Canon Printer Driver for Windows

Although Canon is known for cameras, its product range also includes printers. Canon offers printers for both the home user, as well as professional office users. Inkjets, laser printers, photo printers, and multi-function devices for scanning, copying, and printing. A Canon printer driver is required to enable Windows to use your printer if you are using a Canon printer in combination with a Windows PC.

Which Canon printer driver is required is determined by the printer model and connection type. Older Canon printers can use a USB port (or even a parallel port), while modern models often use a wireless connection or ethernet connection.

Download a Driver from Canon

As with many computer devices, the software for these devices can be obtained either directly from Microsoft or the product manufacturer. In the case of Canon, the best place to start for finding a printer driver is the Canon website.

  1. Open a web browser and visit the Canon printer website.
  2. Select the type of user you are in the top menu (1).
  3. Next, click the Support option in the main menu (2).
    Canon support website
  4. In the Search field, type the model number for your printer.
    Note: With most Canon printers, the model number is clearly visible on the front or top of the device. If not, look at the sticker on the back or bottom of the device.
  5. In the search result click the link for the product support (2).
    Canon printer model selection
  6. The web page shown next is specific to the selected product. Click the Software & Drivers option next to the printer image.
    Canon printer driver software
  7. Before you can download the Canon printer driver for your model, you need to select the Operating System (1) and Version of the operating system (2).
    Select Windows version
    Note: If your Windows version is not listed, the printer might not be supported on that version. You can try a driver for an earlier Windows version (make sure the architecture is correct – 32/64 bit), but there is no guarantee that it will work.
  8. Next, change the Type to Drivers, so the Results will only list the Canon printer drivers rather than all software.
    Canon printer drivers support
  9. Now click the DOWNLOAD button next to the top recommended entry in the result list. The top recommendation will be the latest version of the Canon printer driver for your printer model.
  10. Click the Yes button to confirm the License Agreement for the driver software if requested.
  11. Wait for the driver file to be downloaded. If required, select the destination on disk for the file when prompted (browser dependent).
  12. Click the Close button on the Canon web page to close the download page.
  13. Open a File Explorer window (Windows + E keys), and navigate to the Download location.
  14. To start the installation of the downloaded Canon printer driver, double-click the downloaded file (or select it and press Enter).
    Execute Canon Driver Installer File
  15. Click Yes in the UAC window to confirm the start of the setup program.
  16. If the printer setup starts automatically, follow the on-screen instructions to install the Canon printer driver (and software).
  17. In some cases, especially for older printer models, the downloaded file is a self-extracting executable. When executing the program, the installation files are extracted into a subfolder.
    Canon extracted driver files
  18. In this case, open the subfolder and navigate into the further subfolders (1) until you see the Setup.exe for the driver. Double-click Setup.exe to install the driver (2).
    Execute Canon driver installer
  19. Next, follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.
    Canon Printer driver setup

After these steps, your Canon printer driver is installed, and Windows should be able to communicate with the device.

In Windows 11, use Settings -> Bluetooth & devices -> Printers & scanners to see the installed printers on the PC. Click the printer to print a test page, change the preferences or run the troubleshooter.

Find a Canon Printer driver elsewhere

If you cannot find a driver for your Canon printer on the Canon support site, first make sure you have the right country selection. Not all Canon printers are sold and supported in all regions, so it is important to select the right region.

But for older Canon printers, support is no longer available directly from Canon. Canon offers support up to 10 years after the first release of its products. In that case, you will need to find a driver elsewhere. The best location is an original installation CD since you are certain it is a trusted source. The problem with that (apart from that they often get lost over time), is that it might not be the latest version. Compatibility with newer versions of Windows can be a problem.

Searching online for a driver can give you the right driver if you know how to look for it. But a better solution in most cases is to use a Driver Finder program to locate the driver for you. This program will scan your PC for all devices present and suggest the latest, correct drivers for your version of Windows.

