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How to install an old printer on Windows 10

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How to install an old printer on Windows 10: You’re trying to connect one old printer to your new PC with Windows 10, but without success? Were you unable to get it to work and would you like a hand in trying to fix the problem? I would say then that you have come to the right tutorial, at a time that could not have been better. Today, in fact, I would like to explain to you just how to cope with this type of need.

If you want to then find out how to install an old printer on windows 10, all you have to do is make yourself comfortable, take a few free minutes just for you and put into practice the instructions you find below. I already anticipate that if you do not have the printer installation disk, you will have to search and install “manually” the drivers to use.

Either way, you don’t have to worry – it’s nothing difficult, and if the printer you have is supported by Windows 10 (and has no hardware failures), you’ll be able to get it up and running in no time. Now, however, just chat and let’s take action. Good luck and good luck for everything!

Preliminary operations

Before getting to the heart of the tutorial, going to explain how to install an old printer on windows 10there are some preliminary operations that it is good that you do, so that everything runs smoothly and avoid unnecessary waste of time.

First, I suggest you make sure ofeffective compatibility with Windows 10 of the printer that you intend to connect to the computer, so as to ensure that you can actually configure and use it in conjunction with the computer. To do this, the quickest and most immediate thing you can do is do a Google search, using terms like “Compatibility [marca e modello stampante] with Windows 10 “.

If the research shows that the old printer you own can actually be used with Windows 10, you need to worry about finding the related ones driver for your PC. To do this, if you own the installation disk printer, you can try using it.

If you don’t have any CDs or if the solutions on the media are incompatible with Windows 10, you can always search for the drivers you need through Googleusing keys like “Driver [marca e modello stampante] Windows 10 “. When you are then shown the page with the search results, select only the links that referring to manufacturer’s website of your printer – in order to avoid any viruses, malfunctions and more generally unpleasant surprises – by clicking on it and following the instructions shown on the screen to complete the download.

If you don’t feel like going on your own and feel you need some more guidance to make sure you are downloading the correct drivers, you can check out my specific guides on how to find HP, Canon, Samsung and Epson drivers. If your printer manufacturer is not among the ones I have just listed, you can also read my tutorial on how to recover missing drivers.

The preliminary operations to be carried out also include the physical connection of the printer to the computer. Depending on the type of technologies supported by the printer, this can be done through parallel port LPT (it is the most common connection method among old-fashioned printers, it works through a cable called “tray” with 25 pins which, usually, is light gray with the part where the pins are in blue); through USB port (by inserting the appropriate connection cable into the port on the printer and into the one on the computer) or via wireless network (acting from the printer settings, using the keys and the display on it or previously from a computer, to connect it “wirelessly” to your Wi-Fi network).

For all the details of the case, I recommend reading my specific tutorials on how to connect a printer and how to configure a Wi-Fi printer.

How to install an old printer on Windows 10 with CD

How to install Epson WiFi printer

After taking the preliminary steps above, you can finally take action! To begin with, let’s go and find out how to install an old printer on windows 10 with CD.

In this case, after connecting the printer to the computer, the first step you need to take is to insert it into the CD player connected to your PC (if you don’t have one, you can consider buying an external one by following the “tips” you find in the my buying guide) the installation disk printer and wait a moment for it to start.

If the printer disk does not run automatically, to remedy this, start the CD “manually” by clicking on the File Explorer (the one with the yellow folder) that you find on the taskbarthen on the voice This PC present in the menu on the left and double clicking on the icon CD-ROM located on the right. If necessary, manually run the driver installation filewhich should have a type name setup.exe, install.exe, setup.msi or install.exe.

At this point, you should see a window through which the wizard configuration procedure of the printer. Then stick to the instructions on the screen and that’s it. Unfortunately, I cannot provide you with detailed information on what to do, as the proposed procedure may vary depending on the brand and model of printer, as well as the version of the software used.

In general, however, what you need to do is accept the terms of use and always click on the buttons Forward or Nextselect the connection type to use, the printer of your interest at the appropriate time and press the buttons Install or Install And end or Finish. If requested, also provide a restart the computer at the end of the procedure.

Once the installation is complete, I recommend that you set the printer you just installed as the default on your PC. To do this, click on the Start button (the one with the Microsoft flag) that you find at the bottom left of the taskbarselect the icon of Settings (the one in the shape of gear wheel) from the menu that opens and select the item Devices that you find in the window that appears on the desktop.

Next, select the item Printers and scanners from the menu on the left and remove the check mark from the box next to the item Let Windows manage the default printer located on the right. At this point, click on printer name that you find in the list Printers and scanners located a little higher and press the button Set as default attached to the next screen.

How to install an old printer on Windows 10 without CD

Windows 10 printer configuration

You do not have the installation disk of your old printer or you cannot use it and, therefore, you have found the necessary drivers from the Internet and now you would like to understand how to proceed? Then read on! Below, in fact, you will find indicated, by thread and by sign, how to install an old printer on windows 10 without CD.

To begin with, after connecting the printer to the computer, the first move you need to make is to install the drivers downloaded from the Internet. Most of the drivers are installed automatically or simply by following the instructions on the screen (also in this case just click on Next / Next). In short, just launch the executable file of the drivers and, in a few seconds, that’s it.

If proceeding as I have just indicated you are unable to install the drivers or in any case if the file you obtained does not install automatically, to remedy it, proceed as follows: click on the Start button (the one with the Microsoft flag) that you find at the bottom left of the taskbar and select the icon Settings (the one in the shape of gear wheel) from the menu that appears.

In the window that you see appear on the desktop at this point, click on the item Devices and select the wording Printers and scanners found in the sidebar on the left, then locate the section Related settings which is on the right and click on the link Print server properties below.

In the further window that is now shown to you, select the tab Driverclick on the button addselect the processor of your computer and click on the button Forwardpress the button Driver disk located at the bottom right, then on the button Browse and select the printer driver file you previously downloaded from the Internet. Then click on the button OKon that Forward and follow the wizard proposal to finalize the “manual” installation of the drivers.

After completing the steps above, to install the printer go to the section again Devices of the Settings Windows 10, select the item Printers and scanners from the sidebar, click on the entry Add a printer or scanner located at the top and wait for the printer to be detected by the system, then select the printer first name.

If your printer is not automatically detected by Windows 10, click the link The desired printer is not in the list you see appear. In the new window that opens, make sure the option is selected The printer is not recent. You need assistance to find it. and press the button Forward. Then wait for the printer to be detected by the system, select the first name from the list and follow the installation and configuration wizard procedure that is proposed to you.

If your printer is not found by Windows 10 this way, after clicking on the link The desired printer is not in the list in the screen above, select another of the following options attached to the window that opens, based on the type of connection that the device supports: Select a shared printer by name, Add a printer using a host name or TCP / IP address, Add a Bluetooth, wireless or network discoverable printer or Add local or network printer with manual settings. Stick, then, wizard that is proposed to you, selecting the appropriate items and options and that’s it.

I also point out that the same procedure to install an old printer on Windows 10 that I have just described to you, can also be implemented by Control panelby selecting the relevant link that you find in Start menuthen the voice Devices and printers and / or Add a device (depending on the type of display set) in the window that opens on the desktop and following the instructions attached to the window that opens on the screen.

After being able to complete the process to install your printer on Windows 10 without the aid of the CD, I suggest you set the latter as default on the computer. To do this, you can follow the instructions I gave you in the final part of the previous step.