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Sep 18, 2012

Connecting to a Printer on Windows 8

Like all other fans, you might have got an upgrade to Windows 8 to explore the features and utilities. Other than the Metro-style features, Windows 8 offers the same set of regular yet improved features for daily computer needs. Printing is indeed one of them. To start printing, you will have to install your printer software on your Windows 8 computer. Check the below mentioned tips and learn how you can connect and use a printer in Windows 8: (Check our Tweets here https://twitter.com/MuskySuman or https://twitter.com/vtechsquad/followers)
Step1: Turn on your Windows 8 computer. Wait for it to load up fully. Hover your mouse around and click the Charm bar> click Search. Type ‘compatibility’ in the Search field and hit Enter. Click Settings in the right hand-side column> click Run programs made for previous versions of Windows.
Step2: Follow rest of the on-screen prompts and complete the driver installation for your printer. When prompted, connect the printer to your computer using the USB cable or using a wireless connection. This should generally work for an already installed printer on your computer. (See Also Windows 8 features here)
Step3: If you haven’t installed or added your printer, click Desktop in the extreme bottom left hand corner. It will load the familiar Desktop screen. Look for Computer, right-click it and select Manage. This will launch the Computer Management window.
Step4: Click Device Manager in the left hand panel. Click on the name of your PC in the right hand panel at the top and then click Add legacy hardware. On the Add Hardware dialog box, select the button next to Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced) and hit the Next button.
Step5: In the list of hardware devices, click Printers, and then hit the Next button. Select the Use an existing port button and hit Next. If you have the disk, click Have Disk and hit the Next button on the Install the printer driver window. You must enter the disk when prompted. If you don’t have a disk, select your printer from the list and hit the Next button. (See Also Differences between Windows 8 and Windows 7)
Step6: When prompted to share your printer, select Do not share this printer. Hit Next or OK button. Click the Print a test page button to print a test page. Click Finish to exit the Add Printer wizard. In case the testing fails, go back to the printer settings and correct them. When done, exit the window. Remove the disk if it was there in your computer’s drive and reboot your computer. Your printer is now ready for use.
Step7: You can set up a wireless printer as well following the same above mentioned procedure. If you ever face a printer setup or different problem, contact Windows 8 support.

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