|Yes, I understand that but I wondered if you used the inbuilt Windows driver, as per my #6, then the "print to file" option would not be there and it would stop the option coming into play. The inbuilt Win 8.1 drivers might be more compatible than any driver disk you originally used.|
You could go to Control Panel > Devices and Printers > your printer > Printer Management > Display Printer Properties > Advanced tab. If the same option is there unchecking it from that path instead might be more global and "stick" after you Apply/OK your way out. The exact path might be a little different depending on your printer.
The only other thing I can think of is to uninstall the drivers then get the latest from HP (if available for Win 8.1). I agree of-course that "print to file" should not be the default.
Did this issue just suddenly come along or was it when you first used the printer on Win 8 or Win 8.1?
Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks
message edited by Derek