Printer Installation without Driver CD
Get to know more about printer installation without using the driver CD
Printer is a device which is used for producing a text or graphics of the documents that is stored in electronic form on a paper or transparencies or other print media. For the proper working of peripheral device, you should install the driver files into the system. The device driver is a set of instructions or programs which are written in a specific manner for facilitating the working of an external device in an operating system. It also helps in managing the jobs of the peripheral devices. Printers connected through a USB port with enabled Plug and Play software would install automatically without installing the drivers. You would have to buy a new printer, if your current printer is no longer supported by the manufacturer.
The following are details about the installation of the printer without a driver CD:
- Installation of Printer Through Control Panel
- Manual Installation
- Downloading and Installing Device Driver
Installation of Printer Through Control Panel
Before starting the process you should check the connections between the printer and computer, whether it is properly connected or not. Select the control panel from the start menu. Select the printer button which appears either by clicking on the Printers and Hardware button or clicking the Printer button under the Hardware and Sound category. Enter the add printer wizard by clicking on the 'add printer' option in the printer menu. Click next button and the computer would automatically detect the printer by selecting automatically. Detect and install plug and play printer button on the add printer wizard page.
If the system could not install the printer automatically through the add printer wizard, then you should install it manually. When a "not detected" message appears at the end of the above method, then click 'Next'. Select the printer port and click 'Next' button. Now choose the exact printer and printer manufacturer and again 'Next' button. Then do a trial printing and press the 'Finish' button to complete the installation process.
Determine the type and model of the printer. Go to the official website of the printer manufacturer. Search for the device driver files for your printer. Then download the driver files and install it into the system. Windows updates also help you in downloading and installing the updated files associated with it. After the installation, make proper arrangements in the printer and other hardware options in the control panel and restart the computer.
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