How To Install An Older Printer In Windows 10

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If Windows 10 doesn't detect your printer when you install it, one of these workarounds just might get it up and running.

Older hardware is often an issue with new versions of Windows. Manufacturers don't always update the drivers for older printers to work with the latest Windows version. Upgrades of Windows 10 sometimes aren't compatible with printers that were working in the previous version. There's often a lag until manufacturers release driver updates for the current Windows version. And, in an effort to make upgrades smaller, Microsoft will start excluding printer and scanner drivers in Windows 10 versions starting with the next release, version 1809. This article has some workarounds that might come in handy:

  • Installing an older printer using advanced setup
  • Installing a network printer manually
  • Installing a local printer manually
  • How to install an older printer using incompatible drivers

Most of us aren't going to buy a new printer so we can run the latest version of Windows. These workarounds won't work with all older printers, but are worth a try if you need to install an older (or newer) printer in Windows 10.

How to install an older printer to Windows 10


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"Or, you could use Linux instead of Windows 10. Plug in, detect, print....."

You could use linux but since the article title is "How To Install An Older Printer In Windows 10" I don't see the relevance.

Or, you could use Linux instead of Windows 10. Plug in, detect, print.....

A good option. :)