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Installing the Printer Software in Windows 7 for a USB Cable Connection

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Introduction

This document explains how to install the print driver
A print driver is a software program that allows the computer to run the printer. HP offers a variety of print drivers and software on the CD you received with your printer and the HP website. The available choices vary by printer.
and software for your printer for a USB cable connection. There are several methods available to install the software and driver for your printer, including using the HP Printer Install Wizard, downloading the HP software and driver, using the printer CD and installing the basic driver built into the operating system (in-OS driver).
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The following information can help you decide which installation method to use.
For a new printer:This program quickly finds and installs the best print driver for your printer.
For an older printer:Using the Printer Install Wizard software provides the best results for your older printer. This program automatically finds and installs the best print driver, meaning you do not need to search the HP website for the correct software.
About the software:The software is available for download from the HP website and is updated on a regular basis.
Don’t worry if you don’t have the product CD! You can download the most current software available for your product from the HP Web site at no cost. The following information might help you decide which installation method to use:
CDDownload
For a new product:CD installation is a quick and easy method.If you do not have a CD, you can download the software you need.
For an older product:CD installation might not work if you are installing the product on a computer running a newer operating system that released AFTER the HP product released.

For example, Windows 7 released in 2009. If HP manufactured your product prior to that year, the CD that came with the product might not work correctly on a computer running Windows 7.
Downloading the software provides the best results for your older product. Even though it takes more time than using the CD, downloading the latest software can help you avoid installation issues.

Downloading is the recommended method if your computer operating system released after the HP product released.
About the software:The software on the CD is current to the date of the product release.The software you can download from the HP Web site is most current software available for your product. HP often updates software and drivers AFTER the product and CD release to the market.
For some printers, Windows 7 comes with a basic in-OS driver built into the operating system. With this basic driver, the buttons on the printer do not function, and some of the advanced printer features are not available. However, workaround procedures allow you to print from a software program. If your printer has a memory card slot, you can also import and view images on a memory card.
The HP Printer Install Wizard quickly and easily finds the best Windows 7 print driver for your printer. To save time, try using this automated tool instead of the other installation methods in this document. Click the following link to download and run the HP Printer Install Wizard.
NOTE:The HP Printer Install Wizard is not available for all printers.
Link to toolFile size
HP Printer Install Wizard > 1MB
Follow these steps to download and install the driver.

Video of downloading and installing the driver from the HP website

The following video demonstrates how to install the HP full feature printer driver.
NOTE:This video shows the Windows 7 operating system and the HP Photosmart Premium Fax (C309) All-in-One printer. The steps for navigating your operating system might be slightly different, but the steps to install the full feature printer driver are the same.
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, click here to play the video on YouTube .
  1. Turn on the printer.
  2. Disconnect the USB cable from the printer and the computer (if you already connected it). If the printer is connected to your network, leave it connected.
  3. If the Welcome to HP Support page opens, follow these steps:
    1. Type your printer model number.
    2. Click Go.
      You might need to select your printer model number from a list of similar printer models.
  4. Select your operating system, and then click Next.
    A list of drivers and other downloads display.
  5. Scroll down the page, and then click Driver - Product Installation Software.
  6. Click Download next to the full feature or solution software and driver listed, and then follow the on-screen instructions to save the software to your computer.
NOTE: Do NOT connect the USB cable now. Wait until the on-screen instructions prompt you to connect it. HP recommends using a USB cable that is less than 3 m (10 ft) long.
Follow these steps to install the software with the printer CD.
  1. Turn the printer on.
  2. Insert the printer CD into the CD drive of the computer, and then wait a few seconds for the software installer to start.
    If the installer does not start automatically, click the Windows icon (), click Computer, and then double-click the CD drive.
    NOTE:If the User Account Control screen opens, click Allow to continue.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.
    IMPORTANT: The installer might ask if you want to check online for the latest installation updates for your printer. For the best installation results, HP recommends that you click “Yes” to let the installer check for updates and download them for you.
NOTE:The basic in-OS driver is not available for all printers.
When you connect the printer to the computer, Windows 7 detects the hardware and automatically installs the correct driver. A notification lets you know when installation begins and when it is complete. You do not have to download a driver or insert the printer CD.
Follow these steps to install the basic driver in Windows 7.
  1. Turn the printer on.
  2. Connect the USB cable to the printer and to the computer.
  3. A Your devices are ready to use window might display on the screen. If the window displays and does not close automatically, close the window.
Your basic Windows 7 driver is now installed. Some functions might not be available, but you can use the following workaround procedures instead.
The basic driver in Windows 7 is sufficient for printing from a software program, scanning documents, faxing documents, and importing and viewing images on a memory card.
Use these steps to print from a software program.
  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 from a software program
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 .
Use one of the following methods to scan a document.
  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 Scanning
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.
  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, click here to play the video on YouTube.
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.
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.
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