How to install an older printer to Windows 10

Windows 10 does a pretty good job detecting and installing wireless as well as locally connected printers automatically. However, there are still times when you may run into problems if you’re trying to add an old printer. This is not just because the device may not be supported anymore, but also because the OS now lacks basic drivers for printers and scanners.

If you or your company is still dealing with an old dot matrix, inkjet, or laser printer (from HP, Canon, Epson, Brother, etc.), which Windows 10 refuses to detect automatically, there are a number of ways to continue using the device if you’re up to the challenge to use the advanced setup options or workaround to install non-compatible drivers.


How to install an older printer using advanced setup

When the system isn’t detecting your old printer automatically, you can still add the device manually depending on the connection type and age of the printer.

Important: Before proceeding, make sure that your computer is connected to the internet to allow Windows Update to download additional drivers.

Installing printer automatically

If you’re trying to add an older printer locally using a USB cable or wireless connection, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Devices.
  3. Click on Printers & scanners.
  4. Click the Add a printer or scanner button.
  5. Wait a few moments.
  6. Click The printer that I want isn’t listed option.
  7. Select the My printer is a little older. Help me find it. option.
  8. Select your printer from the list.
  9. Click the Next button.
  10. Type a name for the printer.
  11. Click the Next button.
  12. Select the Do not share this printer option.
  13. Click the Next button.
  14. Click the Print a test page option to confirm that the device is working.
  15. Click the Finish button.

Thats all the printer is installed.

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