Every time when Microsoft release new Operating system, one feature that is common for all version is the improved support for more devices compared to previous versions. With every new Operating system, Microsoft roll in drivers for all popular devices and incorporate it inside the Operating system. Additional drivers are incorporated inside the Operating system using periodically released Windows updates.
As a result, every time when you connect a new device or install a new Operating system in a computer, it automatically detects the device connected to it and install the drivers automatically. This spare you the time and effort to install the device driver separately from driver disk or from manufacturer website.
But rarely, Windows also end up in situations where it cannot detect and install the device driver automatically. This is especially true for recently released devices and devices which are complex. Rarely, Windows may fail to detect very old devices. Usually Windows install a generic device driver for old devices in those situations.
How to connect old printer to Windows 10
- Click Start -> Settings -> Devices
- Click Add a printer or scanner
Usually this initiates a quick scan and detect the printer. If not detected, proceed to next step.
- Click on the link The printer that I want isn’t listed
- Select The printer is a little older. Help me find it. Click Next
- Go through the list and check if you have the exact printer listed. If you don’t have that luxury, select a generic printer listed under your printer manufacturer list
- During the process of installation, it might ask you to put the operating system disk. Insert the disk to complete the installation.
If this method fails, the next method is to go to printer manufacturer website. Find the drivers for your printer.
Finally, if this is an old printer and not getting detected by Windows and no drivers listed in manufacturer site, you need to buy a new printer.