After you click the "Finish" button, it will pops to control panel page and shows the devices and printers. You will see the printer is list on printers item.

shows on devices and printers list

The hook on the printer means this is the default printer. If the system detect your have only one printer, it will automatically set it as the default status.

Step 5: Finished driver installing.

After you add the printer to the device list, the "HP Universal Printing Installer" will finish all works. It will tell you the printer installation complete. Now click "Finish" button. You have already installed the HP LaserJet M1522nf printer driver in windows 10.

hp universal printing installer finish

There is another way you can do to install printer drivers for windows 10. You can automatically download and update printer drivers and other hardware drivers easily.

Solve Incompatible Printer Drivers Problem After Upgrade to Windows 10

Sometimes, when you have an older printer, and you find it cannot work properly after upgrade current system to Windows 10, this caused by the incompatible drivers. The previous printer driver only supports Windows 7, it is not supports Windows 10. So how to solve the un-compatible drivers problem to make printer works is necessary.

How to install incompatible printer drivers on Windows 10

Step 1: Download the driver file.

If the latest version of the printer is only supports Windows 7, 8 and 8.1, download it to the local drive.

Step 2: Choose "Troubleshoot compatibility" menu.

incompatible printer troubleshoot compatibility

Right click this menu, and it starts detect the issues. There process will continue several seconds.

program compatibility troubleshooter detecting issues

Step 3: Choose "Troubleshoot Program" option.

After detecting process end, there will appear two troubleshooting options, choose the second one "Troubleshoot program" to customize your compatibility settings. The fist one option will not solve your problem good.

troubleshoo program

Step 4: Choose the first option.

This interface reminds you to choose the problems description. Choose the first one "The program worked in earlier versions of Windows but won't install or run now" and then click "Next". This option is describe the driver compatible problem.

the program worked in earlier versions of windows but not works now

Step 5: Choose the pervious system.

Choose the right system such as Windows 8 or Windows 7 this printer driver works properly before. Here choose Windows 7 because it is the last system that printer works fine before upgrade to Windows 10.

the compatible system

Click "Next".

Step 6: Test the program.

Here you need to choose the button of "Test the program". All previous steps are to detect the issue and prepare to install the incompatble drivers.

test the program

Step 7: Follow the "Install Printer Drivers in Windows 10 Step by Step > Step 3 install driver". The next steps are the same.

I think this can help you to solve most of the incompatible printer drivers not working on Windows 10 system.

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