HP Officejet Pro 8600 software / printer on Windows 8

We just bought a new printer - HP Officejet Pro 8600.  We have 2 computers I want it to connect to eventually.  1 is a cable in the office (Asus) with Windows 8 & the 2nd. is a laptop (HP) with Windows 7 (two new computers within the past year).  I tried to boot with the Windows 8 a.  It seems I have to buy an 'ethernet' cable to start with - it says to plug into the wall - this does mean in our router?  The printer has all the details how to take the packing off the printer tape but the minimum for 2 types of cables.  2 problem is the software is not compatible with Windows 8.  I guess it's doable, but can someone tell me details on how to go about it.  I've seen some of this forum for Windows 8? RT the instructions would be the same?  On this computer, I'm stuck without 'ethernet' cable (comes with a USB cable - what is - this for?) & the fact that Windows 8 do not accept software.  It seems that if I go not for a good start but probably assume that everything is possible at some point?

Our old printer is a cannon that has the "almost complete used ink absorber.  I plan on using that one with the laptop until it is completely 'dead' then would also like to work with our new 8600 printer.  I thought that it would probably be best not to hang it up until I have the old party?  What is the best idea or not?

I'm not too computer 'savay' but my understanding is I would need to have a "cable in" via an ethernet cable and the other would be "wireless".  It gave me the idea that the printer can be anywhere in our House, but assumed it would be partly true since the ethernet cable should be near our router?  Is this a correct assumption?

Any help appreciated.  Thank you.

Hi SueSSue,

If the printer is connected Ethernet you will not have to worry about getting a weak signal and possible connectivity issues, but with wireless, you are not bound to the office with the laptop. The option should be good in your case. If the printer is already at work, you can leave it connected to the way you have it. Let me know if you need help.

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