How to add a network printer in Windows 8 and set it as default printer

If you want to be able to print documents from various computers on your network, you could add a network printer. This is still possible on Windows 8, read this guide to get started.

Adding A Network Printer

1. Step Open the real Desktop, click on the Windows Explorer icon. (the Start button will be gone in Windows 8 Consumer Preview and higher)

Click on windows explorer Icon

2. Step Open the Control Panel by typing Control Panel in the search bar.

Type Control Panel in the search bar

3. StepClick on Home group and sharing options.


4. Step Click Change Advanced sharing settings. You would be prompted with a list of options to choose from. Now, select Turn on network discovery and check Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices. In the File and printer sharing tab, select Turn on file and printer sharing and click Save changes. This step is VERY VERY important to add a network printer or else the printer might not install.

Click Advanced Sharing Settings

5. Step After you have saved the changes, click Control Panel on the top. Switch to show more icons by clicking Small icons on the View by options. Click Hardware and Sound.

hardware and sound options

6. Step On the top, click Advanced Printer Setup.

Click Advanced Printer Settings

7. Step A new pop up window would guide you for the installation. Select Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings and click Next.

Add Printer Options

8. Step You can either opt to install the driver from the list of manufacturers and drivers shown or click the Have Disk option.

Select the Printer from the List or Click Have Disk and Click Next

9. Step You would now be given the option to name your printer. Just type the printer name in Type a Printer Name tab.

Select the Printer from the List or Click Have Disk and Click Next

10. Step Windows should take some time to install your new driver. When installation gets completed, you would be prompted to share the printer. Select Share this printer so that others on your network can find and use it and click Next.

Select share this printer

11. You should be notified that you have successfully added the printer. It is up to you if you want to set it as your default printer and click Finish

You have successfully installed the printer

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