Unlike older editions, Windows 10 is easier to use as it can take care of installing peripherals like printers and fairly easy to troubleshoot issues related to them. People who use printers are familiar with it, and there are quick fixes for Windows 10 printing issues. This involves standard procedures such as, checking printer cables, connectivity, checking power supply, installing drivers etc. If these fail, then you run Windows Troubleshooter to fix the problems. Shared below are some of the ways in which you can fix common printer problems.
Checking Cables Or Wireless Connectivity
Lack of connectivity between the printer and PC is one of the common problems that usually occur due to setup issues. For wired printers, check if the printer connection cable is properly plugged in to its respective port and if it uses a USB cable ensure that it fits snugly at both ends. However, wireless printer troubleshooting is a little bit tricky. They use the home/office Wi-Fi network to connect to the PC, and manufacturers provide detailed guidelines to set them up. There will be a WPS or Wi-Fi button on both the printer and the network router; by pressing the button on both of them, the printer must connect to the wireless network automatically. If this doesn’t work, connect it to the laptop using the USB cable and configure the wireless connectivity manually.
Install Missing Printer Manually
Usually Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs the vast catalogue of printer drivers for your device. But, occasionally this catalogue will not have drivers for newer or uncommon printer models. In such a situation, you will have to download them manually. For this access “Settings” and from there click “Devices” followed by selecting “Printers & Scanners”. Now, you click “Add a printer or scanner” at the top. When you do that, Windows scans your device for the connected printer. If it detects, then click on the printer model form the search list; if it doesn’t detect, then click “The printer that I want isn’t listed”.
Next, in the “Add Printer” wizard, choose the most ideal option for your printer and for a wireless printer, select “Add a Bluetooth, wireless or network discoverable printer” and click “Next”. In case your device is older, select “My printer is a little older”. After that, follow the instructions for the printer that you selected to begin installation.
To avoid doing these steps manually, you can install automatic driver updater software that installs latest drivers including that of the printer so that it remains up to date.