The article describes the procedure of installing an HP printer on a Windows computer. The methods compiled here are simple and correct. However, we recommend you to follow them properly to avoid facing hp printer problems. It will save your precious time as well as money that would indeed be wasted searching for HP support or HP technical support options.
Since it is already known that you do not have the original installation disk for your HP printer, make sure that you have other things handy. These include the model number or name of your printer and the Windows version. You must also have an active internet connection for driver download.
First make sure that your Windows is running the latest updates. Use the Windows Update feature in your computer to look for latest updates. Click on the Start button and browse to Control Panel. Look for Windows Update and double-click on it. Choose to download and install latest updates and patches for your Windows OS. You can also visit Microsoft's official website to download updates. When done installing updates, reboot your computer when prompted. Wait for the computer to turn on again.
Open your web browser and then visit HP's official website (hp.com). Navigate to the Support & Drivers section and then click on the Drivers & Software window. Enter the name or model number of your HP printer in the box and then press the SEARCH button. If you don't know the name/number of your HP device, click on the How do I find my product name/number? link below the search box. It will display all the products, click to select your HP product and then you will be able to find your printer's model number.
Once you have entered the desired model number/name, you will see a list of available software for different printer series. Click on the desired link and then follow rest of the instructions including language, operating system etc. Simply click on the Download button or link under Driver if you don't want to go through the information given on the page. Save the file when prompted. Choose a place in computer like Desktop to save the downloaded file.
Extract the contents if it is zip file and save it on Desktop again. Now plug your HP printer's cable into the back of the computer. If you see the New Hardware Found Wizard prompt, wait and let it automatically look for drivers and install them. Respond to on-screen prompts if asked to. Reboot your computer when prompted. Test a print page to make sure that the printer is working fine.
If the automatic wizard doesn't open, click on the Start menu and browse to Control Panel. Double click to open Hardware and then highlight Printers. Click the Add a Printer link and follow the onscreen instructions including the printer model number etc. When you see the successfully added HP printer message, press the Print a test page button at the bottom left corner to make sure that the device is working properly. When done, hit the Finish button. Reboot computer when prompted.
If you face any difficulty during the installation or while testing the print page, disable your firewall or anti-virus program. If the issue has resolved, continue with the installation or printing afterwards. When done, re-enable the firewall or antivirus program. If not, check that you have installed the correct printer drivers.