Fix ‘HP Printer Install Failed in Windows’

HP Printer Install FailedLike any computer device, printers need additional software to function in Windows. For hardware devices, this software is generally called a driver. By default, Windows supports a lot of devices since many drivers are already included in Windows, but many devices still need a separate driver or additional software to operate; for Hewlett-Packard printers, this is also true.

HP printer driver packages include a lot of additional software, and not only the actual driver. This enables printer troubleshooting and offers additional printing functionality that is beyond the default Windows functions. As a result, the installation of HP printer driver software is a little more extensive and complex than other average drivers. Some HP printer driver installation packages are in the hundreds of megabytes!

The problem we are addressing here is when the installation of an HP printer driver fails, resulting in error messages like “driver fatal install”, or “fatal error during installation”. Further error details can contain file names, error codes, or version mismatches.

You can also see the following errors:
The drivers for this device are not installed (Code 28). To reinstall drivers, click Reinstall Driver.”
Fatal Error 2753 — MSI.dot4wrp

How to Solve HP Printer Install Errors

In most cases, driver installation errors can be solved by simply reinstalling the software again, sometimes a reboot is required before attempting the installation again.

But in the case of more complex software like HP printer software, a failed installation can cause all subsequent installation attempts to fail. The reason is that a failed installation can leave behind locked files, or registry information, which causes the next installation to fail.

In these cases, the next step is to first uninstall the previous installation, so that a clean system can be used to reinstall the HP driver software. The simplest way to do that is to uninstall the HP printer software from the Control Panel -> Uninstall (or Add/Remove programs) option. The Uninstall a program is found in the Control Panel under Programs -> Programs and Features in Window 7 and later.
Uninstall HP printer
In addition you can remove the HP printer in the Devices and Printers section of the Control Panel.

If, however, the HP printer software installation failed in an early stage, the software might not show up in the Control Panel uninstall list. That means the removal of the failed software will not be possible that way. The next thing to try in that case is to use a cleanup utility to fix the corrupted registry. Microsoft used to have the Windows Installer Cleanup Utility for this purpose, but due to conflicts with Office 2007, it was replaced by the Microsoft Fix It solution.

The Fix It solution will clear bad registry keys that can prevent programs from being installed. Keep in mind that it does not actually remove any files from the failed HP driver installation. Those will simply be overwritten by the next installation. Instead of the Microsoft solution, you can also try using a program to scan and fix the complete Windows registry, which does not limit itself to installer issues only. You can use such a program to clean all HP entries from your system before attempting the reinstall. We recommend using PC Cleaner for this purpose, you can download the program here.
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If you are running XP or Vista, it is also possible that the Windows Installer itself is corrupted. In that case you can simply try to download the Windows installer and reinstall that.

If reinstalling the Windows Installer is not possible, try to re-register it:

– Open a command prompt with administrator rights.
– Type: msiexec /unregister and press Enter.
– After the command completes type: msiexec /register and press Enter again.

For HP Officejet printers, HP used to offer a driver removal utility that could help you remove the HP printer driver for specific models. Unfortunately, this utility is no longer available from them.

Other steps that can help:

– Run a disk cleanup to clear out the temp folders, which are used for temporary installation files.
– Stop the HP services using the Manage Computer option to prevent DLL files being locked.

Reinstalling the HP Printer Software

After the install cleanup is finished and the Windows installer is fixed, you need to reinstall the HP Printer driver software. Unplug the HP Printer and reboot before you do this so that Windows does not install any default drivers for the HP device. During installation, you can reconnect the printer when the installation process indicates it. Please consider that even for wireless printers you sometimes need to make a physical connection with the PC during the initial installation. Please check the printer manual for details.

If installation still fails, and you are using a USB connection, try using a different USB port, and make sure not to use an external USB hub between the PC and the HP printer.

