When you switch your PC’s operating system to Windows 7, you will need to reestablish communication between your HP printer and your PC. Get detailed instructions for downloading and installing a free HP printer driver to get your computer and your HP printer back to running in perfect harmony.
Sync up your PC and your printer
Now that you’ve updated your PC’s operating system to Windows 7, it’s a good idea to update your printer driver as well.
If you’ve updated to Windows 7 and find you’re not getting the same performance from your HP printer, it’s probably time to download a new printer driver to get things back in working order. (Your printer driver is the software that enables your computer and your printer to “talk” to one another.)
It’s a good idea to update your driver any time you purchase a new printer, change your network, or begin using a new computer.
Choose the Basic or Full feature option for your driver.
A list of compatible software and drivers will appear. There will be two choices under Driver: Basic or Full Feature.
• The Basic option includes a driver for printing only.
• The Full feature option includes drivers and software for multiple functions and applications, such as scanning, photo management, faxing, etc.
Double click on the driver you’d like to install (Basic or Full Feature) and choose Download only to save to your download folder.
If you don't see a Full feature driver option listed for your printer, check back periodically—HP is still in the process of updating the Full feature Windows 7 drivers for several older HP printer models.
The HP Print Software Patch is available on the same page as the Windows 7 printer driver.
Once the driver is downloaded, choose Run to begin installing your driver.
A new window will appear. Choose Install and follow the software prompts to install!
If you are upgrading from Windows Vista, you will need to install the driver first, and then install the HP Print Software Patch. This download is available on the same page as the printer drivers described above in the section, Choose your download.