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Windows 7: Can you use Windows 7 Pro + XP mode to make your "older" Printer work?


16 Jun 2010   #1

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Can you use Windows 7 Pro + XP mode to make your "older" Printer work?

Hi,

As many of you may know, HP is having a "rough time", to be kind, with their printers fully working with Windows 7.

In most cases they just release "generic" print drivers and people with all-in-one printers can not use the scanning, and some other, function because of this.

Does upgrading from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional, and then downloading the XP Mode allow you to use the original XP drivers for your HP printer?

I have heard that this is a "work-around", not sure if that is true or not.

Thanks!

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16 Jun 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pologuy View Post
Hi,

As many of you may know, HP is having a "rough time", to be kind, with their printers fully working with Windows 7.

In most cases they just release "generic" print drivers and people with all-in-one printers can not use the scanning, and some other, function because of this.

Does upgrading from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional, and then downloading the XP Mode allow you to use the original XP drivers for your HP printer?

I have heard that this is a "work-around", not sure if that is true or not.

Thanks!

Well there are two possibilities.

First- If there is a specific driver for XP or vista, you may be able to use them if you install them in compatibility mode.
(right click the installer>properties>compatibility mode>vista/XP)

If that doesnt work you can run a VM but there are several ifs about this method. try the other method first if you can


Ken
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16 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home, Pro
 
 

Hey Ken, thanks!

But it was my understanding that was exactly what XP mode was for - to run software that was originally made to run in XP?
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