Try the Vista drivers in the Vista SP2 Compatibility mode?
First run Delete Print Jobs to remove any stuck print job in the queue.
Disconnect the printer.
Download and run the patch(printer cleanup utility) until it prompts you to restart your computer.
Restart your computer. Make sure the printer is removed. Manual Printer Driver Removal
Download the Vista 32-bit drivers for Windows 8 32-bit or the Vista 64-bit drivers for Windows 8 64-bit. Install the Vista drivers in the Vista Compatibility mode You'll get a message, the printer is not connected. Connect the printer at this time(powered on).
Links to the patch/drivers can be found at...
Remember virus programs and firewalls will block communications. If you did not install a virus program, then Windows Defender is the default virus program and here are the similar instructions. Allow Printer past Microsoft Essentials
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