Windows 7 Printer Installation

To install a new printer in the Windows 7 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 Start...Devices and Printers

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

4. On the next screen, Windows 7 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.  Windows 7 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. If Windows 7 can't detect the type of printer, you'll be given a list of printers to choose from.  If your printer isn't there, try clicking on 'Windows Update'.  If you still can't find your printer, use the CD/DVD that came with your printer or go to the manufacturer's website and download the driver (then use the 'Have Disk' option to install).

9. 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.

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

11. Your printer is installed.  You can choose this printer to be your default printer.  You can print a test page.  Otherwise, click Finish.