In this article, we are going to explain how to install printer driver manually in Windows 10. Sometimes the printer doesn’t get installed properly through automatic driver installation. For example, you have added the printer and tried to install it through the installation file, but you are getting an error message “The destination driver file is not found“.

This usually happens if you disable the installation file at the time that you have connected the printer to your computer. You can still install the drivers manually.

How to install printer manually on a computer using basic INF driver

Steps to Install Printer Driver Manually

To install the printer driver manually on a computer, it must require a basic driver (INF driver). So first download the basic driver and then see how to install it manually. These steps can be applied on Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7 as well.

Step 1: Download the Basic Driver (INF Driver)

Download the basic driver from www.infdriver.com. In this tutorial, we are going to install Canon LBP 2900 printer on Windows 10 computer. Please download the basic driver (INF driver) from the link below: https://www.infdriver.com/download/canon/canon-lbp-2900/canon-lbp-2900-basic-driver.zip

download the basic driver

Step 2: Extract the Basic Driver from the Zip file

Right-click on the downloaded zip file and click on “extract to canon-lbp-2900-basic-driver

extract the basic driver

Here is the extracted folder

basic driver extracted folder

In the extracted folder you’ll get the .INF file that is required for manual installation.

inf driver file

Step 3: Install the basic driver manually

Steps:

  1. First, right-click on My computer and go to “Manage“.
    manage to open device manager
  2. Then click on “Device Manager“.
    click on device manager
  3. Now you will see several options on the right hand side, click on “Other devices“.
  4. You will find the printer here, right-click on your printer name and click on “Update Driver Software
  5. Now click on “Browse my computer for driver software
  6. Now click on “Let me pick from the list of device drivers on my computer“.
  7. Now you will see a list of devices on the screen, just press “P” and then select “Printer” and click Next.
  8. Now click on “Have Disk…
  9. Then click on Browse.
  10. Now locate the printer basic driver that we have extracted in step 2. Here, look forward to the .INF file name. For this particular printer, select CNAB4STK.INF file and click on open.
  11. Then select your printer model number from the list of drivers in this window. Then click on Next.
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  12. Type the printer name you want to set and click on Next.
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  13. Please wait while installing it manually.
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  14. Choose the option “Don’t not share the printer” and then click on Next.
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  15. Finally, click on Finish.
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  16. The printer driver has been installed using its basic driver INF driver.
    basic driver successfully installed
  17. That’s it.

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If you have any query about downloading and installing basic drivers manually then let us know in the comments section down below.


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Question: For Lenevo laptop, can I use this driver hp 1018?

Answer: Yes, you can use for your Lenovo laptop. We recommend you to use the HP 1018 basic driver and then follow the above given manual installation guide.

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34 COMMENTS

  1. Hello,
    I am trying to install HP 1018 on my lenovo Thinkcentre (mini pc) without success.
    The problem is that after decompression of the zip files I don’t find the .inf file.
    Could you give me helping?
    Best. Giovanni

    • I have double-checked the “.inf” file in the zip format. I have found the .inf file named as “HPLJ1020.INF”. We suggest you to download the driver from this link and then follow the video tutorial instructions carefully.

  2. I am trying to install Hp 1022 on my Hp Laptop but i cant find the printer name on my file please can you give me a helping hand

  3. I can’tinstall hp laserJet 1010.

    Herei klic add printer. But it shows no devices found. So i couldn’t follow all of these that u share..

    • Sure, we’ll help you to find HP 2700 printer driver. Could you please confirm the model number please? Is it HP Deskjet 2700 or HP Laserjet 2700 model number?

  4. i have HP LaserJet 1320 series printer but I do not have the driver so i had wanted to install the driver from the net but i could not find, can you help me on this? thanks

  5. Good morning … I have a HP LaserJet 1100 printer I managed to make it work on Windows 10 64 bytes … Pero This printer has a scanner but Windows. 10 Does not see …. There is a driver for this scanner

  6. Hello,
    i have for installed my HP Laserjet 1010 / windows 10 as described for 2 Weeks – it works!!

    Last weekend, Microsoft made (unexpected) the update version 1803 (Systembuild 17134.1345) -> now, the Printer doesn´t work anymore!!

    The described method to install cannot be used.

    What can I do?

    Thanks for your help

    Winfried

    • I’m sorry to say but only 32bit drivers are available for this printer. Installing it on 64bit is not possible as of now.

  7. Hello Admin, I have Hp LaserJet 1000, I saw you suggested to use alternate driver for this i.e. 3015. While installing driver 3015, it asked me to select printer name but there is no option for Hp1000 so I have selected Hp 3015. Then it installed and now showing Hp 3015 in device manager. But still it is not sending any command to the printer.

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