How to Install Brother Printers Without a CD-ROM

By Mara Shannon

Updated February 10, 2017

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Unless you keep your computer desk very organized, finding the CD-ROM to install your Brother printer to a new computer can be a huge hassle. Fortunately, you can find free downloads of most Brother printer software on the company's website. As long as you have an Internet connection, you can install Brother printers even if you don't have the installation CD-ROM.

Visit the downloads section of Brother's official website (see Resources). Choose "Printers" from the "Select Product Group" menu.

Locate the model number on your Brother printer. It is probably on the top or front of the printer and begins with a letter or series of letters, such as "DCP," "HL" or "M." Choose the matching model number from the "Select Model" drop-down menu and click "View."

Scroll down to the header "Your Results." Click the link that shows your model number and "Downloads on our Online Solution Center."

Select your operating system--for example, Windows 7 or Windows XP--from the "Select OS" menu. Select your language and click "Search."

Click the "Information & Download" link under "Full Driver & Software Package." Click "Download," accept the license agreement, and save the file somewhere accessible on your computer.

Double-click the file to start the printer software installation. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation process.


If Brother's website does not have the proper software for your printer, try contacting the Brother help line at 1-877-BROTHER (877-276-8437) to ask about getting a replacement CD-ROM.