If you have recently upgraded to Windows 10 or purchased a new computer with the operating system, you may be wondering where your printer drivers are stored. Printer drivers are essential for the proper functioning of your printer, and knowing where they are stored can be helpful for troubleshooting and configuration purposes. In this article, we will explore where printer drivers are stored in Windows 10 and how you can access them.
Before we dive into where printer drivers are stored, it is important to understand how to access printer configuration in Windows 10. To do this, go to the Start menu and type “printers” in the search bar. Click on “Printers & scanners” from the results. This will open the printer configuration window where you can manage your printers and their settings.
Where are Printer Drivers Stored in Windows 10?
Printer drivers in Windows 10 are stored in the C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository folder. This folder contains all the necessary files for your printer drivers, including the .inf files, which are responsible for installing the driver. You can also find the driver files in the C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\prn*.inf_amd64_* folder, where * represents the name of your printer.
How to Access Printer Drivers
To access your printer drivers, you will need to have administrator privileges. Once you have these privileges, you can navigate to the FileRepository folder by following these steps:
- Open File Explorer and go to the C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository folder.
- Locate the folder with the name of your printer and open it.
- You will see a list of files, including the .inf file, which is the driver file.
- You can right-click on the .inf file and select “Install” to install the driver.
Troubleshooting Printer Drivers
If you are experiencing issues with your printer, knowing where the driver files are stored can be helpful for troubleshooting. You can try reinstalling the driver by following the steps mentioned above. If that does not work, you can also try updating the driver by right-clicking on the .inf file and selecting “Update driver.” This will prompt Windows to search for the latest driver updates and install them if available.
Printer drivers are an essential component of your printer’s functionality, and knowing where they are stored can be helpful for troubleshooting and configuration purposes. In Windows 10, printer drivers are stored in the C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository folder, and you can access them by navigating to this folder. If you are experiencing issues with your printer, you can try reinstalling or updating the driver from this location.
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