How to install a printer without an installation disc

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How to install a printer without an installation disc
How to install a printer without an installation disc
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This article will show you how to install a printer on a computer without a software installation disc. This can usually be done using the USB cable that came with the printer, but if the printer is old, you may need to download the software from the printer manufacturer's website.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Using a USB cable on Windows

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 2

Step 1. Plug the USB cable into your computer

USB ports are located on the side of your laptop or on the back and front of your computer case.

If your printer did not come with a USB cable, you will need to buy the cable first. To find the type of cable you want, enter "USB cable for [printer model]" in the search engine. If your printer does not have a USB cable, install the software manually

If you haven't already connected the other end of the cable to the printer, do so

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 3

Step 2. Turn on the printer

To do this, press the power button

Windowspower
Windowspower

on the printer. Wait about a minute and then continue.

If the Add Printer Wizard does not open, go to the next step

In many cases, when you turn on the printer, the Add Printer Wizard will open

In this case, just follow the instructions on the screen to set up the printer.

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 4

Step 3. Open the Start Menu

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Windowsstart

To do this, click on the Windows logo in the lower left corner of the screen.

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 5

Step 4. In the Start menu search box, type printers and scanners

This will search your computer for the Printers & Scanners section.

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 6

Step 5. Click Printers & Scanners at the top of the Start menu

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 7

Step 6. Click Add Printer or Scanner

It's near the top of the Printers & Scanners window.

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 8

Step 7. Click on the name of your printer

It should appear in the Add Printer or Scanner window. The Add Printer Wizard will open.

If you don't see the name of your printer, click “The printer that I want isn't listed,” then select a search option and follow the instructions on the screen

You may need to download the printer software before proceeding.

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 9

Step 8. Follow the instructions on the screen

The installation process depends on the printer model. When the installation process is complete, you can use the printer

Method 2 of 3: Using a USB cable on Mac OS X

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 10

Step 1. Find out if your printer is compatible with Mac OS X

Not all printers can run on this operating system. In order not to waste time setting up your printer, first find out its model, and then read the information about it and find out if this model is compatible with Mac OS X.

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 11

Step 2. Place the printer near the computer

Most printers come with relatively short USB cables that allow you to connect the printer directly to your computer. To connect such a cable, the printer and computer must be located next to each other.

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 12

Step 3. Make sure you have a USB adapter (if needed)

Most modern Macs don't have standard USB ports - they have USB-C ports instead. In this case, you need a USB to USB-C adapter to connect the USB cable to your Mac.

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 13

Step 4. Plug the USB cable into your computer

USB ports are located on the side of your laptop or on the back and front of your computer case.

In the case of an adapter, first connect it to the USB-C port and then connect the cable to the adapter.

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 14

Step 5. Turn on the printer

To do this, press the power button

Windowspower
Windowspower

on the printer.

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 15

Step 6. Click Install when prompted

Mac OS X will automatically detect the printer and determine if you need to install it; if you have never installed a printer on your Mac, you will be prompted to install on the screen.

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 16

Step 7. Follow the instructions on the screen

This will install the latest software and drivers on your computer. When the process is complete, you can use the printer.

Method 3 of 3: How to download the software

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 17

Step 1. Read the instructions for your printer

It may contain recommended steps for setting up a printer without software. In this case, follow the instructions to find and download the printer software.

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 18

Step 2. Go to the website of the printer manufacturer

For example, go to http://www8.hp.com/ru/ru/home.html if you have an HP printer. Here are the websites of other major printer manufacturers:

  • Canon:
  • Epson:
  • Brother:
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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 19

Step 3. Click the Printers tab

Each site has a different design, so look for this tab at the top of the page.

If there is a search bar at the top of the website, enter your printer model and skip the next step.

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 20

Step 4. Find your printer model

To do this, browse all models or enter your printer model in the search bar, if available.

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 21

Step 5. Find the link to download "Software"

You may need to re-enter your printer model in the search bar to find the software.

At the bottom of some sites, there is a small "Download software" link

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 22

Step 6. Click on the link to download the software

The installation file will start downloading.

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 23

Step 7. Wait for the file to download to your computer

This will take from a few seconds to several minutes.

If prompted, specify a folder to download the file

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 24

Step 8. Unpack the downloaded archive with the installation file if you have a Windows computer

To do this, double-click on the folder with the archive, double-click on the archive, click "OK", when prompted, select the folder and click "Extract here".

  • On Mac OS X, just double-click on the archive to open it.
  • If the downloaded file is not an archive but an executable file, skip this step.
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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 25

Step 9. Double click on the installation file

In Windows, open the unzipped folder and then double-click the EXE file. On Mac OS X, just double-click the DMG file.

On Mac OS Sierra, first allow third-party software to be installed

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 26

Step 10. Follow the instructions on the screen

The content of the window that appears depends on the operating system of your computer and your printer, so simply follow the instructions on the screen to install the software.

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Install a Printer Without the Installation Disk Step 27

Step 11. Connect the printer to your computer

If your printer came with a USB cable, connect it to your computer to see if the system recognizes the printer. If the printer is connected via a wireless network, make sure the printer and computer are connected to the Internet. You can now use the printer.

Advice

  • Some manufacturers ship (for a fee) driver discs. For more information, see the manufacturer's website.
  • You can also find the printer software on a third-party site if the printer is quite old and no longer supported by the manufacturer. However, be careful when downloading files from third-party sites.

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