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Printer install: drivers from Windows or from manufacturer

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    Printer install: drivers from Windows or from manufacturer

    I have a USB multifunction laser printer. It is a Fuji Xerox CM205 f. I want to use printing and scanning.

    I have the Win8 installation software from Fuji Xerox. The installation instruction says to connect and turn on printer and then install the software.

    But I read that, when you connect a USB printer, Win8 will install the drivers. When then I install the Fuji Xerox software, then there are 2 printer installations?

    So how should I do this?
    Is it generally better to use the Win8 drivers? If yes, then I only have printer drivers and not the scan function.
    Or should I use the Fuji Xerox installation. If yes, should I uninstall the Win8 drivers first before installing the Fuji Xerox software?

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    Installing the vendor's drivers should override the windows installed drivers. The vendor's drivers are needed for full functionality as you have found out.

    I did that with all of the drivers in my system. I installed Win 8 and it installed the generic HD Audio Codec for the windows drivers and several other generic drivers. After installing Win 8, I installed the drivers from my motherboard vendor and it replaced the windows installed drivers with the motherboard vendor drivers.
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    I always try to use the vendor's drivers for the specific device if it's available. My understanding is that vendors supply their drivers to Microsoft for Microsoft to "certify" and include in their OS, so the Microsoft provided drivers are generally older than the vendor supplied ones. I could be wrong...
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