What’s new in printing in Windows 10, version 1809
Published Oct 04 2018 04:40 PM 28.4K Views

Inbox print and scan drivers available through Windows Update

Starting with Windows 10, version 1809, inbox print and scan drivers have moved to Windows Update. Prior versions of Windows included basic printer drivers that enabled simple printing when a full feature driver was not available. To reduce the Windows footprint and provide more storage space to users, these drivers no longer ship with the OS and instead are available through Windows Update.

In most cases, there is no noticeable impact due to this change. Here is what will happen:

  • When you upgrade to Windows 10, version 1809, your installed printers will continue to work using the same printer driver as before.
  • When you install a new printer, and your Windows PC or Print Server has access to Windows Update, the correct driver is automatically downloaded and installed.
  • If you install a new printer when Windows Update is not available, a driver will not be automatically installed. In this case, Windows will install Mopria certified printers without requiring an external driver.

Windows supports Mopria printers

Starting with Windows 10, version 1809, Windows has added support for Mopria certified networked printers. When a driver is not available, Windows can install these printers without you needing to install any additional software or drivers.

Most modern Wi-Fi printers support the Mopria standard. Please consult the manufacturer’s website to determine whether your printer is compatible with the Mopria standard.

Additional resources

Here are some related resources that may be helpful:

If you have any questions about these changes, please leave a comment below or reach out to me and my colleague Klevin Nunes here on the Tech Community.


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