How can I print PDFs on my Windows 8 desktop?

Thiri P December 20, 2013
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On my desktop, newly converted to Windows 8, many useful documents get downloaded in PDF format. I can’t find a way to print them. From the responses I get from Win8 Help, I deduce that it cannot yet use “PDF Reader”.

I have tried downloading Reader in compatibility mode, but the installation always fails, and I have been going round and round in circles. “There is another installation going on, and that must be completed first”. But I am not at the moment installing anything else!

The fault doesn’t lie in my laser printer or its connections because I can print emails on my desktop.

Unfortunately my printer is not wireless enabled so I cannot print directly from my iPad2 or my iPad mini
v grateful for advice!

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  1. Thiri PoSaw
    January 3, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Thanks for all the helpful replies!
    I took the simplest one, from Oron J, and downloaded Adobe Reader XI.
    Works fine.

  2. Oron J
    December 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    It may be that you are confusing "PDF Printing" in the sense of creating a PDF and Printing a PDF with a reader application. There should be no problem at all installing and using a reader on Windows 8, and using it to print a PDF as with any other application. I've installed both Adobe Reader and Acrobat on Windows 8 PCs and they run just fine. The web site for Adobe Reader XI system requirements list "Windows 8 or 8.1 (32 bit and 64 bit)" so it should definitely run OK. Foxit Reader 6 should also be compatible with Windows 8 although I haven't actually tried this combination.

    As for creating a PDF, see the first link in Hovsep's comment.

  3. Hovsep A
    December 20, 2013 at 10:08 am

    How To Print To PDF From Windows 8 Desktop & Modern Apps
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-print-to-pdf-from-windows-8-desktop-modern-apps/

    there is a PDF reader that is included in Windows 8. you can print from there
    http://www.howtogeek.com/164930/how-to-print-pdf-files-and-email-in-windows-8/

    PDF2Printer for Windows 8 (Print PDF to Printer)
    http://www.win8pdf.com/pdf-to-printer.html

  4. Alan W
    December 20, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I am using PDF-XChange viewer and you have the print icon on the toolbar.

    http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-viewer

    The free version that can be downloaded here: http://download.cnet.com/PDF-XChange-Viewer/3000-10743_4-10598377.html