The printer driver is the one that lets you connect between hardware and software. To print normally and with all colors, you need the right drivers. When you upgrade your OS or during reinstall, you also need to update your printer drivers.
With Windows 11, new printer drivers are to be updated. Also, many users upgrade from Windows 10 to the latest OS. To fix broken colors and print, one has to update to the latest Windows 11 printer drivers.
If they are not available, then you can try with Windows 10 drivers or Microsoft default drivers.
- HP Printers.
- Canon Printers.
- Epson Printers.
- Brother Printers.
- Lexmark Printers.
Download HP Windows 11 Printer Drivers
There are different models in HP Printers. To see if Windows 11 drivers exist for your model, you can check this link. https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers
- Click on Printer.
- Enter your Product Model name.
- Or else select your Product from the popular printer models.
For eg. I chose HP Envy 500 All In One Series. There are 3 steps.
- Identify 2. Download 3. Install.
By default Windows 10 64 bit driver will be available. You can change the OS to Windows 11.
Install HP Smart App. The following things can be done with the app.
- Create an HP Account and register your printer
- Install printer software and drivers.
- Connect your printer to Wi-Fi, load paper and install cartridges.
Disconnect from VPN before downloading the printer drivers and HP Smart App. Disregard that message to login to Microsoft Store account. HP Smart is compatible with Windows 11.
Download Canon Windows 11 Printer Drivers
To download the printer drivers for models available in the USA, go to the following link – https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/support/drivers-downloads.
- Click on Printers
- Select your device from the broad category.
- Select your model from the next list.
I selected PIXMA and model no. PIXMA G1200. Select your OS as Windows 11. The current printer driver will be available.
Download Epson Windows 11 Printer Drivers
Go to the following link – https://epson.com/Support/Printers/sh/s1
This is the page where Epson shows all the different types and models of printer types. Click on the printer type for which you want to download the driver. You can also search by product model no.
For example, I clicked on “All In Ones”. Different model numbers are visible on this page. Click on the right model number eg. ET series. I selected the model number Epson ET-2500. Select Windows 11 as OS. Click on Go. Click the Download button to install the Windows 11 driver.
Other details like manual and warranty, faq, videos, registration, contact us can also be seen on this page. You can click on Windows 11 support at the button for any other questions.
Download Ricoh Windows 11 Printer Drivers
Go to the following link – https://www.ricoh-usa.com/en/support-and-download.
It gives the resources for support and downloads.
You can directly enter the model number. Otherwise, select the category and other sub-categories.
Scroll through to find Universal Printer Driver under more downloads. Click on it. The default is Windows 10 64 bit. You can select Windows 11 from the drop-down. It will scroll through a bit and you can download the Windows 11 64 bit drivers. Other drivers list is also available on the same page.
Download Brother Windows 11 Printer Drivers
It is another company which is one of the popular brands in the printers list. Go to the following link – https://support.brother.com/g/s/os/win/.
Select the type of printer you are using like for eg. Laser Products.
The page displays a note about the compatibility of printers with Windows 11.
Several model numbers are on display. Click your particular printer model for eg. HL-3040CN. Click on Go beside it. Under Downloads you can select Windows 11. Click on OK. Now your Windows 11 printer driver should download.
Last Few Thoughts …
In all the above 5 popular printer brands, Windows 11 drivers are available for all the new models. The old models may not have an exact Windows 11 printer driver. In that case, you can try Windows 10 or 8.1 drivers in compatibility mode. If that works out, you can keep it.
Otherwise, you can use the Microsoft printer drivers for Windows 11. In most cases, for both 32 bit and 64 bit, only a single Windows 11 printer driver is provided for now. As time goes on, both may be provided, just like in Windows 10.
To install the Windows 11 printer drivers, just run the .exe file and follow the next steps. You can always contact the company support team for any other queries. Sometimes, when you upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11, you may face printer driver issues.
In that case, it is better to completely uninstall the current drivers and reinstall them again.