How to Install Printer Driver? A Quick Step-by-Step Guide

Days are gone when you had to use a CD/DVD drive to install the printer driver.

These days, you can directly install the printer driver from your printer manufacturer’s website.

All you have to do is:

  • Go to the official website of your printer manufacturer first.
  • Here are the links for Epson, Canon, Brother and HP.
  • Then search for your printer model, download the driver setup file and proceed with the installation.
  • I suggest you restart your printer once before installing the driver. I have several times faced issue when trying to install driver without a printer restart.

Pro Tip: What If the Printer Driver Fails to Detect the Printer?

If the setup file fails to detect your printer during the installation, here’s what you need to do.

I often do this whenever I face issues installing driver on my clients’ PCs and it easily resolves the problem.

  • Go to Windows Settings > Printers & scanners.
  • Click the Add device button, wait for a while and click Add manually.
  • Choose the last option that says “Add a local printer…..”
  • Choose the port. For instance, USB001 if it’s a wired printer, Standard TCP/IP if you added printer using the printer’s IP address.
  • Choose the driver. It will generally be the same as the name of your printer.
  • Replace the current driver and you are done.

Honestly, the whole process of installing the printer driver is really a piece of cake.

Please let me know if you are stuck anywhere during the installation. PrinterArmy Deependra is always there to rescue you.

Meet Deependra Pangeni, the printer expert and founder of With a background in Computer Engineering and a huge collection of printers, Deependra knows all about printing. He shares his how-to guides, solutions and tips on to help everyone print perfectly.

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