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This article addresses the following questions regarding the Windows printer drivers:
Who Writes Windows Printer Drivers?Windows printer drivers are developed through the cooperation between Microsoft and the independent hardware vendor (IHV) that manufactures the print device. Microsoft's role is to assist IHVs with programming and testing of the printer driver's interaction with Windows. The role of the IHV is to assist Microsoft in addressing either the general features or the entire feature set of the print device.
Where Are the Printer Drivers Available from Microsoft?Windows supports all print devices listed in the latest Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). A copy of the HCL is located in the Support directory on the Windows compact disc. For additional information about the most recent HCL, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
131303If a print device is not listed in the HCL and there is a high demand for printer support in Windows, Microsoft can work with the IHV to make the printer drivers available. To make your need for a particular driver known to Microsoft, please see step 3 in the "What If Microsoft Does Not Have the Printer Driver?" section below.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/131303/EN-US/ )Latest Windows 2000 and Windows NT Hardware Compatibility List (HCL)
For a list of the latest Windows NT 4.0 drivers, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
142643For a list of these drivers, query on the following word in the Microsoft Knowledge Base (without the spaces):
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/142643/EN-US/ )Windows NT 4.0 Driver Library
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NOTE: This query will not work on TechNet or the Web.
Other locations of the printer drivers are as follows:
For additional information about how to install a PPD file in Windows NT 3.51, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/142057/EN-US/ )How to Install PPD Files from PostScript Printer
What If Microsoft Does Not Have the Printer Driver?If Microsoft does not have the printer driver:
Article ID: 156082 - Last Review: February 27, 2007 - Revision: 2.3