Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Aligning print heads w/o HP toolkit?

19 May 2011   #1

Win7 Professional 64
Aligning print heads w/o HP toolkit?

I've got an admittedly archaic printer - HP Deskjet 920c (10 years old) that has served me well, see no reason to replace it.

Except the ink is starting to run low and I'm only now realizing that the "toolkit" utility that came with it doesn't work in Windows 7.

HP's own web site - How to Get Your Printer Working with Windows 7 HP Deskjet 920c Printer - HP Customer Care (United States - English) - as much as says "tough luck."

So what am I supposed to do when I replace the print cartridge, to get the print heads aligned? I assume the printer will print legibly, but I know the toolkit utility was something I always ran after changing the cartridges in the past.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 May 2011   #2
James Colbert


If there is no way to manually align the printheads via the printer controls, I can think of 2 possibilities (create a System Restore point first):

1) Try installing the software in compatibility mode and set the install program to run as an admin.
You would right click on the install file, & choose properties. The screenshot should guide you through the rest:

Aligning print heads w/o HP toolkit?-admin_run-as_2.jpg

If at first it doesn't work, try different compat modes (i.e., XP SP2, SP1, etc.)

If that doesn't work:

2) Install the printer to an XP machine, align the printheads, move printer to Win 7 machine. Win 7 will likely have a driver for it, even if generic. As a rule, I generally don't install HP printer software, as it seems bloated. I never miss it.

I'm not sure if a virtual machine will support a printer install, but if it does, an XP V.M. is a possible solution as well.


My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Aligning print heads w/o HP toolkit?

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Desktop icons not aligning properly
I recently formatted my hard drive and reinstalled Windows on my hard drive and now I have a strange issue. I have align to grid selected (as I did before) and now I cant put icons in the lower row. Whenever I try they always move up about an inch from the taskbar. Is there a way to change the...
Problem aligning two identical monitors
Hi, I've been trying to align my two monitors so that the mouse doesn't "slip" from the bottom right corner of my main (left side) to the right-side monitor when going for the show-desktop button. i.e. I was trying to replicate this solution here: link but for some reason, every time I...
Graphic Cards
aligning folders in in a folder
hi guys, i am trying to align folders one by one in one folder. if you hold down left mouse button on a folder and then try to align this with another folder it is not easy, as winxp- this can very easy on the desktop. BUT aligning folders manually in A folder is not. Can you guys help?
General Discussion
Printer problems print button grayed out - test print page fails
Hi, I just purchased an used computer with Windows 7Home Premium x64, this is an HP Slimline s5610f. The problem that I have is with a Brother HL 2040 series printer. It gave me a really hard time to install the drivers that I downloaded from the Brother website I kept getting a "0x00000057" error...
Hardware & Devices
Need help with aligning my new Samsung 830 SSD.
Samsung 830 has a bad alignment issue, first install was a clone of a Vertex SSD and it ran blazing fast but in AS SSD shows over 500,000k bad. Then did a clean install and after getting all my updates and software re-loaded had a similar huge number bad again but still a very quick drive and both...
Hardware & Devices
Aligning icons to the right of screen?
I much rather prefer the icons to be placed at the right of the screen instead of the left however i have to sort the icons to the left manually and sometimes an update can cause the icons to jump back to the left. Not to mention that when you update or download new files then the updated/new file...

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:53.

Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App