How to add a network printer in Windows 8

Written by: Oliver Krautscheid - Published: Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 - Comments

If you want to add a network printer in Windows 8 to print some test code, follow this quick guide. Make sure you actually enable file and printer sharing first!

how to add network printer in Windows 8


IMPORTANT: Before you actually follow this tutorial – have you enabled Windows 8 File and Printer Sharing? If not, this is not going to work.

Enter Printer Sharing into search box and make sure you enable it. The path to the settings is Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced sharing settings


Adding Network Printer

1. Open the classic Control Panel (open the Metro Control Panel and scroll to bottom, then click on More settings) and go to Hardware and Sound

2. Then click on Advanced printer setup as seen below

advanced printer setup for network printers

3. Select the option “Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings” (if this does not work, click on the big Browse button)

add a local printer or network printer

4. Now select the driver for your network printer (you need to know the exact model)

install windows 8 printer driver

5. Windows 8 should now install the network printer

windows 8 install network printer

6. And then list the new network printer properly:

added network printers

WAIT, My Network Printer Does Not Show Up Or Install Correctly

1. Go back to step 3 and Select a shared printer by name – click on the Browse button

add a local printer or network printer

2. Now you only need to find the shared browser on your network. Obviously, you have to first share your printer before you can see it on the network. Makes sense right? If you haven’t shared any printers yet, it’s obvious why you can’t find a printer.


IF this doesn’t work enter the name of your PC that the printer is connected to and add a slash to add the printername –  like this:


  • Replace sOliver with the username of the computer
  • Check the printer name



If you’re still having problems installing the network printer in Windows 8, you can ask questions below



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9 Responses

  1. eri said:

    i want to access printer sharing on windows 7. the printer connected on windows 7 computer and i’m using windows 8 to access the printer. can i use this way…?

  2. Claren said:

    I’ve done these steps. And when the printer is installing it keeps failing. My printer used to always be connected until I upgraded to Windows 8. I really need help.

  3. eddyq said:

    With the latest W8 these procedures do not work. To begin with, “Printer Sharing” does not bring up anything in the Search box and there is no “Control Panel\Network and Internet\”. There is however a “Control Panel\Network and Sharing Center” but under that there is no “Advanced sharing settings”. There is a “Change advanced sharing settings” but that leads nowhere.

    Do I moved on to the next step but the Metro Control Panel does not a “More Settings” and there is no “Hardware and Sound”.

    Were these instructions written from a W8 Beta?

  4. Pam said:

    I had windows xp. Got a new computer now has windows 8. I have a HP Deskjet F4400 series. I have it added and everytime I want to print it says error. What am I missing?

  5. Dan Smith said:

    I’ve had two computers (one using Windos 7, the other Windows XP) sharing two printers through a D-Link print server. I have now replaced the computer using XP with a new computer with Windows 8. I cannot get the new computer to print through the print server. I tried duplicating the settings for a standard TCP/IP port that work on the older computers, but it does not work on the new computer. I’ve tried to try the suggestions on your web page, but it still is not working. So, what do I have to do that id different than what worked on Windows 7 and XP in order to print through the print server?

  6. Steve Jump said:

    I ran into problems getting our new windows 8 all in one computer seeing our wireless printer that is hooked up to a windows 7 laptop. It took a while, but I finally unplugged the ethernet cable that connected the windows 8 computer to the router and connected to the internet through the wireless connection. This allowed the windows 8 computer to see the other two windows 7 laptops and the printer. All is well for now.

  7. William said:

    I have a PC (Windows XP) in my study connected by cable to an HP printer. I have now bought a laptop (Windows 8) which is connected wirelessly to the PC in the study. The printer has been installed on the laptop. I want to print from the laptop via the PC, wirelessly. IN other words, I want to use the printer from the laptop without having to connect the laptop to the printer with a cable. HOw do I do this.

  8. Megan said:

    Almost all of the above examples of people not getting their printing to work over a network would seem to be due to deficiencies in understanding English.

  9. bob said:

    I have a new Lenovo with w/8 and am trying to install my dell photo 924 printer. I even have the driver disc from dell and it won’t load. What is next?

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