I am running a home network, cable modem to wireless router. I have an HP 3015 All-in-One installed on the XP(32) machine via a USB cable. Both the XP and Windows 7-64 are connected via ethernet cables. I had to change some settings in Network and Sharing Center" see post #38 in thread: Can't see XP Machine in Windows 7
After getting the Win 7 box to see the printer on the XP box I attempted to install the printer. The wizard could not find a driver. I went to HP and they show a driver for Win 64 Bit OSs, so I downloaded and extracted same. When I try to install printer manually, it looks for an ".INF" file. I direct the search to the folder containing the extracted file and it does not find. I tried to install the driver from the "Setup" app in the extracted file and that did not work.
A year or so ago I tried the same installation of the HP3015 AIO installed via USB on the XP box, on a Vista 64 box. At that time internet research indicated that HP had discontinued development of 64 Bit drivers for the printer. So I gave up.
Now I find generic 64 bit drivers on the HP website, I just cannot get them to install.
The Windows 7 update service fails to find any appropriate drivers. As the printer is working fine, and the XP box to which it is attached is the puter my wife uses, I am reluctant to try and reconfigure the whole network. Anything I need to print, I can save as a shared doc and print from the XP machine, but that is a PITA.
What am I missing?