The most common way to install a printer is to connect it directly to your computer. If your printer is a universal serial bus (USB) model, Windows should automatically detect and install it when you plug it in.

If you’re installing a wireless printer that connects to your computer over a wireless network (Wi-Fi), you can use the Add a device wizard to install the printer. For instructions, see Connect to Bluetooth and other wireless or network devices .

If you’re installing an older printer, you may need to install it manually with the following steps:

  1. Click the Start button
  2. Click Devices and Printers
  3. Click Add a printer
  4. In the Add Printer wizard, click Add a local printer
  5. On the Choose a printer port page, make sure that the Use an existing port button and the recommended printer port are selected
  6. Click Next
  7. On the Install the printer driver page, select the printer manufacturer and model
  8. Click Next (If your printer isn’t listed, click Windows Update, and then wait while Windows checks for additional drivers.If none are available and you have the installation CD, click Have Disk, and then browse to the folder where the printer driver is located. For additional help, consult the printer manual.)
  9. Complete the additional steps in the wizard, and then click Finish

You can learn more about installing a network printer and sharing a networked printer on your home network.