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Re: Universal Printer Driver
Originally Posted by Alan Morris [MSFT]
the universal printer driver is the core component for most PCL drivers,
unidrv.dll. The Generic/Text Only driver also uses the core unidrv
components as well.
There is no driver named Microsoft Universal Print driver.
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"anon_private" <email@example.com> wrote in
> I would like to install a Universal Printer Driver.
> Can someone point me to a good free driver that will run under Windows
> Vista Home Premium (32bit).
> What is the difference between Microsoft's Universal Printer Driver (I
> cannot determine if this driver is suitable for a home pc, or if it
> meant for Vista) and the Generic/Text only driver listed under printer
> drivers in Vista.
> If I wanted to install the Generic driver as well, would I use the
> Vista OS disk?
> Thanks for any help.
> Posted via http://www.vistaheads.com
Thanks for the response
I am new to this board. What does pcl mean.
Is there any point in installing the universal printer driver based on unidrv.dll, if I have installed the Generic/text only driver? Are they essentailly the same driver, or do they have different capabilities?
I also note that there are a couple of IBM Generic drivers available with Vista. Should these be able to drive any inkjet printer, or are they designed to drive any IBM printer?
On buying the pc, Microsoft's XPS Writer driver was pre-installed and configured to the XPS port.
My printer is connected to a USB port. I assume that if I want to use this driver then I should configure Writer to a USB port. Am I correct? That is, any driver that I decide to use should be configured to a USB port.