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W8 and HP832C printer

This old plain jane printer is actually installed and working properly according to Device Mgr....it's listed correctly in the Printers list under "This PC/Control Panel" items. The only place it doesn't show up is when I actually want to print a document or webpage item selection....it's not in the printer window to choose as an option like my Lexmark is. I don't use one printer exclusively and like to bounce back and forth between the two in order to not have the ink dry out in either.....and I have lots of ink cartridges for the HP 832C that need to be used up before dumping this vintage machine. How do I get Windows to list it as another option when I need to print something?

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Clarification Request
Devices and Printers

I have not moved to Win 8 yet so cannot tell you how to get to Devices and Printers, but it is in the CP and also listed in the old style Start Menu as a shortcut to Devices and Printers.

Have you " Add(ed)" the printer there yet?

Mark

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I've got it fixed

I have an external USB device that allows for many more USB connections than what comes with this new computer....I unplugged the printer from one of the ports to another and it popped up in the list of printer selections. I might not have had it plugged in securely the first time around.

You now have raised a new question for me......you mention the 'classic' start menu....is that available as an option with W8 like it was in XP to switch away from the Luna desktop? If so that would be great....

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Well

Lots of folks are installing Classic Shell or Classic Start to get that classic feel.

I tried it but found I don't need it to navigate, I got rid of it.

When I boot up the computer ,The Metro screen is up.

I just click on Desktop and there's my normal desktop,

On the thing that used to be the Start Button, I right click on that and can pull up anything I need.

If I'm going to learn a new system I might as learn it .

Digger

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Glad you sorted it.

I tend to agree with digger.

I've heard that installing the Classic Shell does give you back the Start Menu, but it is a one way step as there is no easy flip-back to the Metro style.

But there may be good news on the way in 2015 if you can wait that long. Microsoft are said to be including/returning the Start Menu and button to Win 8 with their "Threshold" Win 8 update, (win 8.2), in 2015.

More about that here; http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/windows/3493291/windows-8-start-menu-return-with-threshold/

Mark

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Not exactly true Mark

when you have Classic Shell or Classic Start, it's still easy to flip flop between either mode.

Digger

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OK

Seems they improved it then from early versions, or maybe I got it wrong anyway, Happy

Mark

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Isn't it the Windows keyin W8 to go back to Metro?

That would be easy enough.

Kees

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sure does Kees

I don't see what all of the complaints are about.

I'm finding Win 8 easy to navigate. Maybe it's because of all of the Linux distro hopping ,

In a way Win 8 reminds me of the early Ubuntu gui.

Digger

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