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The Importance of Printing Software

Much like any other device attached to your computer, your printer needs specific printing software in order to function correctly. This software allows the computer to communicate with the printer in order to send it print jobs or run diagnostic programs, while also allowing the printer to communicate with the computer to send it continual status reports, like low ink or print jam notifications, all of which combine to make your life as the end user a lot more straightforward.

However just because you've installed the printing software that comes in the box doesn't mean your maintenance is done... you'll need to keep an eye out for updates from your printing manufacturer. These software updates often fix major bugs that somehow made it through the testing process, or issues that arise because of poor compatibility with new software or drivers on your system.

In many cases your printing software will automatically search for these updates, prompting you to download the updated file as soon as it becomes available, but this is not often the case - and it would be inaccurate to assume that everyone who has a printer is continually connected to the internet.

For this reason, it is wise to regularly check the website of your printer manufacturer to search for both critical and optional software updates. It is also advisable to search any time you make changes to your computer configuration, whether that entails installing a new operating system, adding a new hardware component, or installing a new application that you would like to print from.

These practices will ensure that you should have very few problems with your printer, making your life an awful lot more straightforward!

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