There are several ways to connect a printer to your PC. 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 and install it when you plug it in.

If it's an older model that connects using the serial or parallel port, you might have to install it manually.

To install (add) a local printer
Click to open Devices and Printers.

Click Add a printer.

In the Add Printer wizard, click Add a local printer.

On the Choose a printer port page, make sure that the Use an existing port button and the recommended printer port are selected, and then click Next.

On the Install the printer driver page, select the printer manufacturer and model, and then click Next.

If your printer isn't listed, click Windows Update, and then wait while Windows checks for additional drivers.

If none are available and you have the installation CD, click Have Disk, and then browse to the folder where the printer driver is located. (For additional help, consult the printer manual.)

Complete the additional steps in the wizard, and then click Finish.

You can print a test page to make sure the printer is working correctly. See Print a test page.

If you've installed the printer but it doesn't work, check the manufacturer's website for troubleshooting information or driver updates.