If you are having trouble getting your printer to work with the new Windows 8, there are several things you can try. As with all new updates, printers and Windows 8 may have some compatibility issues. You can try to resolve these problems with the following steps.
Before you get too technical with the job, I would recommend that you look at your connections first. Every expert will tell you to make sure the cords are secure and everything is turned on correctly. If this is not an issue, then I would say you may have a driver problem.
Many older printers and Windows 8 are not compatible at first. This is because the printer uses a driver that does not recognize the new operating system. A driver is literally what drives your printer to work with your computer. It recognizes the commands from Windows to do its job. You may have to look for updates before your printer will work.
Look for an update on the printer manufacturer’s website. Even if your printer is an older version, the manufacturer may have an update for your printer and Windows 8. You will need the model number of your printer, visible on the front.
You can also look at the website of the manufacturer of your computer for drivers with different devices, including your printer. You’ll need your PC’s model number for this, usually found on the back or underneath. Finally, Driver Reviver will update your old, non-working printer driver to the latest possible version, which can often enable Windows 8 compatibility.
Another issue I have found with printers and Windows 8 is that even with the right driver, the driver refuses to install. To get it to work, you may need to convince it that it is working with Windows 7. To do this, you will need to work in Compatibility Mode.
You may have more than one computer and need to network them together. If your printer is already connected to the older machine, you will just need to network it to the new Windows 8 PC. To do this, go to Control Panel on your Windows 8 machine to create a HomeGroup.
If you continue to have trouble with your printer after you have installed the most recent driver and run it in Compatibility Mode, you may need further assistance from Windows support.
Steve Horton has been working with computers for over 20 years. He's dedicated to helping people get the most out of their PCs, and likes playing cards and writing comics.
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