Windows – How to find the INF file in an installed printer driver


I had installed a printer driver on a Window 7 x64 machine using the selection Windows offer. I do not have the driver disk, nor can I download the driver one the web or the vendor website (I don't know why – the driver is EPSON LQ Series 1 (80)). I now need move the printer to a remote Window XP x86 machine, and need to install the INF file to that machine.

I cannot find the INF file. I looked into the driver folders for the printer but there are NO exe file either for me to extract, but just files of dlls, mui etc.

The driver is installed on the x64 machine. I do not have the disk, no EXE, cannot download from vendor site. I had used double driver, but it doesn't show the printer driver. How can I extract the INF locally?

Best Answer

What your are wanting to do will not work. The current computer that has the driver is 64-bit, which means the driver will most likely not work on your 32-bit machine. (There is a slim chance, but read the following point.)

Secondly, Windows Vista changed the architecture of drivers that Windows uses, so Windows XP computers cannot use Windows Vista/7/8 drivers. The opposite is also true, Windows Vista/7/8 cannot use drivers developed for Windows XP. You can use drivers developed for Windows 98 with limited success on Windows XP though.

You going to have to search around and find the proper driver for your printer, or maybe a generic one. Your plan of ripping the driver from your current machine and installing it into windows XP is flawed, and will likely just waste time you could spend finding the proper driver.

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