Adding a printer perhaps is a single job once you are sure of the type of your printer. You can use a local printer along with its driver to use while there is another option of using a network shared printer. The local ones would certainly be used by your system dedicatedly while the network printers are usually shared over the network in order to make sure that you and other people on the network can easily use them.

Printer on local system:

Adding a local printer that is of the latest models is not an issue on a platform like Windows 7 as the operating system has the appropriate drivers to get the printer into action. The latest printers are using two technologies mainly to get connected to your system. One of them is the Universal Serial Bus. Such printers are plug and play printers that are automatically detected by the operating system and can be used. The other type of latest model printers connects to your system using the Wi-Fi technology. These are the class of wireless printers that can easily be added with your system.

The older printers usually have serial or parallel port in order to be connected to the system that is not supported by Windows 7 by default. This type of connection is not even supported by the latest hardware as well. Follow the following steps in order to add your printer to your local system:

  • Open the Start menu, then Devices and Printers.
  • Click on the link to Add a Printer.
  • In the welcome screen, click Add a local printer.
  • On the Choose a printer port, select the Use an existing port and select the recommended port. Move on to the next step.
  • Look out for your printer make and model in the list of printers available and select to move ahead. In case the device is not listed, you can still use the Windows Update feature to check for an online solution. On the contrary, if you have a disk containing device drivers, you can use the Have disk feature to locate and install drivers.
  • Once done, click finish and your printer is ready to work.

Printer shared on network:

You would certainly come up with such printers while being in your offices and workplaces. Such printers act as stand alone on the network and you just need connectivity as to make sure that you have an online access. Follow the following steps in order to add a printer over on the network:

  • Open the Start menu, then Devices and Printers.
  • Click on the link to Add a Printer.
  • In the welcome screen, click Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer.
  • The system is going to list all the related devices on the network resources shared on the workgroup or domain that you will be using. Select the appropriate printer and move to the next step.
  • The system might ask you for a driver, locate and install the driver. You must be familiar with the passwords in case it does not give you an access without password.
  • Move to the next step and finish the wizard.

In order to make sure that your printer is added, you can always take a test page through your printer’s settings in the Devices and Printers tab.