Is It Hard to Install a Wireless Printer on a Computer Running Windows 8?


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It is relatively easy to install a wireless printer on a computer that runs Windows 8. The operating system provides the user with multiple tools to perform the installation. Before you install the printer on Windows 8, make sure it's connected to the same network as the computer.

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Windows may automatically detect the printer and list it under the home network. To find out if it does, open Windows Explorer, and check if the printer is available under Network in the list to the left.

If Windows hasn't detected the printer, open the Charms bar by swiping the cursor to the middle of the right edge of the screen from the top right corner. Click PC Settings, and then open PC and Devices. Open Devices, click Add a Device, and select the printer from the list.

Another method is to directly connect to the IP address your network allocated to the printer. To do so, you must first find out the IP address of the printer. Press R while holding down the Windows key, type "cmd," and hit Enter. Type "ipconfig" into the command prompt, hit Enter, and write down the IP address of the printer. Open the Control Panel, click Hardware and Sound, click Devices and Printers, and then click Add a Printer. Type in the IP address of the printer.

If the computer cannot detect the printer, it's possible that the network cannot connect to the printer. Move it to a different location to see if it works elsewhere. If the printer must stay in a dead zone in a large environment, such as an office, consider purchasing wireless repeaters.

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