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Universal Printer Driver Installation via a USB or Parallel Printer Connection

Document ID:HO3184

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How to perform USB driver installation with a universal driver; How to install a universal driver; How to install a locally attached USB printer; How to install a locally attached parallel printer; How to set up a printer with use of a universal driver; How to connect and use a universal driver; Microsoft Windows Vista; Microsoft Windows XP; Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server; Microsoft Windows Server 2003; Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition; Microsoft Windows 2000; Microsoft Windows Vista



This article describes how to install the universal printer driver (UPD) in a Microsoft Windows environment. 

Before you begin

In the following order:
  1. Download the self-extracting universal driver file.

  2. Double-click on the file name to extract the driver files to a destination directory/path/folder.  NOTE: You can change this directory path if necessary.

  3. Make a note of this destination directory (e.g. C:/drivers/etc).

  4. Close the Add Printer Wizard following the extraction process; you will be installing the printer through the Found New Hardware Wizard.

  5. Connect the printer to the computer using a USB or parallel cable.

  6. Turn the printer ON.

  7. The Found New Hardware Wizard will open; follow the installation steps for your operating system version below. NOTE:  Failure to install the printer through the Found New Hardware Wizard will result in the creation of two printer objects.

Procedure: Universal Driver Installation

Windows Vista:

Step Action
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  1After logging into Windows Vista, observe the Found New Hardware Wizard and select Locate and install driver software (recommended).  Image
  2The next screen requests permission to search for a driver online.  Since you have already downloaded the driver to a local directory, select Don't Search Online. Image
  3Select I don't have the disc.  Show me other optionsImage
  4Select Browse to locate the directory containing the extracted driver files, or directly type the directory path  (e.g. C:\drivers) in the dialog box, and select Next.Image
  5A list of drivers found in the specified directory will now appear; select the appropriate driver, and select Next. Image
  6Observe the progress bar as the installation of the driver takes place.  Image
  7Observe an installation successful message. Image

Windows XP:
Step Action
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  1When Found New Hardware Wizard appears, select No, not this time, and click Next.   Image
  2Select Install from a list or specific location (Advanced), and click Next.  Image
  3Select Don't search.  I will choose the driver to install, and click Next. Image
  4Under Common Hardware Types:, select Printers and click Next.Image
  5Click Have Disk.Image
  6Click Browse to locate the directory containing the extracted driver files (universal driver  .inf file).Image
  7Click on the .inf file so it populates the dialog box next to File name:, and click Open. Image
  8An Install From Disk window will appear. Click OKImage
  9Select Lexmark Universal and click Next. Image
  10Click Yes to the Update Warning.Image
  11Click FinishImage

Windows 2000: 
Step Action
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  1When Found New Hardware Wizard appears, select Next. Image
  2Select Display a list of known drivers for this device so that I can choose a specific driver, and click Next. Image
  3Select Printers from the list of Hardware types:, and click NextImage
  4Add Print Wizard now appears, select Have Disk...Image
  5Install From Disk appears. Select Browse to locate the directory of the extracted universal driver files (universal driver .inf file). Image
  6Once the directory is located, click on the .inf file so that it populates the dialog box next to File name:, and click Open. Image
  7Install From Disk appears again with the directory of the driver listed under Copy manufacturer's files from:. Click OKImage
  8Click on Lexmark Universal to highlight it, and click Next. Image
  9Observe the Update Driver Warning, and click Yes. Image
  10Click Next to the Start Device Driver Installation notification.Image
  11Observe the transfer of driver installation files.  Image
  12Click Finish to finalize the installation and close the Wizard.Image

Still have questions?

Please contact Lexmark Technical Support for additional assistance.  NOTE:  When calling for support, you will need your printer model type and serial number.
Please call from near the printer and computer in case the technician asks you to perform a task involving one of the devices.    

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