I have a home network with 3 windows 7 workstations (1 desktop, 2 laptops)and 1 windows 8.1 workstation (laptop). I have a Dell B1160 USB printer connected to one windows 7 workstation (desktop) and it is shared. I can add that printer to the other 2 windows 7 computers however when I add it to the windows 8.1 computer it shows as installed but when I try to print it says the printer is "in an error state" and the print job stays in the print queue. I have downloaded the installation files and drivers for 8.1 from the Dell site but that does not solve the problem. I can connect the printer directly to the 8.1 and it works ok.
I have tried installing the printer creating the port, adding the UNC path and letting windows choose the printer but all result in the same error state.
Thank you for your replies.