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Microsoft Windows: 32-bit vs 64-bit?


Unlike certain software applications, device drivers such as printer drivers must match the operating system architecture.

The rule for printer drivers:

  • If you have a 32-bit version of Microsoft Windows, you must use 32-bit device drivers.
  • If you have a 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows, you must use 64-bit device drivers.

Before You Download Your Printer Driver

Check your operating system version or "System Type" to determine whether you need a 32-bit or 64-bit printer driver. For most versions of Windows, you can determine the operating system by right-clicking your Computer icon in the start menu or desktop, and then choosing Properties from the menu, as below.

To check your operating system version:

Select the Start button, then select Settings System About 


For more information, see https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/15056/windows-32-64-bit-faq to determine whether your computer is running a 32-bit version or 64-bit version of the Windows operating system.

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Incorrect Printer Driver?

Failure to identify your operating system before downloading and installing your device driver will result in operating system-generated installation errors.

For example, an attempt to install a 32-bit printer driver on a 64-bit operating system will generate this error: "Printer driver was not installed. Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000002)."

Screenshot of incorrect driver to bit