Windows 95 printer

Ibm / Ativa
September 28, 2009 at 19:48:09
Specs: Windows Vista
I need to purchase an ink jet type printer for an older computer running Windows 95. Is possible to find one in 2009 in retail stores? Or is there some way to convert a new printer to run on the older operating systems? Thanks!

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September 28, 2009 at 20:04:00
This depends on the availability of drivers for a current printer and the connectors of printer and computer.

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September 29, 2009 at 05:08:04
You are stuck with Paralell Port Printers for W95, you will probably only find Laser or Dot Matrix Printers NEW..

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October 2, 2009 at 20:56:14
As mentioned, you'll need to stick with a printer with a parallel-port interface. A local Wal-Mart had some a couple of months back, so you might try your local store. In any case, you need to make sure that drivers are available for Windows 95 (a lot of companies have stopped support, so the drivers may be difficult to find).

What you don't want are the "generic" USB to parallel-port cables (they are designed to connect a parallel-port printer to a USB output on the PC---the opposite of the issue you currently have).

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October 18, 2009 at 19:31:01
"This depends on the availability of drivers for a current printer and the connectors of printer and computer."

The latest version of Windows 95 supports USB. I am about 95% sure you will never find a new printer that supports Windows 95. The only way to get a Windows 95 computer to print on a new printer is to hook the printer up to a different computer running Windows 2000 or later and set up file and printer shareing that may or may not work. You may need your 95 CD to install some files on the computer running windows 95. I know you may not want to hear this. But there comes a time with it is time to let go. I had a hard time letting go to Windows 98 but I had to let it go. May I ask why you need to print on such an old computer? Maybe you are wanting to print some old saved documents? If that is the case how about connecting the drive with 95 to a newer computer as slave. You can google on how to connect a drive as slave. Let us know if you find a printer that will work with 95.

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December 6, 2009 at 09:01:21
As new printers are USB 2, if your pc has USB ports they will be USB 1. You cant use a USB 2 device in a USB 1 port they are not backwards compatible. You can use a USB 1 device in a USB 2 port. Only thing I can suggest is buy this:-

and this:-

Also buy just a basic usb printer. You will have to use 95 98 or ME drivers. Failing that you can force 95 to use generic drivers. That are not designed for the printer but may get it to print.

I cant promise this will work but its the only solution other than buying a second hand printer.

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December 6, 2009 at 09:30:15

USB IS backward compatible.


I agree with the above comments concerning printing from Win95. Even if you could find a printer to work the cost for that solution is more than the alternatives.

I don't know where you live so perhaps geography is an issue but I am in the US and around here folks are discarding much newer computers. I just had someone give me a Dell 8100 running Winwp.

If you have a newer computer with a printer as was mentioned there are many ways to get files off your Win95 hard drive.

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