Resolving Issue of Unable To Connect Printer to Windows® 7 System
What are the various tips to fix the problems that arise while connecting a printer to a Windows 7 system?
The most common way to install a printer is to connect it directly to your system. This is called a local printer. If your printer is a universal serial bus (USB) model, Windows would automatically detect it and begin the installation when you plug it into your PC. If you are installing a wireless printer that connects to your computer over a wireless network (Wi-Fi), you can use the ‘Add a device’ wizard to install the printer. If it is an older model that connects using the serial or parallel port, you might have to install it by hand. If you have installed the printer but if it does not work, then check the manufacturer's website for troubleshooting information or driver updates. If you are using a network printer, confirm that the printer is powered on and connected to your local network with an Ethernet cable.
The main causes behind the problem with connecting printers to your Windows 7 system and tips to fix the issues are given below:
- Connect to a Local Printer
- Connect to a Wireless or Network Printer
The number of reasons for the printer to remain unconnected to your computer might be plenty. The major causes would include problems with drivers such as compatibility, authenticity etc. If you do not have its setup disc and Windows cannot find it via Windows Update, check the manufacturer's download page. The loose connections between the computer or printer or cables that you use for connections could also be a cause. If you are using a USB printer, make sure the USB cable is firmly plugged to a USB port on your PC. Sometimes, the firewall may be blocking some of the services involved including the printing feature. Then configure your firewall settings accordingly.
Connect to a Local Printer
If Windows 7 cannot connect to a printer, try the following steps to resolve the issue. Click 'Start' and select 'Devices and Printers'; then click ‘Add a Printer’ found at the top of the window. Then Add Printer wizard would start. Click 'Add a Local Printer' and make certain that ‘Use an Existing Port’ is selected and the recommended printer port is entered. Now click 'Next'. Choose the printer brand and model you are connecting and click 'Next'. If you cannot find the printer’s name in the list, update the drivers.
If Windows 7 cannot connect to your printer and the printer is wireless, click 'Start' and select 'Devices and Printers'; then click 'Add a Printer' found at the top of the window. Then 'Add Printer wizard' would start. Click 'Add a Network', 'Wireless or Bluetooth Printer'. Windows would now search for the available printers. If the printer you want to get connected to appears in the list of available printers, select it and click 'Next'. Select the printer brand and model you want to connect and click 'Next'. If you cannot find the printer’s name in the list, update the drivers in your computer. You shall also click on ‘The Printer That I Want Isn't Listed’, browse for the printer or enter the printer's name or TCP/IP address and complete the connection.
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