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Installing the Printer Driver Using the Windows 7 Built-in Solution for a USB Cable Connection

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This document is for HP printers released in 2009 and earlier that do not have full feature drivers in Windows 7.
To use your HP printer with a Windows 7 computer, you must install the built-in
The driver located in the Windows 7 operating system
driver. A full feature driver for Windows 7 is not available for your printer, either from the CD that shipped with your printer or from the HP website.
Follow these steps to install the built-in driver, and then learn how to use the printer with the built-in driver in the FAQ section below.

Step 1: Prepare for installation

Before you can install the built-in driver, make sure the PC connects to the Internet and that the printer is connected to the PC.
  1. Make sure that your computer is connected to the Internet.
  2. Turn on the printer.
  3. Connect a USB cable to the printer, and then to the computer.
    Figure 1: USB cable
    USB cable

Step 2: Make sure that Windows Update is enabled

Follow these steps to make sure Windows Update is enabled and set to automatically download drivers.
  1. On the taskbar, click Start ().
  2. In the Search Programs and Files box, type change device installation.
    Figure 2: Example of the Start menu search results.
  3. Click Change device installation settings. The Device Installation Settings window opens.
    Figure 3: Example of the Device Installation Settings window.
    Example of the Device Installation Settings window.
  4. Yes, do this automatically (recommended) is selected. Click Save Changes.

Step 3: Install and run the Printer Install Wizard

Click the following link to install and run the Printer Install Wizard. For additional information on how to run the tool, click the Learn more link.
Image: Printer Install Wizard iconHP Printer Install Wizard: The HP Printer Install Wizard quickly and easily finds the best Windows 7 or Windows 8 print driver for your printer. To save time, try using this automated tool.

Click here to get the HP Printer Install Wizard: HP Printer Install Wizard (2 MB) Learn more>>

Step 4: Print a document

Print from any software program to make sure your printer is working correctly.
  1. Open a document that you want to print.
  2. Click File, and then click Print.
  • If you can print, the driver installed correctly.
  • If you cannot print, continue to the next step.

Step 5: Manually install the driver

If the Printer Install Wizard did not find the driver, try installing the driver manually. If method one doesn't work, try method two.
Use Windows Plug and Play process to install drivers for your printer.
  1. Disconnect the USB cable from the PC.
  2. Wait a few seconds, and then reconnect the USB cable to the PC. Windows automatically searches for and installs the latest version of the built-in driver.
USe the Add Printer wizard within Windows to install drivers for your printer.
  1. On the taskbar, click the Windows icon (), and then click Devices and Printers.
  2. On the Devices and Printers window, click the Add a printer button on the top navigation bar.
  3. On the What type of printer do you want to install? screen, select Add a local printer, and then click Next.
  4. On the Choose a printer port screen, select Use an existing port, and then click Next.
  5. On the Install the printer driver screen, click Windows Update, and then click Next. Windows updates the list of printers.
  6. In the Manufacturer box, scroll down and select HP, and then click Next.
  7. On the Type a printer name screen, change the printer name (optional), and then click Next.

