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  • Windows 8.1 is a mess.  It was released with so many issues it's not even funny.  I hope the upcoming update fixes some of these issues. The message boards are filled with people having problems connecting with other network pcs and printers. First they work and then they don't. It's crazy. I bought a new Dell laptop running windows 8. I seemed to have no problem connecting with the other pcs on the network, one a windows 7 laptop,(also wireless connection) and an older desktop running xp with an hp deskjet 5550 printer hard-wired into it. Both laptops could print wireless. Then I upgraded the Dell laptop to windows 8.1. Guess what...can't print. Can see files on the xp machine, can't access printer, although troubleshoot finds nothing wrong. Then can't find drivers. Finally after a week of trying everything every geek this side of the Big Apple PC, suddenly it works, I can print. Don't know what fixed it. I printed for a week, then guess what...I can't print again. Can't find a driver. The printer is "In an error state" windows 8.1 tells me. I want to throw my laptop out the window, then I am reminded it's a Microsoft issue not the laptop's fault.  Doesn't really make me feel any better.  How about a fix, Microsoft????!! Please don't fail us now. Fix this problem you've created. Or I'm afraid we may have to start looking at other fruits to bare our burdens.  

    • Moved by Mike Kinsman Friday, February 7, 2014 10:01 PM off topic
    Friday, February 7, 2014 7:45 PM


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  • Hi,

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    • Proposed as answer by Just Karl Saturday, February 8, 2014 4:19 PM
    • Marked as answer by Just Karl Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:38 PM
    Friday, February 7, 2014 7:47 PM
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    Friday, February 7, 2014 10:00 PM