Universal Print Driver

Save time and money by managing multiple devices with just one driver

Overview

What is the Universal Print Driver?

The Lexmark Universal Print Driver provide users and administrators with a standardized, one-driver solution for their printing needs. Instead of installing and managing individual drivers for each printer model, administrators can install the Lexmark Universal Print Driver for use with a variety of both mono and color laser printers and multi-function devices.

Benefits

Allows versatility

The Lexmark Universal Print Drivers are available in 22 languages, supporting more than 60 printer models, whether attached locally or over a network. All packages have been tested in cluster server environments, Microsoft Terminal Server and Citrix environments, and are Microsoft WHQL certified (digitally signed). PCL 5, PCL XL, and PostScript 3 emulations are available for Windows 2000 and later.

Enables bidirectional communication

The bidirectional communication capability allows the driver to automatically detect and update the installed options both at install time and upon user request. This allows the driver to adapt to the various capabilities of our different printers, but unlike other universal print drivers, the network traffic is minimal.

Reduces cost for IT support

With only one package to manage, testing and internal certification of print drivers is simplified by the use of the Lexmark Universal Print Driver packages. Time spent on installation, both on servers and workstations, is greatly reduced, and hard drive space formerly occupied by many product-specific drivers is now diminished significantly.

Enables increased user efficiency

The Lexmark Universal Print Driver packages use the same graphic user interface as the product-specific drivers the users are accustomed to, and now all queues will share that same interface, decreasing calls to the help desk. Users can create and save profiles for their most frequently used settings, or use profiles that were created for them by IT.

Facilitates corporate sustainability initiatives

Administrators can use the Lexmark Universal Print Driver packages to encourage their organization’s environmental policies. The default queue settings can be modified to include duplex, multi-page printing (N-up), toner darkness, and other resource-saving measures.


What’s New

What’s new in Universal Print Driver v2?

The latest version of the Lexmark Universal Print Driver features enhancements designed to improve usability for the end-user, and many changes to administrator tools to reduce the time and effort required to deploy and maintain your devices. Listed below are highlights of the latest release, which still includes the great eco-friendly features found in the previous version.

New user interface

The new user interface of the Universal Print Driver provides a more consistent look and feel across all printer models, with controls and settings that have been modified to provide better language support and overall customer experience.

The Universal Printer Driver is now available in more languages, and matches the language of your operating system. Administrators can also manually choose a specific language from the Configuration tab in the Printer Properties dialog if desired.

Enhanced Job Accounting

The Job Accounting option allows an organization to track print jobs for accounting purposes by associating the print job with specific account information, including a user name or ID, an account code, and a department code. This enables the tracking of the number of print jobs from different users or departments, and the billing of those print jobs to a specific account. By associating print jobs with specific account information, quotas can be enforced on the print jobs that users can submit. Quota functionality is currently limited to the following series: X548, C792, X792, C925, C950, X925, X950, X952, X954.

Custom installation package

With the new Universal Print Driver installer, administrators can choose to create preconfigured installation packages that include only the software and drivers that meet their organization's needs. This is accomplished by combining the custom installation package with Driver Configuration Files (DCFs), which lets administrators create a deployment package that best suits their environment. DCFs are described in more detail below.

Dynamic driver configuration

The latest version of the Universal Print Driver has the ability to update its user interface to reflect the features and options of any supported printer model. When the driver is connected to a printer through USB or over a network, the driver automatically updates its configuration, showing only the features and functions of a chosen printer model. For example, only the paper sizes, trays, paper types, finishing options, and other options that the printer supports are shown to the user.

The driver can be configured to determine a printer model automatically. Administrators can also manually choose a specific printer model from the Configuration tab in the Printer Properties dialog.

Printer Driver Configuration Utility

Administrators can use the Printer Driver Configuration Utility to create driver configurations. A driver configuration is a group of saved printer driver settings and other options that is stored in a Driver Configuration File (DCF). You can also create subset driver configurations that work across different printer models. You can use the utility to:

  • Configure a printer object when installing it.
  • Configure multiple printer objects, each with unique settings, for the same printer driver (also referred to as creating virtual printer objects).
  • View, edit, or delete an existing configuration.
  • Apply Resource Administration.
  • Recommend settings that can be changed only at print time.
  • Enforce settings that cannot be changed by a user.

Compatibility

Operating system support

The Lexmark Universal Print Drivers are available for the following operating systems in 32-bit and 64-bit versions (where available):

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Server 2000
  • Windows 2000 3

The Universal Print Drivers are also compatible with the following Citrix implementations in 32-bit and 64-bit versions (where available):

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 with Citrix XenApp 7.5
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 with Citrix XenApp 6.5
  • Windows Server 2008 with Citrix XenApp 5.0
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 with Citrix XenApp 6.0
  • Windows Server 2003 with Citrix Presentation Server 4.5
  • Windows Server 2003 with Citrix Presentation Server 4.0
  • Windows Server 2003 with Citrix Presentation Server 3.0
  • Windows Server 2000 with Citrix Presentation Server 4.0 3
  • Windows Server 2000 with Citrix Presentation Server 3.0 3

Device compatibility

The Lexmark Universal Print Drivers are compatible with the following devices:

Mono Laser Printers

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Mono Multifunction Printers

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Color Laser Printers

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Color Multifunction Printers

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Color Inkjet Printers

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1 The duplex function is not supported.
2 Custom forms, collation, booklet printing, and most print quality controls are not available.
3 Windows 2000 support is limited to UPD version 1.6.2 - Click here to download

Complete drivers and software for Windows

This package includes Microsoft WHQL certified 32 and 64-bit PCL 5 emulation, PCL XL emulation, and PS3 emulation universal printer drivers and the following additional driver software:

  • Lexmark Phone Book: Manages fax contacts.
  • Travel Print: Allows for print-time discovery of printers for users on the move (mobile printing).
  • Printer Driver Configuration Utility: Allows for creation of custom driver configuration.
  • Package Creation Utility: Allows for creation of custom driver packages.

This package will upgrade your existing installation of the universal printer driver.


Individual Driver Packages for Windows

Each package includes a Microsoft WHQL certified 32 and 64-bit PCL 5 emulation, PCL XL emulation, or PS3 emulation universal printer driver.  These driver packages will upgrade your existing installation of the universal printer driver.


WHITE PAPER
This document introduces the LexmarkTM Universal Print Driver (UPD), describes its capabilities, and provides an overview of the devices it supports.

Please visit here for Release Notes information.


Please visit here to download the Standalone/Co-Existing Universal Print Driver package.