Printer Installation Process – How to Add a Printer

When you purchase a new printer and try to add it, you have to tell your operating system that which kind of printer you want to attach to your computer or available over a network. Even if you setup your new printer correctly with the hardware, you still have to add it in the operating system to operate it. Guidelines may vary according to operating systems.

Step 1

First of all, to add a printer, follow your printer’s instruction booklet to setup your printer and connect it to your computer. Now you are ready to install the software onto your computer’s operating system, have your printer’s CD-ROM handy with you.

Step 2

Go to the Start menu of windows and choose Settings, then Printers.

Step 3

Double-click on Add Printers.

Step 4

Do as the instructions provided by the Print wizard. If you’re installing a network printer, be sure to look out its name or network path. To find out that you’re using the most recent printer driver or not, insert your printer CD-ROM when asked. You may also select a preloaded driver that matches the printer make and model you’re trying to add, but it might be older than a driver that came with the printer. (If you’re installing a networked printer, ask your system administrator if there are fresh drivers available on the network or not.)

Step 5

If you like, indicate whether you want to operate this printer as the default. If you have only one printer, you will say yes. If you have two, you need to select which one is to be the default.

Step 6

When asked if you want to print a test page, it is a good idea to say yes. It is to be good to test the printer than face the trouble later.

Step 7

If everything okay, hit Finish to complete the installation process.

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