How To Install A Printer
Today, printers have become an indispensable part of computers considering the huge amount of printing works that are being done at offices and even at homes. HP and Canon are two trusted names in the market for offering an array of printers that suit every specific purpose. Installing a printer and making it ready for use is not a difficult task. It normally depends on its specific purpose i.e. office or home use. Hereafter in the article, printer for home use will be referred to as local printer and the office one as network printer. The operating system in use is Windows 7 Ultimate. They can be followed for Windows Vista too. For XP, it may have to be done in a bit different manner.
Starting with local printer, most of today’s printers are in USB models that makes the installation even easier. The following steps can be adopted to install a USB printer:
• First things first. Insert the cartridge in its appropriate slot following the user manual
• Get the driver CD that comes with the printer
• Using the power cable, switch on the printer. However, it is to be made sure that the device is not connected to the PC/laptop as it requires that the drivers be installed first, unlike old models where the printed has to be connected first
• Now install the driver following the on-screen instructions. Upon its completion, it asks to plug in the USB cable to its respective port. It then automatically detects the printer.
• An on-page instruction will appear that asks to print a sample page. Once this is done, the installation can be finished. The printer is ready to print now.
A network printer allows many users to share a single printer thereby nullifying the extra costs of procuring many printers. For its installation, the first thing to be made sure is to get it installed on a main workstation, post which it can be shared with other PC/laptops. Following are the steps to get the printer working on the network of computers.
• Click on the Windows Start button and select Devices and Printers
• Click on Add a printer and then click on Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer
• From the list of printers displayed, select the particular printer and click on Next and follow the on-screen instructions, and then click Finish
• If the printer is not in the list, it can be added by its name or the IP address
• Follow the same for every computer in the network
These are the basic steps that are involved in installing a local printer as well as a network printer. Should one have a fair knowledge of PCs/Laptops, it should not be a difficulty to get these steps right. For any kind of technical issues, one should not be hesitated to seek expert advices from the technical support team of the printer manufacturer.
Padameshwar Singh Nongthombam is a prolific blogger.