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How to Scan: Windows XP

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This document explains how to scan in Windows XP. The Windows XP operating system includes the scanning drivers for your printer. There is no additional software that you need to download from HP.
The scan drivers in Windows provide a quick path to scan photos and documents. These drivers provide a smaller driver installation, use fewer system resources than Full Feature HP software, and can provide a method to scan if you do not have additional scanning software available.
Use one of the following methods to scan in Windows XP.
NOTE:One of these methods might not work, depending on the printer and your connection type. For instance, if the printer connects to the computer over a network you might only be able to scan using the Embedded Web Server (EWS). Try the other method if the first method you tried did not work.
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To scan a document using Paint in Windows XP, follow these steps.
NOTE:Before you begin, make sure that the printer is connected to your computer.

Video of scanning with Paint

The following video demonstrates how to scan with Paint in Windows XP. The video contains no audio.
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  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Paint.
  2. Click File, and then click From Scanner or Camera.
  3. Make any desired setting changes.
  4. Click Scan.
The following scan options and file types are available when you scan with drivers in Windows.
Scan Options
Color picture
Grayscale picture
Black and white picture
Black and white text
Custom Settings

  • Contrast or Brightness adjustment
  • Resolution (75 - 4800 dpi, within the limits of the scanner model)
  • Picture type (Color, Grayscale, Black and White)
Supported file types
.bmp - Bitmap Image File
.jpg - JPG Image File
.tif - Tagged Image File
.png - Portable Network Graphics File
.pcx - Paintbrush Bitmap Image File
Follow these steps to scan a document from the printer's Embedded Web Server (EWS)
Embedded software that allows you to view printer status information, change settings, and manage the printer from your computer.
NOTE:The printer must be connected to a wired (Ethernet) or wireless network to access the EWS. You cannot access the EWS with a USB connection.

Step one: Get the printer IP address

In order to access the EWS, you will need to know the IP address
A numeric code that uniquely identifies a device, like a computer or a printer, on a network.
assigned to your printer on your network. You can find your printer's IP address in multiple ways, though options vary by printer.
  • Press the Wireless button on the printer control panel to view the network settings.
  • Access the Network menu on the printer control panel.
  • Print a network configuration page or wireless network test page.
For more details on these options or detailed instructions to find your printer's IP address, click here to go to the support page for your printer and search for steps to print a network configuration page or to access network information on the control panel.
    If you are prompted for additional information, use the following steps to access your printer support page.
    1. Type your printer's name and number in the search box, and then click Next.
    2. If necessary, select your model in a list of similar printers.

Step two: Access the EWS

  1. In a Web browser such as Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, open a new window or tab.
  2. In the address bar, type the product IP address given on the test page, and then press Enter on your keyboard.
    Figure 1: Example IP address in the browser address bar
    Image: Example IP address in browser address bar
    The EWS\Printer information page opens.
      If a 'There is a problem with this website's security certificate' message displays in the Web browser when you try to open the EWS, or when you navigate within the EWS, click ' Continue to this website (not recommended)'.
      NOTE:Choosing ' Continue to this website (not recommended)' will not harm your computer while you navigate within the printer's EWS. If you encounter this error outside of your HP printer's EWS, your computer could be at risk.
      If the Web browser fails to open the EWS after you click ' Continue to this website (not recommended)', refresh the browser window.
  3. Continue to the next step.

Step three: Scan with the EWS

  1. Browse to the Scan tab of the EWS.
    NOTE:Webscan might need to be enabled before you try to scan. Click the Settings tab and locate Webscan under administrative tools to enable the function.
  2. Specify the document type, color preference, paper size, resolution, quality, and brightness.
  3. Click Start Scan.

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