Installing a USB printer

Installing a USB printer

Starting from Windows XP all the operating systems automatically detect a USB printer once it’s plugged in. This was not the case when printers were connected to the parallel port of the computer. Starting from Windows XP all the operating systems would go a step further by trying to install the driver itself. If a suitable driver is found then there is no need for additional software or drivers to install the printer. However there might be some special features in the printer that might work better with their specific software, in this case you can install the printer using the software disc that you got with the printer.
Printer Installation without the driver’s disc:
1.Connect the power cable to the socket and turn the printer on.
2.Connect one end of the USB cable to the printer’s USB port and the other end to one of the USB ports available at the back of the desktop or on the side of the laptop.
3.On the found new hardware box click next to automatically find and install the driver for the printer.
4.Click on Finish

Printer Installation using the driver’s disc:

1.Turn the computer on.
2.Insert the disc that you got from the printer manufacturer into the CD drive.
3.After the disc is loaded, click on the install button
4.Connect the printer power cable to the socket and turn the printer on.
5.Connect one end of the USB cable to the USB port on the printer and connect the other end to the computer, when it says on the screen to connect the printer to the computer.
6.Click Finish once the installation in completed.
These are two ways that you can use to install a USB printer. In some cases when you use the first method to install the printer it might not find the appropriate driver for the printer. If your computer is unable to find the right driver then you can use the second method it will surely work.
In case if you have lost the disc that came with your printer, then you can go into the support site of your printer manufacturer and download the drivers from there. Following are the links to the support sites of some printer manufacturers.

Lexmark: http://support.lexmark.com
HP: http://www8.hp.com/uk/en/support-drivers.html
Dell: http://support.dell.com/
Canon: http://www.canon.co.uk/support/