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by James Lee Phillips, Demand Media Misplaced printer files can cause all sorts of frustrations. Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images Troubleshooting a non-responsive printer? Vista upgrade issues? Simply curious about the nooks and crannies of your filesystem? Windows 7 is a clear and user-friendly operating system for the most part, but some things can be difficult to track down when you need them, such as printer driver files. Although Windows 7 makes it easy to install, uninstall or update printer drivers, the OS doesn't go out of its way to point you toward the actual files themselves. System Folder Locations Open up Windows Explorer and find the drive on which the Windows 7 operating system is installed (nearly always "C:\\"). Scroll down to locate the Windows folder, and click on it to reveal the system folders within. Ironically, 32-bit system files are stored under the "SysWOW64" folder, while 64-bit files go under the "System32" folder. Depending on your Windows 7 installation and hardware, one or both of these will be the first places that you'll look for printer drivers Printer Driver Locations The main locations for printer drivers for most Windows 7 users will be in one of two folders: C:\\Windows\\System32\\DriverStore\\FileRepository C:\\Windows\\System32\\spool\\DRIVERS\\x64\\3 The "FileRepository" folder will have a number of subfolders, and finding the right one depends upon the kind of printer you've installed. For example, if it's a Hewlett-Packard printer, the folder will start with "hp", while Canon typically starts with "cn". The "x64\\3" folder will simply include a number of .dll files for installed (or incompletely uninstalled) printers. Related Reading: What Does "Unable to Initialize the PDF Printer Driver" Mean? Authorization/User Account Privilege Windows 7 implements User Account Controls, so you'll need to have the proper credentials to change the contents of certain folders -- including nearly anything in the "Windows" folder. If you're not already set up with Administrator privileges, you may have difficulty even viewing these files and folders, let alone changing them in any way. Try right-clicking on the Windows Explorer icon and selecting "Run as Administrator" before navigating to the printer files in question. Spool Service If you have difficulty with a "file currently in use" message when you try to move or delete files, your printer driver is probably already loaded by the Print Spooler service. Go to your Start menu, type "services" in the search box, and click on "Services" (the one with a gear icon). Scroll down the list until you see "Print Spooler" and double-click the entry. In the dialog box that pops up, click "Stop."','url':'http://smallbusiness.chron.com/folder-printer-driver-files-windows-7-57687.html','og_descr':'Troubleshooting a non-responsive printer? Vista upgrade issues? Simply curious about the nooks and crannies of your filesystem? Windows 7 is a clear and user-friendly operating system for the most ...
Windows XP Directory Structures. And the default folder for Windows XP. The following files are among those stored in the Windows folder.
- DriverStore is a new and a central location in Windows Vista and Windows 7 where all the driver files will be stored., Driver files are stored in folders.
- Printer Driver Locations. The main locations for printer drivers for most Windows 7 users will be in one of two folders: C: Windows System32 DriverStore.
- Or one of the other driver store or repository folders. Thanks Most are stored in windows system32 folder. Thanks much for the assistance.