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Installing a printer
January 3, 2012
11:04 pm
Carol Tibbetts

I recently purchased a new computer with Windows 7.  My printer is a few years old and for Windows XP.  My new computer will not let me install the printer saying the system in incompatable.   Can this printer be installed or do I have to purchase a new one?


Thank you,

Carole Tibbets

January 4, 2012
10:35 am
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There is probably a way to make this old printer work with your new computer.

You don't say what printer model you have.  The version of Windows 7 also may make a difference.  64 bit or 32 bit?

First, Google (search) using the terms Windows 7 and *your printer model*.  You want to find a direct link to the printer manufacturer.  There are many bogus websites that will want to charge you and/or send you junk.

Check on the printer manufacturer's website for new drivers.  There is usually a link for updates and downloads.

Maybe it is time for a new printer.  They are inexpensive and usually have better quality than older printers.  Replacement ink is still where they make their money.

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January 9, 2012
10:32 am
William Brower

Mr. or Mrs. Geek,  Is there a small “travel printer” that you found works well and not too expensive.  Thanks, Will

January 12, 2012
11:11 am
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I have to laugh in thinking about our 'travel' printer.  Ours is a color, laser, duplexing printer.  It's about 2.5 feet square and another 2 feet high.  It's perfect for traveling … if you have custom furniture built just for it!  🙂

See what I mean in this blog post:…..iture.html

Jim said he did know of a nice little printer, but he hasn't had a chance to write here.  I think he said it was a Canon travel printer … I find one here: 

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