How to Install XP Print Drivers on a Windows 7 Computer


A lot of older hardware and software that worked with Microsoft Windows XP will no longer function under Windows 7 because of some fundamental changes to the Windows operating system. Although many manufacturers have released updated drivers, some have failed to update their software for compatibility with Windows 7. If this is the case with your printer, you can attempt to install the drivers using the Windows XP Compatibility Mode, a virtual environment that simulates Windows XP on Windows 7. Although this will work for some devices, not all software will function proficiently under XP Mode.

  • Download and install Windows XP Mode and Microsoft Virtual PC from if you have not done so already. It is provided free by Microsoft, and many installations may already have the software by default.

  • Navigate to the directory holding your Windows XP compatible driver or driver installation executable. Right-click the file, then click "Properties" in the context menu. Click the "Compatibility" tab.

  • Click to select the "Run This Program in Compatibility Mode" and "Run This as an Administrator" option boxes. Double-click the executable to launch the driver installation dialog.

  • Follow the instructions for your printer. The default installation options will work for most users.

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