Installing a Printer in Windows 10

Printers can be frustrating to set up, especially when procedures differ from manufacturer to manufacturer and between printer models. So it is useful to have somewhere to start. This is what we’ll go through in this article.

These days most home and small office printers will connect using Wi-Fi.

First of all, go to the manufacturer’s website and download the driver software.

Somewhere on the manufacturer’s website, there will be a search field. Enter your printer’s model number. Eg: HP Desktet 2600

search for hp printer model

Select your printer from the suggestions.

select printer from suggestions

Look for ‘drivers’, ‘downloads’, or ‘software’. You want to download the printer software and drivers.

download hp driver

Double click the download, then select ‘run’ if prompted.

click downloaded file to run

Now once the installer program starts, follow the instructions on screen. These will differ slightly between manufacturers and different models of printer so it’s important to do what it says on the screen.

hp set up app

Click ‘continue’ or ‘next’. Allow the program to install the drivers and the software.

If you have the option select ‘manual setup’.

manual setup selection

Select wireless as your connection method for connecting your printer to your Wi-Fi network.

select wireless connection method

To connect your printer to your wifi network for the first time, you’ll need to connect your printer to your PC/laptop using a USB cable. This is only temporary so the installer program can send your wifi network name and password to your printer.

USB Printer Cable

Connect one end of your USB cable to your computer and the other end to the back of the printer.

Enter your wifi network and password. You’ll find these details printed on the back of your Wi-Fi Router.

wifi settings on printer

Click ‘next’.

Once the settings are saved, your printer will attempt to connect to your WiFi network. The installer program will continue to install the drivers. Once complete, you can disconnect the USB cable.

Run through the rest of the setup process. Follow the instructions on the screen.