Frequently asked questions

Consult these commonly asked questions to learn how to use your printer with the built-in driver.
The basic driver in Windows 7 supports scanning documents, faxing from a printed page, printing from a software program, and importing and viewing images on a memory card.
Use one of the following methods to scan a document.
Method one: Scan with Windows Fax and Scan
Use the Windows Fax and Scan function to scan an image or document from your scanner.
  1. Click the Windows () icon.
  2. Click All Programs.
  3. Click Windows Fax and Scan.
  4. Click New Scan, and then click Scan.
Video of scanning with Windows Fax and Scan
The following video demonstrates how to scan with Windows Fax and Scan in Windows 7.
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, click here to play the video on YouTube.
Method two: Scan with Paint
Use the Paint software in Windows to scan an image or document from your scanner.
  1. Click the Windows () icon, click All Programs, and then click Accessories.
  2. Click Paint ().
  3. Click the drop-down arrow in the upper-left corner, and then click From Scanner or Camera.
  4. Make sure the correct device is selected, click OK, and then click Scan.
Video of scanning with Paint
The following video demonstrates how to scan with Paint in Windows 7.
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, view the video on YouTube .
Fax a document from your scanner using the pritner's control panel.
Although you cannot fax a document directly from your computer, you can still fax a printed document from the printer if your printer supports faxing.
  1. Print the document you want to fax.
  2. Place the printout on the flat surface or feeder slot in the same way you would for scanning or copying a document.
  3. Fax the paper version of the document by using the faxing buttons on the control panel of the All-in-One.
Pint directly from the file menu in Windows software that supports printing.
  1. Open the document to be printed in the software application in which it was created.
  2. Click File, and then click Print.
Video of printing in Windows 7
Watch the following video for a demonstration of printing from a software program with Windows 7 operating system.
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, click here to play the video on YouTube .
If your printer has a memory card slot, follow these steps to access images on a memory card.
  1. Insert the memory card into the appropriate memory card slot on the product.
    NOTE:If the memory card is already inserted, remove it, and then reinsert it.
  2. On the Autoplay window that opens, click Import Pictures, View Pictures, or Open folder to view files.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.
Video of importing and viewing images on a memory card
The following video demonstrates how to import and view images on a memory card in Windows 7.
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, click here to play the video on YouTube.
Use the built-in solutions that come with Windows. See the following sections for known limitations when using a printer that is not supported with HP full feature software.
Use the following HP Solution Center workarounds when you install the product with the driver in Windows 7.
HP Solution Center
FunctionWorkaround
Limited access to the HP ToolboxFrom the program you are using to print:

  1. Click File, and then click Print.
  2. Click the button that opens the Properties dialog box:
    Depending on the software program, this button might be Properties, Options, Printer Setup, Printer, or Preferences.
  3. Click the Features tab, and then click Printer Services. The HP Toolbox opens.
Printer SettingsFrom the program you are using to print:

  1. Click File, and then click Print.
  2. Click the button that opens the Properties dialog box:
    Depending on the software program, this button might be Properties, Options, Printer Setup, Printer, or Preferences.
    The Properties window opens, where you can change print settings for various print tasks.
Use the following HP Toolbox workarounds when you install the product using the driver in Windows 7.
HP Toolbox
FunctionWorkaround
Printing a self-test pageFor products with buttons on the control panel (the front of the printer), you can print a self-test page using those buttons.
Cleaning the cartridges or printheadsNone
Checking estimated ink levels
  • Print a self-test page through the buttons on the control panel
  • View the ink level indicators on the control panel, if there are any
Aligning the cartridgesNone
Use Windows Update to automatically search for and install the latest built-in driver for your printer.
  1. On the taskbar, click Start ().
  2. In the Search Programs and Files box, type change device installation.
  3. Click Change device installation settings. The Device Installation Settings window opens.
  4. Yes, do this automatically (recommended) is selected. Click Save Changes.

Video of setting Windows Update to automatic

The following video demonstrates how to set Windows Update to automatic in Windows 7.
Note the following limited functionalities with a built-in driver:
  • No access to HP Solution Center. You will not have access to HP Solution Center (). However, see the workarounds at the end of this document for ways to accomplish tasks as you did before.
  • Limited functionality in HP Toolbox. You can still access the HP Toolbox () with the built-in driver. However, the HP Toolbox functionality is limited. For example, you are unable to check estimated ink levels. See the workarounds at the end of this document for ways to accomplish some common HP Toolbox tasks.
  • Importing and viewing images on a memory card. If your product has a memory card slot, you can use the workaround at the end of this document to import and view images on a memory card.
  • Limited button functionality. If your HP product has buttons on the front panel, some of the buttons will not function as before. Following are examples of buttons that function and buttons that do not function with the built-in driver:
    These buttons will still function*
    Power button ()Menu button ()
    Resume button ()Cancel button ()
    Print Photos button ()
    These buttons will not function*
    Photosmart Essentials button ()Copy button ()
    Scan button ()
    *These lists are not comprehensive.
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