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What is an 'In-Box'(built-in) Driver' and 'Native Brother Printer Driver'?

An in-box driver is a driver that is supplied with the Windows®XP operating system. These drivers have been developed in conjunction with Microsoft®. Generally speaking, we recommend that you use an in-box driver if available.


However, in some cases, Brother may have developed a specific 'Native Device driver' for your Brother product.

A native Brother printer driver is a driver developed exclusively by Brother. Generally speaking, these drivers are more powerful than the 'in-box' drivers that are supplied with the Windows® XP operating system. We recommend the use of a native driver (if available) if you wish to access all of the driver features described in your product literature. However, in some circumstances, a driver developed by Brother may only have the same capabilities as an in-box driver that may be available for a different model.

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Related Models

HL-1230, HL-1240, HL-1250, HL-1270N, HL-1440, HL-1450, HL-1470N, HL-1650, HL-1670N, HL-2460

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