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Adding a Printer

Even though you print from within a program, Windows XP manages the print job behind the scenes. Therefore, you set up a printer in Windows, and then all programs can access and use that printer. In many cases, Windows can automatically set up your printer after you attach it to your computer. Automatic setup is the easiest way to set up a printer. However, if that doesn't work, you have several other options.

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A driver is a file that tells Windows the specific details of your hardware component, such as how it works and what features it has. The driver enables Windows to communicate with the hardware component and put the component to use. Printers, for instance, have drivers, as do other hardware components, such as modems.



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