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There are several ways to connect a printer to your computer. Which option you choose depends on the device itself, and whether you're at home or at the office.
Always consult the information that came with your model for specific instructions.
The most common way to install a printer is to connect it directly to your computer. This is known as a local printer.
If your printer is a universal serial bus (USB) model, Windows should automatically detect it and begin installation 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 it's an older model that connects using the serial or parallel port, you might have to install it manually.
Dec 25, 2010 | PC Desktops
Connect the host computer (the computer that will be connected via wire to the printer) to the printer using the provided USB cable. Insert the printer software CD into the disc drive and click the "Install" button when it appears on-screen. Click "Continue" at the bottom of the next window.
Click "Yes" when asked whether the host computer will be sharing the printer. Give both the host computer and the printer a network name that will be used to connect to the other computers when prompted to do so. Continue to follow the on-screen instructions until the installation process is complete.
Go to a different computer on the network and insert the printer software CD into the disc drive. Click the "Install" button when it appears on screen. Select the "Network" option on the screen marked "Connect Your Printer."
Enter in network names of both the host computer and the printer into the dialog boxes in the next window. Continue to follow the on-screen instructions that will prompt you to begin the installation process. The installation process should take less than five minutes to complete. Click "Finish" once the software downloaded from the CD is complete. The printer will now be available to both computers on the network. Repeat these steps to enable another computer to work through the same network.
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