How to Install Canon Printers Without the Disks

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How to Install Canon Printers Without the Disks
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Canon printers are more commonly used for personal computers, as opposed to commercial use. These particular printers usually come with installation disks that are used to install the hardware's software drivers on the computer, but it's easy to misplace those disks over time. Luckily, the Canon support site provides software drivers for Canon printers, allowing users to install the software without the disks.

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  1. 1

    Go to the official Canon Global website in your computer's Internet browser.

  2. 2

    Click the "Support <Drivers/Downloads>" tab along the left side of the Canon Global home page. Select your region on the interactive map that appears on the right side of the tab options, and select the subregion where you are located.

  3. 3

    Select your product type, and click "Printers & Multifunction" to begin searching for your Canon product type. Click the product series that relates to your Canon printer.

  4. 4

    Scroll through the list of Canon printer models in the product series. Click the "Drivers & Software" link next to your Canon printer's thumbnail image. You will be redirected to the printer's product and overview page.

  5. 5

    Scroll down the Canon printer's product and overview page to the Drivers and Downloads section of the page. Click the "Select Your Operating System" drop-down bar. Select the name of your operating system, and click the red arrow to retrieve the software driver for your system.

  6. 6

    Click the .exe link under the firmware files that will be listed for the Canon "Software & Drivers" section.

  7. 7

    Run the Canon printer driver's .exe file from the File Download box that will appear. Click "Open" once the driver is processed. This file download will open the Canon installation wizard.

  8. 8

    Follow the system prompts in the Canon installation wizard to connect your Canon printer and complete the installation process.

Tips and warnings

  • Canon software drivers may not be available for all printer models. In some cases, if the printer is an older series, it must be installed with a Canon installation disk, as no alternative installation methods are available.

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