Installing a USB Printer

Wednesday Wisdom

So, you’ve just bought a brand new printer and will be connecting it to your computer using a USB cable. The great news is that most printers can install the required ‘drivers’ so your computer can “talk” to the printers out of the box. But what do you do if the printer doesn’t do this automatically?


Before completing the steps below, make sure the USB is NOT attached to the computer/laptop:


  1. Find the driver for your printer
    • To do this open Google
    • Type in the name of your printer — for this example we will use a “Canon MFP224DW”, add the word “driver” to the search so it will look like “Canon MFP224DW driver”
    • Look for the website URL with the product name in it e.g.
    • When you get to the driver download page, select your operating system (the website can also auto detect the Operating System you are running). An example can be seen here
  2. Double-click the files you’ve downloaded to decompress/unzip them
    • A new folder will be created within the same folder
    • The new folder will have the same name as the compressed file (normally the same name as your printer)
  3. Double click the “setup.exe” file to start the installation
  4. Once the above steps have been completed, plug the printer’s USB cable into your computer/laptop, and the printer should be OK to be used


If there are further issues, leave us a comment below, or check back for our future post on advanced guides for installing USB printers!