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Introduction
If you have recently changed your operating system (OS) to Windows 7, this document is your guide to getting your HP product working with the new operating system.
The drivers for your HP product are already included in the new Windows 7 operating system! You do not need to download drivers to use the product. Keep reading to learn how to install the print driver that is in Windows 7 (in-OS drivers) with your HP product.
Getting started in Windows 7
Select your question or scenario from the following list, and then review the information.
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I am planning to upgrade my operating system from Vista to Windows 7, but I am keeping my existing computer.
Follow these steps to remove previous HP drivers, and then install the new driver.
Step one: Remove previous HP drivers
Before you upgrade your existing computer from Vista to the Windows 7 operating system, follow these steps to remove the current drivers.
Method one: Remove the drivers and software with the HP Uninstaller
When you install the HP software, the software includes a software removal tool (HP Uninstaller) to simplify the software removal process. The HP Uninstaller is only available if you have the full version of the software installed on your computer. If you do not have the full version (basic driver only), try the next method for removing the software.
  1. If your product connects to the computer with a USB cable, unplug the USB cable from the HP product.
    Figure : Disconnect the USB cable
    Illustration of disconnecting the USB cable
  2. On the Windows taskbar, click the Windows icon ( ), and then click Control Panel . The Windows Control Panel opens.
  3. Under Programs , click Uninstall a Program . A list of programs installed on your computer opens.
  4. In the list of installed programs, click your HP product, and then click Uninstall/Change . The HP Uninstaller opens.
    If you do not see your product in this list, the HP Uninstaller is not available for your product. Try the next method for removing the software.
  5. Select Uninstall all HP products or Choose which HP products according to the guidelines earlier in this document, and then click Next .
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the software removal.
    CAUTION:
    If you are asked to remove shared files, click No . Other programs that use these files might not work if you delete the files.
  7. Disconnect the product from the power source, and then restart the computer.
Method two: Remove the driver in the Printers folder
If the previous method was unsuccessful, follow these steps to remove the driver through the Printers folder.
  1. On the Windows taskbar, click the Windows icon ( ), and then click Control Panel . The Windows Control Panel opens.
  2. Under Hardware and Sounds ( ), click Printer . The printer folder opens.
  3. Find the printer icon ( ) representing your HP product, right-click it, and then click Delete .
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to remove the driver.
Step two: Install the drivers included in the Windows 7 operating system (in-OS drivers)
When your new computer or operating system is up and running, simply connect the USB cable from the computer to the rear of the HP product, and then press the Power button ( ) to turn it on.
Figure : Connect the USB cable to the HP product and the computer
Graphic: Connect the USB cable to the HP product and the computer
Connect the USB cable to the rear of the product
Connect the USB cable 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 any software or insert the product CD.
I have already upgraded my operating system on my existing computer, and now I need help getting my HP printer to work with it.
Follow these steps to remove previous HP drivers, and then install the new driver.
Step one: Remove previous HP drivers
Follow these steps to remove the current drivers.
Method one: Remove the drivers and software with the HP Uninstaller
When you install the HP software, the software includes a software removal tool (HP Uninstaller) to simplify the software removal process. The HP Uninstaller is only available if you have the full version of the software installed on your computer. If you do not have the full version (basic driver only), try the next method for removing the software.
  1. If your product connects to the computer with a USB cable, unplug the USB cable from the HP product.
    Figure : Disconnect the USB cable
    Illustration of disconnecting the USB cable
  2. On the Windows taskbar, click the Windows icon ( ), and then click Control Panel . The Windows Control Panel opens.
  3. Under Programs , click Uninstall a Program . A list of programs installed on your computer opens.
  4. In the list of installed programs, click your HP product, and then click Uninstall/Change . The HP Uninstaller opens.
    If you do not see your product in this list, the HP Uninstaller is not available for your product. Try the next method for removing the software.
  5. Select Uninstall all HP products or Choose which HP products according to the guidelines earlier in this document, and then click Next .
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the software removal.
    CAUTION:
    If you are asked to remove shared files, click No . Other programs that use these files might not work if you delete the files.
  7. Disconnect the product from the power source, and then restart the computer.
Method two: Remove the driver in the Devices and printers folder
If the previous method was unsuccessful, follow these steps to remove the driver through the Devices and printers folder.
  1. Disconnect the USB cable from the HP product, if it is connected.
  2. Click the Windows icon ( ), and then click Devices and printers .
  3. Find the printer icon ( ) representing your HP product, right-click it, and then click Remove device .
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to remove the driver.
  5. Repeat these steps to delete multiple instances of the same printer icon, and also for any fax icons for the product.
  6. Reboot your computer.
Step two: Install the drivers included in the Windows 7 operating system (in-OS drivers)
When your new operating system is up and running, simply connect the USB cable from the computer to the rear of the HP product, and then press the Power button ( ) to turn it on.
Figure : Connect the USB cable to the HP product and the computer
Graphic: Connect the USB cable to the HP product and the computer
Connect the USB cable to the rear of the product
Connect the USB cable 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 any software or insert the product CD.
I am buying a brand new computer with Windows 7, and want to set up my existing HP printer with it.
When your new computer or operating system is up and running, simply connect the USB cable from the computer to the rear of the HP product, and then press the Power button ( ) to turn it on.
Figure : Connect the USB cable to the HP product and the computer
Graphic: Connect the USB cable to the HP product and the computer
Connect the USB cable to the rear of the product
Connect the USB cable 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 any software or insert the product CD.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Select a topic below to learn more about the functionality of the in-OS driver.
What limitations will I see with a Windows 7 in-OS driver?
Although your HP product essentially functions the same with the in-OS driver, you might notice some differences. Following is a summary of the differences in functionality with this driver.
Note the following limited functionalities with an in-OS 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 in-OS 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 in-OS 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.
I've always used HP Solution Center and HP Toolbox. What will I use now?
HP Solution Center workarounds
Use the following HP Solution Center workarounds when you install the product with the driver in Windows 7.
HP Solution Center
Function
Workaround
Limited access to the HP Toolbox
From 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 Settings
From 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.
Toolbox workarounds
Use the following HP Toolbox workarounds when you install the product using the driver in Windows 7.
HP Toolbox
Function
Workaround
Printing a self-test page
For 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 printheads
None
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 cartridges
None
How do I scan with an in-OS driver?
Use one of the following methods to scan a document.
Method one: Scan with Windows Fax and Scan
  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.
NOTE:
If you are unable to view the video, it may be due to the type of mobile device you are using. You can still use the written information on the screen or access the video with a PC or laptop.
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
  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.
NOTE:
If you are unable to view the video, it may be due to the type of mobile device you are using. You can still use the written information on the screen or access the video with a PC or laptop.
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, click here to play the video on YouTube.
How do I fax with an in-OS driver?
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.
How do I print with an in-OS driver?
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 in Windows 7
Watch the following video for a demonstration of printing from a software program with Windows 7 operating system.
NOTE:
If you are unable to view the video, it may be due to the type of mobile device you are using. You can still use the written information on the screen or access the video with a PC or laptop.
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, click here to play the video on YouTube .
How do I import and view images on a memory card?
If your product 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.
NOTE:
If you are unable to view the video, it may be due to the type of mobile device you are using. You can still use the written information on the screen or access the video with a PC or laptop.
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, click here to play the video on YouTube.
How do I check ink levels with an in-OS driver?
You can still check ink levels with an in-OS driver. To do so, print a self-test page from your HP product, and the ink levels display on the printed page.
Additional information
Visit HP Consumer Forums or the HP Store for additional information.
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