Frequently Asked Questions
General Frequently Asked Questions
Special thanks to the Microsoft Printing, Imaging and Fax MVPs: Cari Miller, Bruce Sanderson and Russ Valentine for making this FAQ possible.
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Windows XP Fax and printing questions:
Questions about printers, print client and server setup, drivers, compatibility for Windows 2000:
Setup, configuration, and troubleshooting of client and server Fax Services and tools for Windows 2000:
A "driver" is a software component that is used by applications and the Windows Operating System to talk to a piece of hardware. Without a properly installed driver, the device probably won't function at all. Many problems with printers, scanners, faxes and all-in-ones are due to problems with drivers.
Sometimes problems are resolved with newer versions of drivers that provide bug fixes or feature enhancements. Updating your device's driver to a newer version may solve the problem you're seeing. Drivers designed for older Operating Systems may not work on Windows 2000, XP or 2003, and should be upgraded.
Drivers are created and supplied by the manufacture of the hardware, and often come on the CD that shipped with the device. You can usually download the newest driver for a device at the manufacturer's website. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to uninstall the old driver and reinstall the new one. See http://members.shaw.ca/bsanders/possiblyusefullinks.htm for links to some of the printer manufacturer’s pages for downloading new drivers.
Updated drivers may be available via Windows Update. In Internet Explorer, click Tools, Windows Update.
5. Where can I get an explanation of the words and terms used in Windows Printing related dialogs and documentation?
As with most technical things, the Windows printing infrastructure, dialogs and documentation use certain common words to mean very specific things. Sometimes this can cause confusion or misunderstanding.
Windows XP’s Help and Support has a Glossary that explains some of these words and terms. Click Start, Help and Support, key glossary in the Search text box, press Enter and click Windows Glossary in the Search Results pane. Also, see http://members.shaw.ca/bsanders/Glossary.htm for an explanation of many of the words and terms used in connection with Windows printing.
Last Updated 30 Dec 2004