If you’re currently using either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you may have already received your invite to upgrade to Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 10. But, before you eagerly click on that upgrade button, you will need to make sure that your computer peripherals, especially your trusty printer, will still work.
The good news is that Windows 10 compatible drivers are already available for the vast majority of printers made in the last few years. If there aren’t any yet, there soon will be.
However, Windows 10 compatibility can vary from model to model. In some cases the driver and the whole software suite can be used, but sometimes, compatibility is limited to just the driver and a few select utilities.
Your printer manufacturer’s site should provide details as to what software is supported and, in some cases, an estimated date as to when Windows 10 drivers and other necessary software will become available.
You will need to double check whether or not your printer is compatible before you upgrade (or go buy more printer cartridges). As is typical with a major Windows upgrade, older model printers will not be supported by the operating system. If that is the case with your printer, you might want to hold off on the software upgrade and focus instead on getting a new printer.
How do I know if my printer is ready for Windows 10?
The best option would be to contact your printer manufacturer directly via the support page on their website. We’ve also collected some information on Windows 10 compatibility from the manufacturers’ websites directly.
Most Brother printers and MFPs currently support, or will support, Windows 10. This chart shows which products are supported, whether their drivers are built into Windows 10 (or available as a Windows Update) or downloadable from Brother, and— if not currently available, whether an availability date has been set for South Africa. Brother reminds users that when using Brother printers in Windows 10, they must be sure to use the driver/utility that is compatible with the operating system.
On Canon South Africa’s website you can see that vast majority of Canon printers support Windows 10. To check a particular model, click on the printer category, the model name, and then Drivers and Software. The pull-down menu will indicate whether Windows 10 is supported, and with which software.
After speaking with Epson, we were assured that most of Epson’s printers would support Windows 10 printer drivers and software. A quick look at Epson’s products showed that quite a few models support Windows 10.
HP has stated that they have invested heavily in making sure their printers are Windows 10 compatible to ensure a smooth upgrade experience and that the vast majority HP printers will work with Windows 10.
HP printers that use Windows 7 or 8.1 drivers should continue to work smoothly without the need for a driver upgrade. If there are issues, you may need to download the Windows 10 driver. New LaserJet printers, and all new HP printer models, will be sold with Windows 10 drivers and will be available through Windows Update, CD or HP’s website.
Other printer brands
A quick look at OKI’s website shows that Windows 10 drivers are available for all new OKI printers and some older models as well. Xerox has assured us that during the testing phase they found no issues with driver compatibility. Kyocera printers also seem to support Windows 10.
As always, if you’re in doubt about your software or driver upgrade, contact your printer manufacturer’s support team.
We will continue to update this post as and when new information becomes available.