How To Install A Printer In Windows 10


Microsoft Windows 10 is pretty straightforward to use, just like all the previous versions of Windows that were released. Printer Drivers on Windows 10 are generally In-box or In-OS Lexmark printer drivers that are available via auto-installation using Plug and Play (PnP). 

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How To Install A Printer In Windows 10

Post upgradation to Windows 10 from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, if you are experiencing issues with printer connectivity, there can be two plausible reasons. One, the printer driver is damaged. Two, its incompatible with Windows 10. Most of the modern printers can be plugged in using a USB port and will start working immediately. If compatibility is the issue, you can try with reinstalling and updating the driver.

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How To Install A Printer In Windows 10

1.      The Conventional Method of Adding a Local Printer:

·         Connect your Printer to the Computer using a USB cable.
·         Click on the Start Menu and open the Settings App.
·         In the Settings App, click on Devices.
·         In the Devices panel, ensure that the Printers and Scanners category is selected.

·         On the right hand side, click on Add a Printer or Scanner.

·   Now, Windows will automatically search for connected Printers. If you see the name of your Printer listed in the search results, click on it and you will be guided through the installation process.
·  If however, you do not see the name of your printer, click on the option ‘The Printer that I want isn’t listed’. The Windows Troubleshooting guide will provide other options for you to add your printer.
·   In the window labelled ‘Find a Printer with other Options’, click on the radio button ‘Add a Local Printer or Network Printer with Manual Settings’.
·  Next, wait for the window labelled ‘Install the Printer Driver Window’ and choose the Printer manufacturer from the left-hand side, followed by the specific model of your printer from the right-hand side.

· In the window labelled ‘Type a Printer Name’, enter an informative name and click on Next.

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· Next you will see the Printer Sharing window. Set your preferences.
·  Last but not the least, Print a Test Page on your Printer to check if it’s working perfectly well or not.

2. Installation via IP Address:
If you are feeling a bit rebellious, you can try connecting your printer using an IP Address by following the steps given below:
·    Click on the ‘Start’ button.
·    In the search box, type ‘Advanced Print’.
·   When you see the option, click on ‘The Printer that I want isn’t listed’.
·    Next, click on ‘Add a Printer using a TCP/IP Address or Hostname’.
·    Click on Next.
·  If your printer has been configured properly and is turned on, Windows should be able to find it easily. You may have to enter additional information like the type of network adapter installed by choosing an appropriate option from the ‘Device Type’ drop-down list. You can also select Custom Settings for the Network Printer.
·   Click on ‘Next’. Carefully follow the step-by-step guide by Windows for installation of the Printer Drivers.
·   You should now be able to send a Print command to the Printer via direct IP address.
3.      Adding a Wireless Printer:
Modern Wireless Printers perform automatic detection of network and proceed with installation. This may vary as per manufacturer. Some Wireless Printers need to be connected temporarily via USB for software installation.
· On your Wireless printer’s LCD panel, select Setup > Wireless LAN Settings.
· Determine your home network’s SSID by hovering your mouse over the Wi-Fi icon on the taskbar. Choose your Wi-Fi network on your printer.

· Enter your Network Password.
You should be able to see your Wireless Printer listed under Printers and Scanners under Settings > Devices. Make sure your keep your Printer as close as possible to your wireless router. Another method of connecting is through an Ethernet Jack present on your Printer that you can plug into your router and go on to perform the operations through a browser interface.
While upgrading to Windows 10, Apps and Software that are no longer compatible with the new software will be automatically uninstalled as per Microsoft. Printer Drivers may fall into this category and this can be the root cause of Printer connectivity issues. 

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Top Printer manufacturers like Canon, Brother, Dell and Epson have already updated their drivers to be compatible with Windows 10 for a majority of their products. Some others like Panasonic are yet to do so and have reported that Windows 10 drivers for their Printers will be available in the not-too-distant future.


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