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windows 8.1 cannot install printer (use sharing method)

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    win 8.1 pro x64

    windows 8.1 cannot install printer (use sharing method)


    hello guy i a new guy here

    i want to ask if anybody know how to install printer on friend pc using win 8.1 pro 64bit but he use share printer on win 7 ultimate 32bit the problem i encounter is when i try to install the printer 64 bit pc say there are no driver to install

    what can i do can somebody help me

    thanks

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    First off, are there 64-bit drivers for Windows 8.1 for this printer? If not, that's essentially game over for your whole idea. You may need to check the printer manufacturer's website for an updated driver. Then assuming that the printer is physically connected to the Win 7 machine and the idea is to try and share it over a LAN, the most effective means I've found for doing this is to first make sure the printer is shared on the host machine. Then from the client computer, go to the main network share listing of the host computer -- where you see all the shared folders and printers. Right click on the printer and select the "Install" option. From there you'll need to manually point Windows to where you extracted the 8.1 driver files for the printer. Windows will do its thing and then you can print using a shared printer.

    However, the major drawback to this method is that both the printer and Windows 7 computer will need to be turned on for the 8.1 computer to print. You're probably better off getting either a print server or a printer that can directly connect to a LAN. Which has the added benefit of decoupling the printer from the computer, so you can put the printer more or less anywhere you want, as long as there's a means for it to connect to the LAN.
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    Install the driver. Each computer needs the drivers installed, even if the printer is being hosted on another machine and then shared. That said, the better solution is to connect the printer to the "network" via Ethernet or wireless using the printer's own networking capability, using a print server device, or using a router with print server capabilities built in.

    With the printer networked, no sharing needs to be enabled - and that is MUCH better for security. Also, no "host" computer needs to be booted up and running for others to print, and the printer can be physically located in a central place and not take up space on your desk.
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    Posts : 9
    win 8.1 pro x64


    thanks asvent ok so you mean is that i should have a 64 bit driver for the printer ok ill try to search the 64 bit printer driver then ill post back what happen but what version of driver for
    1)win 7 pc that connect to the printer
    2)the printer that use sharing with computer using win 8.1

    which one should i choose or both of them

    anyway thanks
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    Posts : 9
    win 8.1 pro x64


    and for itaregid do you have a solution for print server what the requirement for doing that and can you show a step by step on how to do it also my question is there a problem for the printer if i got multiple version of windows like 7 , 8.1 , 8 and xp in my network

    any way thanks
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    Posts : 9
    win 8.1 pro x64


    and guys later ill try to give a screen shot on my friend using win8.1 so maybe you guys can get a clear shot of what my problem is
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    and for itaregid do you have a solution for print server what the requirement for doing that
    We need to know where we are starting from first - so what is the brand and model number of the printer and brand and model of your router (assuming you have a router).

    As far as procedures, it really could not be easier with W8.1. Once the printer is connected to your network, you tell W8.x to "Add a printer" and it automatically searches your computer and your network and lists all printers found - including the networked printer. You select that, and Windows does the rest. This assumes W8 knows your printer, and it knows many.

    W7 is not as easy, but not hard either. As for XP, you need to get rid of XP, or at least isolate it from the Internet. It is not safe and you risk infecting your other systems by keeping XP computers on your network and with Internet access.
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    win 8.1 pro x64


    ok guys here the screenshot i got from my friend pc win 8.1 x64

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    this is the available network and their printer device

    thanks
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  9. #9


    Posts : 9
    win 8.1 pro x64


    ok itaregid my friend printer model are hp laserjet p3015 it used on windows 7 ultimate 32 bit

    and for the router he just used a simple router tp link
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    I don't see any checkmark on a device showing it has been set as the default printer. So try right-clicking on the printer and checking Set as default printer and see what happens.
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