Install a scanner

There are two ways to install a scanner in this version of Windows. The method you choose depends on whether you want to connect the scanner directly to your computer (called a local scanner), or use a scanner that's shared on a network.

Installing a local scanner

Most scanners sold today connect to your computer with a universal serial bus (USB) cable. But don't plug it in yet! Some scanners require you to install driver software before connecting the USB cable, so always follow the setup instructions that came with your device.

If your USB scanner didn't come with specific setup instructions, plug it in to your computer and Windows should automatically install it. If it's an older model, you might have to install it manually. For instructions, see Working with the Scanner and Camera Installation wizard.

Installing a network scanner

Network scanners are typically found in the workplace. Before you begin, it's helpful to know the scanner model and manufacturer name.

  1. Open Network by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type network, and then, under Network and Sharing Center, click View network computers and devices.

  2. Locate the scanner, right-click it, and then click Install.

  3. Follow the instructions to finish adding the scanner.


  • This procedure works only with network scanners that support the Microsoft Scan Service (WS-Scan) protocol. For more information, check the information that came with the device or contact your system administrator for help.