How to Use the Native Microsoft USB Printer Drivers

by Larry Simmons
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Having a printer available and ready for printing is essential to the operations of most small businesses. Since the implementation of Plug and Play technology, connecting a printer to your computer has been mostly a matter of plugging in the printer and allowing the native Microsoft Windows drivers to set up your printer for you. The implementation of native printer drivers has continued to expand with successive generations of Windows, allowing the connection of most printers -- especially the newest models -- without the need for any additional driver downloads or installation software.

Automatic Driver Use

Plug the printer power cord into a nearby outlet and then plug the USB cable into an open USB port on your running computer system.

Wait a few minutes for Windows to recognize the new USB printer. The new device wizard should install the necessary native Windows printer drivers for use with your system.

Click the Windows Start button on the taskbar and then select “Devices and Printers” from the menu. Look for your printer on the Devices listing under the Printers and Faxes section to verify the printer addition. If the printer is not listed, you will need to add it manually.

Mannually Setting Up a Printer

Click the Windows Start button on the taskbar. Select “Devices and Printers.”

Click “Add a Printer” and select “Add a local printer” from the options.

Select “Use an existing port” and select the USB port. Click “Next.”

Locate the printer manufacturer in the selection box on the left in the Add a Printer window. Choose the printer model from the pane on the right. Click “Next” to install the native printer driver.

Select to use the recommended driver and click “Next.” Type the printer name into the Name field and click “Next.” Select whether to share or not to share the printer with other devices on the network and click “Next.” Click “Finish” to complete the installation process and make your printer ready for use.

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