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Home network printing problem from Windows 8

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    Oh, and Chev65 is correct. Disconnect the printer in question, connect it to the Windows 8 computer, install the drivers and make a successful print from the windows 8 computer. Once that is done, connect the printer back to the XP computer or wherever you have it installed, and then share the printer.

    From the Windows 8 computer, now all you have to do is to add a new port pointing to the shared name of the printer on the xp computer. It would look something like this:

    \\xpcomputername\printersharedname

    Then your Windows 8 computer will print to it all day long...provided of course the Windows XP computer is up and running. Hope this helps.

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by play2mefish View Post
    you'll get better answers here...
    So far no reply from HP!
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  3. #13


    I have that very same printer, under the very same circumstances. My wife's Windows 7 laptop has it. My regular laptop has Windows 8.1 64BBit I often reinstall from scratch. I have marked my wife's printer as shared. All I need to do is enter the devices and printers window, and "Add a printer". The lan finds the printer (and one other my wife uses) and automatically goes on the web and finds the correct drivers. It then offers to print a test page - done.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by play2mefish View Post
    Oh, and Chev65 is correct. Disconnect the printer in question, connect it to the Windows 8 computer, install the drivers and make a successful print from the windows 8 computer. Once that is done, connect the printer back to the XP computer or wherever you have it installed, and then share the printer.

    From the Windows 8 computer, now all you have to do is to add a new port pointing to the shared name of the printer on the xp computer. It would look something like this:

    \\xpcomputername\printersharedname

    Then your Windows 8 computer will print to it all day long...provided of course the Windows XP computer is up and running. Hope this helps.
    Thanks, I will try it!
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  5. #15


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    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    I have that very same printer, under the very same circumstances. My wife's Windows 7 laptop has it. My regular laptop has Windows 8.1 64BBit I often reinstall from scratch. I have marked my wife's printer as shared. All I need to do is enter the devices and printers window, and "Add a printer". The lan finds the printer (and one other my wife uses) and automatically goes on the web and finds the correct drivers. It then offers to print a test page - done.
    You're lucky then, I'm not :-)
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  6. #16


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    Hallelujah! It finally works!

    And this is what I did and what I should have done:

    When I first installed the printer, I let Windows select the driver, WHICH WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO (I guess Windows uses some native driver embedded in Win8 installation kit).

    However, in the installation process I didn't tell Windows to create a local port for the printer, WHICH WAS MY FIRST MISTAKE.

    Then, when I couldn't print, I downloaded and installed a Win8 driver from HP site, which completely RUINED the driver (MY SECOND MISTAKE).

    Only later I got the tip to specify a local port for the printer, which was a good advice, but since the driver was defective, I still couldn't print.

    Finally, I reached the understanding that I need first to completely remove the defective driver. So I used the same HP printer installation program (from HP site) to totally REMOVE all HP components from my computer, then re-installed the printer, this time specifying a local port, let Windows select the driver, and voila - everything's OK.

    To sum up, the actual steps were as follows:

    Add Printer: Windows 'searches for available printers' and finds the networked printer. Ignore this misleading attempt, and click the big letters below "The printer that I want isn't listed".

    Add a local printer.

    Create a new port - select 'Local Port'.

    Enter port name, something like: \\PCnetworkname\printername.

    Select printer driver - I used the suggested HP driver, otherwise click 'Have Disk...', navigate to
    your downloaded driver and select the .INF file.

    More detailed instructions:
    Windows 8: Cannot Connect to Printer - Brian Hitney - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    windows 8 print to networked 5150 - HP Support Forum - 3090437
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  7. #17


    Posts : 12
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    Thank you all for your contribution and help!
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