How to install the latest driver for your printer

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Most printers require that you install the latest printer driver so that the printer will work well. If you recently upgraded from an earlier version of Windows, your printer driver might work with the previous version but might not work well or at all with Windows 10.  Also, if you've experienced power outages, computer viruses, or other problems, your printer driver might be damaged. Downloading and installing the latest printer driver can often resolve these problems. Here are several ways to do this.

Windows Update might find an updated version of your printer driver. To use it:

Select the Start  button, then select Settings > Update & Security , and select Check for updates.

If Windows Update finds an updated driver, it will download and install it, and your printer will automatically use it.

If your printer came with a disc, it might contain software that can help you install drivers for your printer or check for driver updates.

Check your printer manufacturer’s support site. To find that, search the internet for the name of your printer manufacturer plus the word “support,” such as “HP support.” 

Driver updates are often available in the “Drivers” section of a printer manufacturer’s website. Some support sites let you search for your printer model number directly. Locate and download the latest driver for your printer model, then follow the installation instructions on the manufacturer’s website.

Most drivers are self-installing. After you download them, double-click (or double-tap) the file to begin installing it. Then follow these steps to remove and reinstall the printer.

  1. Select the Start  button, then select Settings > Devices  > Printers & scanners .

  2. Under Printers & scanners, find the printer, select it, and then select Remove device.

  3. After removing your printer, add it back by selecting Add a printer or scanner. Wait for your device to find nearby printers, choose the one you want, and then select Add device.

What to do if the driver doesn't install

If you double-click the installation file and nothing happens, follow these steps:

  1. Select the Start  button, then select Settings  > Devices  > Printers & scanners  .

  2. On the right, under Related Settings, select Print server properties.

  3. On the Drivers tab, see if your printer listed. If it is, you’re all set.

  4. If you don’t see your printer listed, select Add, and in the Welcome to the Add Printer Driver Wizard, select Next.

  5. In the Processor Selection dialog box, select your device’s architecture, and then select Next.

  6. In the Printer Driver Selection dialog box, on the left, select your printer manufacturer, on the right, select your printer driver, select Next, select Finish, and follow the instructions to add your driver.
    Add Printer Device Wizard

  7. Follow the instructions in the section above to remove and reinstall the printer.

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