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To install USB Printer either directly or SHARED

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,374
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    To install USB Printer either directly or SHARED

    Hi there
    When you first attach a USB Printer to W8 it will often install as a "USB Printer" but you won't be able to set it as default or use it as such.

    You need to actually Manually install your USB printer in most cases.

    Go via Control panel ==>devices and Printers ===> Advanced Printer setup

    If your printer isn't specifically listed (or even if it is)

    click the Next button
    Then check add local or network printer with manual settings.

    If you've connected the printer you should be able to use an existing port --- it will start with USBxxxx use that one

    Now select Windows update to get the list of printers --- could take 5 or 10 mins to get the list

    Choose your make and model -- install driver and check Set as Default printer

    Your printer should now be fully working

    If you want to access a SHARED printer on another machine -- then still add LOCAL printer
    Choose create NEW PORT

    add the address of the shared printer e.g \\stoopidxpmachine\printer1 or an IP address \\\printer1

    select again Windows update to get the list and drivers - install -- and you should be fine.


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2

    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player

    Thanks Jimbo,

    I was having trouble getting my printer to work (don't often use it) and found your post.

    It seems to have fixed the problem for me.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

To install USB Printer either directly or SHARED

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