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Simple Local Printer Install

Updated on October 29, 2014

Step One

Step one will be to unpack i'm sure i don't need any pictures for this because i am assuming you know how to open a box.


Step Two with CD

Removing packing tape from printer, and Install.

This step can be more complicated for those who don’t open printers weekly as a part of some career path or disastrously bad encounters with printers.

Luckily most printers come with either a sheet that shows you where the tape has been placed on or in the printer, and a CD.

“Remember do not plug your printer in for this step.”

Follow the instructions on the paper.

If you have the CD follow the instruction from these pictures.

Click install

This is the intro screen of the CD for a Lexmark ms310
This is the intro screen of the CD for a Lexmark ms310 | Source

Agree to Terms

This is a standard license agreement
This is a standard license agreement | Source

Click Continue

This is a standard Security warning, letting you know what will be accessed by this software.
This is a standard Security warning, letting you know what will be accessed by this software. | Source

Click Continue Again

This is where yous select what software you want for your printer,  if your using this tutorial i suggest leaving all boxes default.
This is where yous select what software you want for your printer, if your using this tutorial i suggest leaving all boxes default. | Source

Click Continue 3

This is the install location, and name of printer, as well as setting the default printer.  Again i suggest leaving the defaults if your using this tutorial.
This is the install location, and name of printer, as well as setting the default printer. Again i suggest leaving the defaults if your using this tutorial. | Source

Guide through setup

If your using this tutorial and need a guide to ensure all packing materials are off your printer ensure guide me through this tutorial is CHECKED, and click continue.
If your using this tutorial and need a guide to ensure all packing materials are off your printer ensure guide me through this tutorial is CHECKED, and click continue. | Source

Part 3 With CD

Immediately after the guide on how to remove all packing materials your printer will install. If it does not immediately start on your brand you may have to click install.

Normal Instillation

This is the normal instillation continuing.
This is the normal instillation continuing. | Source

Part 4 Connect Printer

It is now safe to plug power and your usb adapter into your printer.   Plug power in first, and power on the printer, then plug the usb from your printer to your computer, and wait for your computer to detect it then click continue.
It is now safe to plug power and your usb adapter into your printer. Plug power in first, and power on the printer, then plug the usb from your printer to your computer, and wait for your computer to detect it then click continue. | Source

Part 5 Ensuring printer Is default

Now you want to make sure the setup was successful and that your printer will print. So go to the start menu>Devices and printers Right click on your printer and ensure the printer is marked as default.

You may also right click on the printer. Select printer Properties. And Click Print Test Page.

Start menu

click the start icon at the bottom left-hand corner of your display.
click the start icon at the bottom left-hand corner of your display. | Source

Devices and printers

click the devices and printers button on the right hand panel.
click the devices and printers button on the right hand panel. | Source

Right click your printer

Right click your printer to ensure that the set as default setting is checked, or click printer properties to print a test page.
Right click your printer to ensure that the set as default setting is checked, or click printer properties to print a test page. | Source

Go to the Start menu

Go to the start menu
Go to the start menu | Source
Click Devices and printers.
Click Devices and printers. | Source

Step Two without CD

To install your printer without a CD we are relying heavily that Windows kept this printer driver in its database. Sometimes this works. Sometimes it does not work.

Click add Printer

Click on add printer at the top of the screen.
Click on add printer at the top of the screen. | Source
Click Add local printer on the popup window.
Click Add local printer on the popup window. | Source

Use existing port

If you are using this tutorial leave the settings and click next.
If you are using this tutorial leave the settings and click next. | Source

Choose manufacturer and printer

Click on the manufacturers name, and select the printer model number that matches yours.
Click on the manufacturers name, and select the printer model number that matches yours. | Source

Choose your printers name

Select what you want your printer to be named,  I suggest something like Kitchen printer, or Desktop printer based on where it is in your house.   To keep a good idea of where your printer is.  Try to use the model number as well.
Select what you want your printer to be named, I suggest something like Kitchen printer, or Desktop printer based on where it is in your house. To keep a good idea of where your printer is. Try to use the model number as well. | Source

Plug in printer.

After plugging in your printer wait for the computer to pick up that it is attached and click next on the Name your printer screen this will advance into the install. After the install you can choose whether to share your printer on your network. This is a more advanced topic so select, not right now and we will cover this on in a new article.

Click do not share.

Do not share we will cover printer sharing in a later article. It will be linked to this article when finished.
Do not share we will cover printer sharing in a later article. It will be linked to this article when finished. | Source

Click Print test page and Finish if Test page Prints.

Click print test page to ensure printer is working correctly.  If you do not want this to be your default printer uncheck that option.   Once finished click done.
Click print test page to ensure printer is working correctly. If you do not want this to be your default printer uncheck that option. Once finished click done. | Source

Congratulations

You have successfully installed your printer, and tested it out for the first time. Please refer people to this article if they are struggling to connect their first printer.


If Failed.


If this failed for you and you do not have a CD then you may need to download your drivers off the manufacturer web site. We will cover this in the upcoming article.

Finding your print drivers online.

Thanks for reading.

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