How to set up and install a computer printer

  Are all printers the same?

  Connecting the printer to the computer

  Turning on a printer

  Setup printer and install software

  After everything is plugged in, turn on the computer.

  Insert the CD that came with the printer. If the CD does not automatically start, open My Computer, double-click the CD drive, and then click the Setup or Install file. If you have downloaded the drivers, run the downloaded setup file.

  Follow the installation wizard, and once completed, your software is installed.

  Test the printer to make sure it is working.

  Installing a printer only using the drivers

  Open the Control Panel with the printer connected and powered on.

  In the Control Panel, double-click the Printers or Printers and Fax icon.

  In the Printers window, click the Add a printer icon.

  After completing the above steps, see the Windows Printer Wizard. Click Next to start the wizard.

  Next, you have the choice of installing a Local or Network printer. If the printer connects directly to your computer, choose Local printer attached to this computer and click Next.

  When prompted for the printer driver location, browse to the directory of your drivers or point it to the printer CD.

  Test the printer

  Open the Control Panel.

  Double-click the Devices and Printers, Printers, or Printers and Fax icon.

  Right-click the printer you want to test and click Properties. If you do not see your printer, your printer is not installed.

  In the Printers Properties window, click the Print Test Page button.

  If the printer can print a test page, your printer is installed and set up properly. However, if you cannot print in other programs, the program you are attempting to print from has issues.

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