So you’ve just bought a new HP Printer for your office or for your home and need to get it connected to your Windows computer.  Even if you’re not tech-savvy, connecting your HP printer to your computer is easy to do. Depending on the type of computer you’re using and the printer you’ve bought, the instructions may vary, but this guide will serve as a great resource to get you started.

Determine Printer Type

The first thing you’ll want to do is determine whether you’re using a wireless printer or wired printer. If you’re unsure, this information will almost always be printed on the box and in the instructions that come with your printer.  Once you’ve determined your printer type, you can get started with setup.

Unpack Your Printer

Remove your HP printer from the packaging making sure to take out all pieces included and any cords included. Once you’ve organized all of the pieces you’ll need you can start assembling your printer. Once your printer is fully assembled, you’ll want to plug the double-pronged power cable into the printer and then into the wall to power it on.

How To Connect To HP Printer On Windows

If your HP printer is a wired printer, you would typically have a USB cable included in your packaging. Once you’ve located the USB cable, choose the instructions below that are the best for you.

Connecting A Wired Printer to Windows

  1. Plug one end of the USB cable into your HP printer and the other end of the USB cable into your computer.
  2. Once the printer is connected to your computer you should receive an alert from Windows to let you know there is a new device connected.
  3. Click on the alert and then follow the installation instructions provided by the wizard. If no alert is shown, proceed to step 4.
  4. Open the Windows Settings by clicking the Start Menu and clicking the gear icon that links to your Windows Settings.
  5. Click on the icon labeled “Devices” and then select Printers & Scanners and then click on “Add Printer or Scanner”.
  6. Windows should now be able to detect your printer. Once you identify the right printer, click on the printer and follow the remaining installation instructions.

Connecting A Wireless Printer to Windows

  1. Start by powering your printer on and connecting it to your Wi-Fi. Depending on the printer you’ve bought, instructions may vary, but the majority of printers will have an LCD screen to use for configuration.
  2. Click around in the LCD menu until you find the Wi-Fi network settings or Wireless LAN settings.
  3. After accessing the LAN settings, locate your SSID, or your network service set identifier.  You can find your SSID by hovering your mouse over the WiFi icon at the bottom right of your screen. If you’re unable to find it here, you can also look on the back or underside of your router.
  4. To complete the connection, select your SSID and then enter your network password. Once entered, your printer should be ready for connection.
  5. Click the Start Menu and then click on the gear icon that links to your Windows Settings.
  6. Next, click on the Devices label and then click the option to “Add A Printer or Scanner”
  7. You should now be able to find your wireless printer in the list of available printers.  Select the correct printer and click “Add Device”.
  8. At this point, your computer should handle the rest of the configuration.

Troubleshooting Your HP Printer Connection

If you’ve followed these instructions, you should now be able to print to your HP printer, whether it is a wireless printer or a wired printer.  If you’re still having trouble connecting your printer, you can try some of these common troubleshooting solutions.

My Computer Can’t Find My Printer

If you’ve followed the steps above but your computer still can’t find your computer, don’t worry, it happens! This could be happening for a number of reasons, but it’s typically due to the computer and the operating system not being compatible.

The first thing you should do is go into your Windows Settings and go to the Devices tab. Click “Add Printers & Scanners” and let your computer search for the printer one more time. If you’re still unable to find it, click the button that says “The Printer I Want Isn’t Listed”.

Your computer will now search again for any linked printers and then give you the option to download the associated drivers. Once you download and install the correct driver, you should be able to go back and install the printer.

My Printer Can’t Install The Printer Software

Have you plugged your printer into your computer but for some reason it still won’t show up? Don’t worry, it happens!

The first thing you should do is completely unplug the printer and then plug it back into the computer. Sometimes all that you need to do is give the computer a second chance to make the right connection. If you are attempting to connect wirelessly, you may still want to make a USB connection for tests.

Once the printer is recognized by the computer, you will now want to navigate to your computer Control Panel. You can get there by opening the Start Menu and then typing in “Control Panel”.

Once you’re in the control panel, type “Change Device Installation Settings” into the search bar. You should then see a printer icon in the results. Click this icon so that you can modify the installation settings.

Now that you’re in the installation settings, you should be prompted to download driver software for your devices. Click “yes” to start the download and save the changes. Once the downloads are complete, you can retry connecting your HP printer to your computer.

My Printer Won’t Print Over WiFi

If you followed all of the steps above but are still having trouble with your wireless printer, here are a few tips that may help you finish the connection.

First, make sure that your printer and your computer are both connected to the same WiFi network. Double-check the LAN settings for your printer and make sure it is on the right WiFi network. Also, you should make sure that the SSID you’ve entered matches the SSID on your router.

You will also want to make sure that you are within an acceptable range from your printer. Even if you’re connected to the right WiFi network, it’s possible that you are just physically too far from the printer. Try moving closer to the printer or closer to the wireless router and retrying the print job.