How to Download, Change, and Install Printer Interfaces on Windows 10


  • Step 1- Do Your Homework

The first step when downloading, changing, and installing a printer on Windows 10 is to figure out which printer you are using, what you wish it to do, and then find the necessary software needed, such as disks and drivers.

Sometimes, an installation disk can be included with your printer; this should be used to complete the installation, however, if this fails, you will have to go online to download a driver.

  •  Step 2- Installing a Printer

For this example, we will be installing a USB-connected printer; to accomplish this, make sure you are connected to the Internet. Next, turn on the printer and connect it to your computer using the USB cable. Click Start on your computer, then type Devices and hit Enter.

  • Step 2- Continued

If your computer is on a metered Internet connection, ensure that you scroll down on the option to download the necessary drives over a metered connection.

  • Step 2- Continued- Troubleshooting Printer drivers

Like any installation, there can be issues that occur when installing your printer. If you run into any of these, simply click Start and then type Devices and Printers, then hit Enter. Next, by right-clicking the Printer and selecting Troubleshoot, the Wizard will start and detect any issues.

  • Troubleshooting- Continued

After the Wizard detects any issues, simply select Apply this Fix. Next, wait until Windows resolves the issue and then click Apply this Fix, again.

  • Troubleshooting- Continued

After any fixes are applied, you must restart your computer to finish installing updates and drivers.

  • Step 3- Configuring and Managing Printers in Windows 10

After your computer has restarted, the recently installed printer should be working and will have a proper connection to your computer.

You should now see the printer in the Devices menu. To set a printer as Default, launch Settings from the Start Menu and click Devices. Next, Select Printer & Scanners and scroll down. Toggle off the setting When Turned On, the default printer is the last printer used.

  • Common Issues and Solutions

There can be other issues that occur during installation, such as your computer not recognizing the Printer, faulty drivers, or outdated installation disks.

To fix these issues and many like it, you can access the Devices and Printers from the Control Panel, and then Right Click the printer you wish to configure or fix and select one of the options. This will let you further configure and fix your printer.

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