Multifunction Printer is mainly an office or home machine which incorporates the functionality of a Printer, Scanner, Photocopier, and Fax and sometimes E-mail in it.
Multifunction Printer requires special drivers to work perfectly in Windows 7 computer. Mainly the device manufacturer provides the drivers and utilities that are needed to make sure the perfect working of the device but sometimes due to some reasons the MFP’s failed to work properly.
We can’t say when we have to face any problem and if you own a MFP that has been manufactured before the release of Windows 7 then you may face few of them anytime. The major problem occurs is that you could probably get the printing working, but the scanner and fax won’t work at all. This happens because of obsolete or old drivers you have installed in your PC.
Mainly the problem comes when you’ll try to install your MFP on a 64bit version of Windows 7. And this is also because your device manufacturer hasn’t released the proper drivers for a 64bit machine yet. So, to overcome from the miserable situation of malfunctioning of your Multifunction Printers you may try the following fixes.
Before trying any of the tips stated below, it’s better to check if your multifunction printer is compatible with Windows 7 or not. Check it in the list available at Windows 7 Compatibility Center website.
Check for latest Drivers of Multifunction Printer by Manufacturer
Before trying any other fix it’s better to visit the manufacturer website to check whether a newer version of drivers are available or not for your device. If they are available then you have hit the jackpot, download and install them to ensure the perfect working of your Multi-Function Printer.
Run Windows Update to search the drivers
Sometimes Microsoft has something for you, so it’s good to check once with them as well. To run Windows Update, take the following steps:
- Connect your Multifunction printer to computer.
- Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click System and Security.
- Under Windows Update, click Check for updates.
If an update will be available for your device, it will be automatically installed in your computer and configure you multifunction printer.
If you haven’t found any proper drivers for your multifunction printer, you can call manufacturer’s tech support for better assistance.
Sometimes, installing the old driver and device software in compatibility mode also works.
- To do so, just right click on the setup file and open Properties.
- Now go to Compatibility Tab and select an older version of Windows from the list and click Apply and OK.
- Run the setup file, complete the installation and try to use the device. Chances are low but it works in certain conditions.
There is nothing more you can do to make your device work perfectly on Windows 7 if the correct drivers aren’t available.
Here, I am providing you the download links of latest version of drivers of top MFP manufacturers.
- Brother printer drivers
- Canon printer drivers
- Dell printer drivers
- Epson printer drivers
- HP printer drivers
- Kodak printer drivers
- Lexmark printer drivers
- Samsung printer drivers
- Sharp printer drivers
- Toshiba printer drivers
If you are still facing any trouble in fixing your Multifunction printer, ask me personally using by commenting below!