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How to install and Configure a Printer in Windows 10

Plug and play for external devices (especially printers) in Windows 10 could not be any easier. If you have an older printer, but you are experiencing problems installing the drivers from the installation disc, bundled with the printer, you probably need a newer driver. My brother recently installed Windows 10, but noticed his printer was not working, so he tried to use the reinstall disc, that did not work either. We checked HP’s website that did not have a native driver for download. Instead, the website directed us to use Windows Update. Fortunately, I didn’t know how easy it would be. Let me show you how.

Install a printer in Windows 10

For my purpose, I’m using a USB connected printer. I would first ensure your computer is connected to the Internet. I was able to do this successfully on a metered connection. Turn on the printer, and then connect it to your computer. Click Start then type Devices then hit Enter on your keyboard.

Immediately, you should see your printer detected while the latest driver is installed from Windows Update.

Printer install 1

If you are on a metered connection, scroll down then toggle on the option to download drivers over a metered connection.

Printer install 3

Troubleshoot Printer Driver in Windows 10

If you experience problems with the installation or failure of a printer, click Start type: Devices and Printers then hit Enter. Right-click the Printer and select Troubleshoot. In my case, because I initially had my Internet Connection set to metered, the printer driver was partially installed.

Troubleshoot

Then when the wizard comes up click Apply this fix.

Printer install 3A

Then wait while Windows resolves the issue.

Printer install 3C

Then click Apply this fix again.

Printer install 3D

Then you’ll need to restart your PC to complete the changes to fix the problem.

Printer install 3E

When you come back from the restart, log in, and your printer should be up and running.

Printer install 4

Now that you have your printer set up and ready be sure to check out our article for more about managing default printers in Windows 10. The new universal apps in Windows 10 feature improved printing capabilities, too. For more, check out our article tips and tricks about how to print your photos and documents easily.

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One Response to How to install and Configure a Printer in Windows 10

  1. Warren Westaway October 6, 2016 at 7:53 pm #

    Andre
    Thank you so much for your help. I have followed your advice and so far, it appears that the drivers have installed the CX6500 software. I am about to change the ink cartridges as I suspect the ones in the printer have dried out. I will also shutdown and restart my computer before using printer as suggested.
    Kind regards
    Warren – Perth Australia

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