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Connecting (HP) Printer To NAS Drive And Setting It As Your Default Network Printer on Windows 8

Set Newly Added Printer As Your Default Printer_ll Printing from a network printer can be very easy, for example you can connect it to a previously installed NAS drive and then set it your network printer as your default printer

Adding A Network Printer Connected To A NAS Drive

1. Step Open the regular Control Panel – hold Windows key + R at the same time and enter control:

Enter Control Into Run And Hit Enter

2. Step Click on View devices and printers (blue link)

View Devices And Printers On Windows8.png

3. Step At the top click the button Add a printer

Add A Printer Button.png

4. Step Windows 8 will now search for network printers – yes, it will include all printers connected to network drives under the condition that you have correctly added your NAS drive

Printers Found On Network Are Listed.png

5. Step Unfortunately, Windows 7 and 8 are not very smart when it comes to assigning drivers. Often it will not be able to find the correct driver for your  network printer and you have to select it manually from a pre-defined list of printers.

No Driver Found.png

6. Step For example, in this case I am adding a HP LasetJet 200 color MFP – I looked up the model type in the printer manual, but you can also find it on the back of your printer (sometimes button, be careful when lifting it!)

Adding Hp Laserjet Drivers Via Printer Wizard.png

7. Step If everything went smoothly you will see this after confirming your selection with OK. However, sometimes you have to head over to hp.com or your printer manufacturer website and download a more appropriate driver and then select the button “Have Disk..” (see above)

Successfully Added Hp Laserjet Printer.png

8. Step Finally, you can select the printer connected to your network drive and start printing and using all those fancy HP online tools

Hp Printer Connected To Nas Drive

Set As Default Printer

1. Step Repeat step 1-2 from above

2. Step Right-click the newly added printer and click Set as default printer

Set Newly Added Printer As Your Default Printer

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Published: Monday, March 25th, 2013 Last Modified: March 25, 2013

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