Have you just upgraded your operating system to Windows 10 and lost the connectivity to your network printers? Do they still appear to be discover-able and online by the computers running previous versions of the operating system and appear to be “offline” on yours Windows 10 computer? Well, then you need to throw your worries out the window because you have ended up at the right place; we have got just the right fix! This fix is applicable only if the printer is lost after the upgrade to Windows 10 and that the printer was previously connected to your router / network. It will not work if the router or the network it was connected to has been changed.
This issue has been faced by many people that recently upgraded their operating systems to Windows 10. Perform the following steps and you should be able to completely get rid of all the tension that, not being able to connect with your network printer, might have created for you:
Hit “Windows + X” to bring up the pop-up over the Start button.
Select “Control panel” from the list.
In the Control panel, click on “Hardware and Sound”
Now on top of the window that appears, you should be able to see “Devices and Printers”. Click on that.
Now click on the “Add a printer” option present at the top left.
The search should now begin. Because you aren’t able to locate your printer via the search, click on the “The printer I want isn’t listed” option.
Now from the options available, click on “Add a local printer with manual settings” and proceed by clicking next.
Now you will see a field that says “Use an existing port”. From the drop down, select the port that you are wishing to use to connect with thee printer.
Now you will have to choose your printer brand and the specific model of your printer from the two lists. When you do that, click next.
This is an important step. Here you will select the “Use the driver that’s currently installed (recommended)” option before clicking next.
Now you will be asked to enter the name of your printer. You can enter any name of your liking and hit next.
Now Windows will ask whether you want your printer to be discoverable by other computers that would like to connect with it, or not. Depending on your preference, make the input and move forward.
You can now decide whether you want this printer to be your default printer or not. If this is the only printer you have then it’s recommended to make it your default one.
Try printing a test page to see whether the printer has been rightly connected now or not.
These steps should definitely allow you to connect with your printer remotely and be able to send it printing requests whenever you want!