How to Add a Printer in Windows Vista

In this tutorial I will show you how to add a printer in Windows Vista. Although we live in the digital age the use of printers has increased continuously year over year. The method of adding a printer to a computer has been simplified with the use of the manufacturer installation CD, but sometimes a person doesn’t want to install all the printer software that’s included on the CD. For people who just want to use the basic printer functions they can manually install a printer very easily. Also, most people today have home networks with multiple computers and one printer so adding a printer on every networked computer will be a convenient feature for everybody in the house. Let us show you how to add a printer in Windows Vista with this simple tutorial.


1. Click the Start button in the bottom left corner of the desktop.

2. Once the start menu open up then click on the Control Panel button.

3. Now the Control Panel screen will appear. Find the Hardware and Sounds section and then click on the Printer link.

4. You will now see the Printer screen. This window will show you all the printers that are installed on your computer. In the toolbar located near the top you will click the Add a Printer button.

5. In the Choose a Local or Network screen choose the Add a Local Printer option if your printer is connected to a router (via USB cable), another computer or your computer. For all other setups choose the Network option. Once you’ve chosen your setup then click the Next button.

6. Now you will choose the correct printer port for your setup. In my case my printer is attached to a router via a USB cable so I will choose the Create a New Port option and then select Standard TCP/IP Port and then click Next.

7. On the Type a Printer Hostname or IP screen you will type in the IP address of your router. If you printer is directly connected to your computer or another computer in your network then you can choose the autodetect option. Then click the Next button.

8. Your computer will now try to detect the printer. If your printer is attached to a router via USB cable then it will ask you for a network card. Just choose the standard generic network card and press Next. If your printer a locally attached then you won’t see this step.

9. Now your laptop or desktop is try to determine the drivers for the model of your printer. When the Install the Printer Driver screen appears you can try find the model of your printer from the supplied list and press Next. If you can’t find your printer model then insert the printer CD that came with your printer in the DVD drive and then press the Have Disk button. Now you will have to find the drivers for Windows Vista and install them.

10. Type a Printer Name screen will now ask you to choose a name for your printer and chose whether you want this printer to be the default printer or not. Once you have chosen the desired name and checked the default printer option click the Next button.

11. Once the printer has been installed on your computer you will receive a message saying you’ve have successfully added the printer. Now you can print a test page if you want and then click the Finish button.


– If you don’t have the printer software that came with your printer then you can download the drivers from the manufacturers website. Just download and run the driver package and then follow the above the procedure.

That’s it! It’s really that simple. We hope the tutorial “How to Add a Printer in Windows Vista” using Windows Vista has helped you with your computer repair issue.

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