Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 in January 2020, so it's time to upgrade to Windows 10. But will your printer work with Windows 10? We answer your questions
The good news is that pretty much any printer purchased within the last four to five years – or any printer that you’ve successfully used with Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 – should be compatible with Windows 10.
If you want to double-check then you’ll also find that printer manufacturers list Windows 10 compatible printers on their websites.
Windows 10 should find the right driver automatically, but teething problems are quite common after upgrading a PC to Windows 10, and you may find you need to update with new printer drivers to ensure that your printer works with the new OS.
To help, we’ve also created a list of all the the Windows 10 compatible printers we’ve tested.
Upgraded to Windows 10 and your printer doesn’t work?
If you’ve already upgraded to Windows 10 and discovered your printer doesn’t work, you have three options.
Firstly, try updating your printer drivers to make sure they are compatible with Windows 10. See our guide on how to update your printer drivers.
Alternatively, you could consider rolling back to Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 within 30 days of performing the Windows 10 upgrade. Only do this if you are content to give up on Windows 10 altogether.
Finally, if you’re set on sticking with Windows 10, you may need to replace your printer – all the latest models are Windows 10 compatible, and with Best Buy printers starting from around £30, you don’t have to spend a fortune.
Are old printers compatible with Windows 10?
This rather depends on the printer you're using and how old it is. Canon has told us it planned to support all Pixma printers launched since 2011.
All HP printers currently on sale will be supported according to HP – the company also told us that models sold from 2004 onwards will work with Windows 10.
Brother has said that all of its printers will work with Windows 10, using either a print driver built into Windows 10, or a Brother printer driver. It claims even 10 year-old models will print using the Windows 10 driver, but you may be limited to only basic printing options like changing page orientation, the number of copies or double-sided printing. A Brother driver should provide more options.
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It’s a similar situation with Samsung. Printers released after June 2013 should be compatible straight away and for other printers you can use either a Windows 8.x driver or Samsung Universal Printer Driver to keep printing after the upgrade.
Epson printers launched in the last 10 years are Windows 10 compatible, according to Epson. Like Brother, it says you should be able to use the built-in Windows 10 drivers to keep printing with an older model, but with only basic printing options.