A computer printer does not work until you install the included drivers and software. If you have lost the CD for your printer, you can download the drivers for your printer and use the drivers to install your printer. A listing of printer manufacturers and links to their associated drivers pages are on our printer driver page.
Connecting the printer to the computer
USBConnect the printer to the computer either using a USB cable, parallel port cable, or SCSI cable and then connect the power plug to a power outlet. Today, most all home computer printers are using a USB cable similar to the example picture.
Tip: If this is a network printer, connect the printer to a wireless network or the RJ-45 connection.
Note: A laptop computer works the same way as a desktop and can use any of the above connections if they are available.
Note: Smartphone and tablet users must have a printer that can connect to devices wirelessly or over the Internet to print.
Setup printer and install software
Every printer should come with the software used to install a printer in Windows or your operating system.
- After everything has been plugged in turn the computer on.
- Insert the CD that came with the printer. If the CD does not automatically start, open My Computer, double-click on 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.
Computer with no CD drive
If your computer does not have a disc drive or you lost the CD you can download the software for your printer from the printer manufactures driver page. Once the drivers have been downloaded you can run the file to install the drivers.