Windows Vista Printer Installation

To install a new printer in the Windows Vista operating system, you don't have to be logged in as administrator.

1.  You'll need to know the IP number of the printer you want to install (if you don't know this already, contact the EIT Support Hotline)

2. Go to Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, Printers, Add a Printer

3. Select 'Add a network, wireless, or Bluetooth Printer'

4. On the next screen, Vista will search for available printers, but most likely you'll need to select 'The printer that I want wasn't listed.'

5. Click Next.  Select 'Add a printer using TCP/IP address or hostname.'

6. Click Next.  Enter your printer's IP number.  Check the box to query the printer and automatically select what driver to use:

7. Click Next.  Vista will contact the printer, determine what kind of printer it is and the appropriate driver.  If you've previously installed this printer or another printer of the same make and model, you will be asked if you want to use the driver that's installed or replace it. 

8. Click Next.  After communicating with your printer, Windows 7 will give you a printer name (you can change this).  If you don't want this to be your default printer, uncheck the box.

9.  For 'Printer Sharing' select 'Do not share this printer.'

10. Your printer is installed.  You can print a test page.  Otherwise, click Finish.