Manual to Install Brother Built-in Drivers (For Windows 8 or Later Systems)

By Camilla Mo in Technical Tips

Some Brother machines have built-in drivers which support the basic functions. The related models are listed at the bottom of the page. Check the list. If your find your machine model, you don’t have to download drivers online. If your PC is running Windows 8 or later systems, follow steps here to install the built-in drivers.


The steps to install built-in drivers depend on how you connect your printer to your PC. There are two connection ways: via USB or via Network Connection. But to use network connection, your Brother machine must support this feature.


Please note that you are required to have internet access to install built-in drivers.


Via USB:


If your printer are connected to PC via USB, the built-in driver can be installed automatically. What you need to do is use a USB cable to connect the printer to your PC, then the driver will be installed automatically.

If the built-in drivers can be installed via USB, it supports printing function and scanning function (Scanning is available for Brother machine with scanning functions.)


Via Network Connections:


Follow steps below to install the driver.


1. Open the Control Panel.

2. Click Hardware and Sound => Devices and Printers.




3. Click Advanced printer setup.




4. Select the model name and click Next.

If the model name is not listed, follow steps below.

1). Click The printer that I want isn’t listed. Then Next.




2). Select Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname. Then Next.




3). In Hostname or IP address field, type the IP address of the Brother machine. Check the Query the printer and automatically select the driver to use option. Then Next.




5. In the pop-up window, Choose Brother from the Manufacturer list. Then select the model name from the Printers list and click Next.

If you cannot find your Brother machine on the Printers list, click Windows Update to update the Printers list. It may take a few minutes to update the Printers list.

6. Click Next buttons then finally Finish button.  


The built-in driver supports basic functions. If you want to intall drivers with more features, you can use Driver Easy to help you. After you connect your Brother machine to the PC, use Driver Easy to scan your computer. Then it will find the correct driver for the machine. You just need to click Download button then Install button to install the driver.


Following are related models that have built-in drivers. Press Ctrl+F (Ctrl key and F key) at the same time. Type your machine model to see if it can be found here.


ADS-1000W, DCP-1000, DCP-110C, DCP-120C, DCP-375CW, DCP-395CN, DCP-585CW, DCP-7020, DCP-8020, DCP-8025D, DCP-8040, DCP-8045D, DCP-8060, DCP-8065DN, DCP-8080DN, DCP-8085DN, DCP-9040CN, DCP-9045CDN, DS-820W, DS-920DW, FAX-1920CN, FAX-1940CN, FAX-4750e, FAX-5750e, HL-1230, HL-1240, HL-1250, HL-1270N, HL-1435, HL-1440, HL-1450, HL-1470N, HL-1650, HL-1670N, HL-1850, HL-1870N, HL-2040, HL-2070N, HL-2170W, HL-2270DW, HL-2275DW, HL-2460, HL-2600CN, HL-2700CN, HL-3040CN, HL-3045CN, HL-3070CW, HL-3075CW, HL-3140CW, HL-3170CDW, HL-3450CN, HL-4000CN, HL-4040CDN, HL-4040CN, HL-4070CDW, HL-4150CDN, HL-4200CN, HL-4570CDW, HL-4570CDWT, HL-5030, HL-5040, HL-5050, HL-5070N, HL-5140, HL-5150D, HL-5170DN, HL-5240, HL-5250DN, HL-5280DW, HL-5350DN, HL-5370DW/HL-5370DWT, HL-5450DN, HL-5470DW, HL-5470DWT, HL-6050D, HL-6050DN, HL-6180DW, HL-6180DWT, HL-7050, HL-7050N, HL-8050N, HL-L2305W, HL-L2340DW, HL-L2360DW, HL-L8250CDN, HL-L8350CDW, HL-L8350CDWT, HL-S7000DN, MFC-210C, MFC-255CW, MFC-295CN, MFC-3220C, MFC-3240C, MFC-3320CN, MFC-3340CN, MFC-3420C, MFC-3820CN, MFC-420CN, MFC-440CN, MFC-4420C, MFC-465CN, MFC-4800, MFC-4820C, MFC-490CW, MFC-495CW, MFC-5200C, MFC-5440CN, MFC-5460CN, MFC-5490CN, MFC-5840CN, MFC-5860CN, MFC-5890CN, MFC-5895CW, MFC-620CN, MFC-640CW, MFC-6490CW, MFC-665CW, MFC-6800, MFC-685CW, MFC-6890CDW, MFC-7220, MFC-7225N, MFC-7345N, MFC-7420, MFC-7440N, MFC-7820N, MFC-7840W, MFC-790CW, MFC-795CW, MFC-820CW, MFC-8220, MFC-8420, MFC-8440, MFC-845CW, MFC-8460N, MFC-8480DN, MFC-8640D, MFC-8660DN, MFC-8670DN, MFC-8680DN, MFC-8690DW, MFC-8820D, MFC-8820DN, MFC-8840D, MFC-8840DN, MFC-885CW, MFC-8860DN, MFC-8870DW, MFC-8890DW, MFC-9010CN, MFC-9120CN, MFC-9125CN, MFC-9320CW, MFC-9325CW, MFC-9420CN, MFC-9440CN, MFC-9450CDN, MFC-9460CDN, MFC-9560CDW, MFC-9700, MFC-9800, MFC-9840CDW, MFC-990CW, MFC-9970CDW, MFC-J265W, MFC-J270W, MFC-J410W, MFC-J415W, MFC-J615W, MFC-J630W, MFC-L2705DW

  • Jay W

    I used to use my Brother printer (MFC8850) on a Windows Vista machine. All was good. Now I upgraded to a new Windows 10 machine. The printer will not duplex print on the long side, only on the short side regardless of downloading new drivers etc. When I tried to print the same publication from a Windows 8 machine the same thing happened. I have an old portable computer using Windows XP. That operating system would allow me to print duplex (print on both sides with the text oriented the same way, this being a long side duplex) without any problems. Also the Windows XP machine prints the documents much much much faster. The Windows 10 machine was capable of printing about two pages a minute versus about 20 pages a minute for the Windows XP machine. the printer says it will print 32 pages a minute. Something is wrong with this scenario.

    I also have an old Lexmark color laser printer and Windows 8 or 10 allows you print duplex on the long side. I have a 12 year old HP black and white laser with duplex capability and it prints just fine with Windows 8 or 10.

    Brother needs to address this problem. I have only had the Brother printer for 2 years and I do not want to have to replace it this quickly.

  • Keith

    There are NO “Built-in” drivers for the HL-2040 Laser in Windows 10 64-bit. Only ones listed are a Brother Laser Class1 and Class2

  • Jake Schur

    This is day 2 trying to install the driver on my Windows 10 to make it compatible with my Brother printer. Five minutes on your site and the problem was solved.
    Much thanks

    • Serge T

      Hello i am triing also since 2 days via USB, till now no succes. please can u help