How to Install a Printer Without a CD

By Techwalla Computers Editor

Many people have become frustrated over a lack of CD to install a printer. Now installing a printer without a CD does not have to be a difficult task. Just follow a few simple instructions and the printer can be installed.

Step 1

Place the computer and printer next to each other and make sure that all the wires are connected to both the printer and the computer.

Step 2

Turn the computer on and wait for it to boot up.

Step 3

Plug the printer into the wall and then take the USB cord that is attached to the printer and plug it into the appropriate port on the computer.

Step 4

Turn the printer on.

Step 5

Click on "Start menu" and go to the "Control panel".

Step 6

Find "Printers and hardware" box and click on it.

Step 7

Take mouse and click "Add printer".

Step 8

When you see "Welcome to the add printer wizard," hit "Next."

Step 9

Click "Automatically detect and install plug and play printer" on the add printer wizard page. Click "Next."

Step 10

Installing the printer will begin if the network can automatically detect it. Otherwise, the message unable to detect will pop up and you will be prompted to install the printer manually. Click "Next."

Step 11

Select printer port. Use the recommended port for best set up options. Click "Next."

Step 12

Pick manufacturer and printer. Click "Next."

Step 13

Type a name or confirm name if it appears in the box and set printer as default printer if wish. Click "Next."

Step 14

Print a test page to be sure printer is set up and online. Click "Next."

Step 15

Receive a successful completion of installation of printer message. Click "Finish."