My mother's old beloved printer is not supported in Windows 8 so it no longer works. Now what to do?

(using Linux, OSX or any other OS is not an option - buying a new printer is the last)

I was thinking that I might could connect the printer to a router for wireless printing, but then I discovered that the driver still has to be install on the PC.

UPDATE The printer is OKI 3450 and the vendor has an official document where it is stated that it is not supported. I would however like the solution to the problem to be general and not specific for any product...

UPDATE She gave up.. got a new printer...

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    Which printer is it? Many "not supported" printrs can in fact be used quite easily. – Eugen Rieck Mar 1 '15 at 21:22
  • For Automated Installation: Normally printers with LCD control panels lets you configure the wireless connection directly from them. The printer will detect networks within range then you can select your network and enter the password, and you're good to go. For Manual installation, your printer's installation software will take care of the IP address and firewall settings. However, if you have to install a printer manually, its sure a pretty long process. – vembutech Mar 2 '15 at 20:23
  • @EugenRieck The printer is OKI 3450 – Norfeldt Mar 4 '15 at 18:46
  • @vembutech thank you but this printer dont have a fancy LCD. It makes nice prints though – Norfeldt Mar 4 '15 at 18:47
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the OP has stated that there is no longer a problem to solve (and solutions cannot be tested). – fixer1234 Aug 6 '15 at 0:56

Attempt to install the driver in compatibility mode. Right click on the setup file and go to the compatibility tab. You can then select to install it in Windows 7 or XP mode. This doesn't always work, but it's worth a shot.

This may be a stupid question, but have you checked the printer manufacturer's website for a current Windows 8 driver?

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  • I did check the website and it was there I found that it is not supported. I tried to install it anyway (of course) and were confirmed that it didn't work. – Norfeldt Mar 4 '15 at 18:49
  • Did you attempt to install in compatibility mode? – Cosco Tech Mar 4 '15 at 23:38

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