Windows 10: Should I install a Windows 8 printer driver in compatibility mode?

Discus and support Should I install a Windows 8 printer driver in compatibility mode? in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; I have a Lexmark X4650 printer, which I need to connect to my Computer (which runs Windows 10). However, the latest version of the driver for my... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by hbenthow, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. hbenthow Win User

    Should I install a Windows 8 printer driver in compatibility mode?


    I have a Lexmark X4650 printer, which I need to connect to my Computer (which runs Windows 10). However, the latest version of the driver for my printer (as you can see at this link) was made for Windows 8.

    Should I install this driver using the "Run this program in compatibility mode for" option and select Windows 8? Or are Windows 8 drivers more or less identical in nature to Windows 10 drivers?

    What's the safest option, and what are the risks associated with either option?

    :)
     
    hbenthow, Feb 8, 2017
    #1

  2. HP 2540 printer

    Hi,

    Thank you for being a part of Windows 10.



    What is the exact model of your HP Printer?

    As Windows 10 is the new operating system, the drivers for HP 2540 should not available. I would suggest you to uninstall the drivers and re-install the drivers for the printer in compatibility mode.

    Make older programs compatible with this version of Windows

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows-8/older-programs-compatible-version-windows

    Post us the results after you try the above steps.
     
    Ruth Buruga, Feb 8, 2017
    #2
  3. After downloading Windows 10 the computer doesn't recognize my printer.

    Hi,

    Thank you for being a part of Windows 10.

    I will be glad to help you with the issue you have with the computer. I understand the frustration when things don't work the way it should.

    What is the make and model of your printer?

    As Windows 10 is the new operating system, the drivers for your printer might not available. I would suggest you to uninstall the drivers and re-install the drivers for the printer in compatibility mode.

    Make older programs compatible with this version of Windows

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows-8/older-programs-compatible-version-windows

    Post us the results after you try the above steps.
     
    Ruth Buruga, Feb 8, 2017
    #3
  4. Hackett Win User

    Should I install a Windows 8 printer driver in compatibility mode?

    I am not sure if you saw the following which suggests to use the Windows 8, 8.1 drivers.

    Products with limited support
    These products were developed before Lexmark had knowledge of the re-designed Windows 10 printing system, but will support basic printing features. Microsoft may choose, at its own discretion, to completely discontinue printing support for these products in future Windows 10 operating system updates.
    Use existing Windows 8, 8.1 print drivers for the following inkjet models:

    • Lexmark S815/S816 (Lexmark S800 Series)
    • Lexmark Pro901/Pro902/Pro905 (Pro800-Pro900 Series)
    • Lexmark Pro802/Pro805 (Pro800-Pro900 Series)
    • Lexmark Pro702/Pro705/Pro706/Pro708 (Pro700 Series)
    • Lexmark Pro202/Pro205/Pro208 (Pro200-S500 Series)
    • Lexmark S602/S605/S608 (S600 Series)
    • Lexmark S502/S505/S508 (Pro200-S500 Series)
    • Lexmark S402/S405/S408 (S300-S400 Series)
    • Lexmark S302/S305/S308 (S300-S400 Series)
    • Lexmark X2650/X2670/X2690 (2600 Series)
    • Lexmark X4975/X4950 (4900 Series)
    • Lexmark X6675/X6650/X6690 (5600-6600 Series)
    • Lexmark X5650/X5690 (5600-6600 Series)
    • Lexmark X7675 (7600 Series)
    • Lexmark X3650/X3690 (3600-4600 Series)
    • Lexmark X2600/X2620/X2630 (2600 Series)
    • Lexmark Z2300/Z2330/Z2390 (Z2300 Series)
    • Lexmark Z2420/Z2490 (Z2400 Series)
    • Lexmark X4630/X4650/X4690 (3600-4600 Series)
     
    Hackett, Feb 8, 2017
    #4
  5. hbenthow Win User
    But should I use comparability mode, or just install them as is?
     
    hbenthow, Feb 8, 2017
    #5
  6. Hackett Win User
    I would first try to install them as is.
     
    Hackett, Feb 9, 2017
    #6
  7. hbenthow Win User
    I installed them as is. Everything seems to have gone fine.
     
    hbenthow, Apr 5, 2018
    #7
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