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Either type in the printer's model name into the search bar or check the master list of printers to find your printer.
After you've identified the printer, Dell's site presents a page that lists all the software available for your particular printer.
Download the software that is appropriate for your computer's operating system to a local drive.
This ensures that your PC has the most critical updates without you having to check online and install them yourself.
Once the tool completes its scan, it will offer a lit of drivers for which updates are available.