Windows 10 HP Printer Compatibility

Although a lot of HP Printers are supported even under Windows 10, not all HP printers will work. Especially older printer models have no direct support under Windows 10, more so when it is the 64-bit version.
There are a few things you can try to get an HP printer to install in Windows 10 anyway.
The first is to try and run the printer installer in Compatibility Mode. Simply right-click the driver installer file and in the popup, select Properties.
Windows 10 Compatibility Mode

You can now select Run compatibility troubleshooter. Windows will try to determine which Windows version the file is compatible with. Or you can manually choose the Windows version by using the Run this program in compatibility mode for option. After this, click OK, and execute the installer.

In some cases this method works, even though not all printer functions might be supported due to compatibility issues (often the case with printer/scanner combinations).

Use a Virtual Machine to circumvent the HP Printer Install Failed error

If the printer is not supported at all, even with the compatibility mode, you can choose to use a Virtual Machine (VM). In the Virtual Machine, you then run a version of Windows that still has support for your HP printer. The advantage is that you can still use the printer, the disadvantages are that you need to first still have a version of Windows that supports your printer, and you need to run the VM for all print functions, which means transferring all documents to be printed between the host (Windows 10), and the VM. Apart from being a complex solution, this is not a very convenient solution, so it is only interesting in a few scenarios.

To use a virtual Machine in Windows, you can use the Oracle VirtualBox software or the VMware Workstation Player. Both are free.

Lastly, always make sure to use the latest HP driver software, to guarantee that you are not suffering from old versions with possible bugs or limited functionality. To scan your PC for all drivers and find HP updates, use DriverFinder!

Three Canon Printer Error Problems & Solutions

Canon is one of the most widely used printer brands in the world. From the super-fast inkjet models to the cost efficient all-in-one solutions, their products make sure that you can print out important documents easily and conveniently. Unfortunately, Canon printers are susceptible to problems, as evident when Canon printer error messages began to make their presence known. Many of these codes are specific to the type of Canon printer you own, and here are three of the most common annoyances you are likely to encounter.

1) Power LED Lit Solid Orange
Canon Printer Error

Printer error messages do not always come in the form of numeric code. In fact, the LED on your device can tell you a lot about the problem. According to the manufacturer, the power LED on a Canon printer may be lit orange instead of green when the device needs to be set or requires maintenance. The recommended solution is to first turn off the machine, and then unplug its power cord from the power outlet. Next, wait a moment, and then plug the device in again and turn it back on. In many cases, this will solve the printer error message and if so, the power LED will glow green. However, if the LED remains orange, this particular error may indicate that your Canon printer needs to be repaired. In this case, your best bet would be to contact Canon’s technical support team for further assistance.

2) E27

The E27 printer error message is common on Canon Pixma all-in-one printers. This particular error occurs when the waste ink absorber is full. Your first inclination may be to clean the holder and cartridge itself to remove all excessive ink, dirt and spills. Unfortunately, most people do not have luck with these methods. The best resolution to the problem is to reset the waste ink counter. While this requires several steps and a lot of patience, it usually works on most Pixma models. To clear up this printer error message, follow the steps below:

– Simultaneously press the ON/OFF button and STOP/RESET button on your Canon printer.

– Press the ON/OFF button once and then the “STOP/RESET” button twice to enter the maintenance mode. (You should notice a value of “0″ on your LED indicator).

– Press the “STOP/RESET” button 4 times in order to reset the waste ink counter.

– Turn off your Canon printer.

– Turn the printer back on.

3) Ink is Missing

The “Ink is Missing” printer error message is among the oldest error codes for Canon printers. Oddly enough, this one can show up shortly after installing a fresh ink cartridge. The most common cause is using a generic brand of ink with your printer. You could try removing and then reseating the ink cartridge back in place but most of the time, this only serves as a temporary resolution. Your best bet would be to only install ink cartridges that are manufactured and supported by Canon. This way, you can dramatically reduce the threat of compatibility issues, get better technical support and receive a free replacement if problems should ever occur.

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