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Windows 7: Installing and sharing an HP Laserjet 1020 on Win7 x64

12 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7 RTM
Installing and sharing an HP Laserjet 1020 on Win7 x64

After many unsuccessful attempts to get this printer installed and shared with other Vista and/or Windows 7 machines on the network, I finally worked out a procedure that works reliably. Since I couldn’t find this info all in one place anywhere else, I thought I’d share.

  • Get rid of old unsuccessful installation attempts to install the drivers: Open Print Managment (type “print managment” in the “search for programs and files” box on the start menu). Right click any instance of HP 1020 drivers and click “Remove Driver Package”. If it says that the printer is in use and can’t be deleted, restart your computer and then try again.
  • Download the Vista x64 drivers from: Select software and drivers*
    From the two available choices, use the Print Driver Package, not the Plug and Play Package.
  • Make sure the printer is NOT CONNECTED. Run the driver installation program, making note of the folder to which it installs the files (usually “C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\Laserjet 1020_1022 drivers”)
  • Connect the printer. Windows 7 should detect the printer but then claim that it was NOT installed successfully.
  • At this point, the HP 1020 should show up as a device in the “Devices and Printers” window. Right click on it, and go to properties.
  • On the General tab, click “Make changes” (or whatever the button near the bottom says… I can’t recreate it once the printer is installed properly). This will open up a second “Properties” window where the Drivers tab now has the “Update driver” button active instead of grayed out.
  • Click update drivers, then select “Browse my computer…” and navigate to the folder from step 3, then press OK.
  • Once this completes, the HP 1020 should be fully functional on your Windows 7 x64 machine.

Now comes the trickier part, getting it to share properly across your network.

  • Go to “Devices and Printers”, right click on the HP 1020, and choose “Printer Properties” (not just “Properties”, they’re different). Go to the “Sharing” tab and make sure that “Share this printer” and “Render print jobs on …” are both checked.
  • If you are sharing with an x86 Vista or Windows 7 computer, make sure that you’ve installed the x86 drivers by pressing “Additional drivers” from the printer’s “Sharing” tab. Click the x86 check box, then press OK. In the next window, navigate to a folder containing the x86 drivers for the HP 1020 (you should be able to download them from the HP website and unzip/install them to a folder, then choose that folder).
  • Here’s the tricky part… I’m not sure why this works, but it does. It seems like the HP Print Monitor disrupts sharing of the printer with other Vista/Win 7 systems on the network and causes them to just hang in the queue. It must be disabled. Here’s how:
  • Open the Registry editor (Press start, and type “regedit” into the “Search for programs and files” box).
  • Navigate to the following key:
    “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Monitors” and then delete the "HPLJ1020LM" folder.
  • Close the registry editor, and then in Windows explorer, navigate to the folder “C:\windows\system32”. Rename the file “ZLhp1020.dll” to something like “ZLhp1020old.dll”.
  • Restart the computer.
  • If you are using “Homegroups”, the networked Win7 computer should recognize the printer and immediately give you the option to install it. If not, or if you are sharing with a Vista computer, use the Network browser to navigate to the shared printer and double-click it. You should get a prompt to install the driver. Click OK or whatever.
  • If all is well, you should have a working, shared HP 1020. One thing I noticed, however, is it doesn’t seem like the manual “double sided printing” feature of the HP driver works when the HP Print Monitor has been disabled. Nothing I can do about that… have to wait for HP to release Win7 x64 drivers, I guess.

Whew...Hopefully I got all that right! Good luck.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2009   #2

window 7 build 7100

it works. thanks
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 RC x64

It didnt work for me.... when I connected my printer in this step:
[Connect the printer. Windows 7 should detect the printer but then claim that it was NOT installed successfully]
windows didn't detect my printer... i can't print anything
My System SpecsSystem Spec

21 Sep 2009   #4

Windows 7
It works!

I have tried off and on for a week to get this working... I am thankful, my wife is thankful, I can stop waiting on getting it fixed! :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Sep 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate
Laserjet 1018

I want to thank for the Tip. I have a Laserjet 1018 and had the same Problem. With the Result describe with the Laserjet 1020, it functioned the same for the Laserjet 1018.

Again thank you very much for the Help

Sascha Ablass
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 RC (Ultimate)
Perfect Working Instructions

scottfreeze, you're the MAN! yes, i used all caps; cause you've earned it. Perfect working instructions (driver installation, network untested here).

I've been stuggling with HP 1020 on a Vista x86 machine for over a year with spotty issues, but this works flawlessly. Thanks man!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Oct 2009   #7

Win 7 Ultimate
Thank you!

scottfreeze you are the man!

Thank you for your help!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Oct 2009   #8

windows 7

It worked great for me, didn't try to network! Thanks
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7
windows 7 and HP laserjet 1020 printer

This method 100% working ....

Note: if you are using windows 7 64bit version download 64bit driver for vista and if you are using 32bit version use 32bit driver of vista for HP laserjet 1020.

here my forum post url please visit it install HP Laserjet 1020 printer Driver windows 7

here is method

Hi all,

I am here to share my idea to install hp laserjet 1020 on windows 7.

There no driver for windows 7 till mid November.

I have installed device driver for laserjet 1020 on windwos 7, here is the method for installing driver in windows 7 for laserjet 1020.

1. 1st of all download laserjet 1020 basic printer driver for windows vista. you can down it from this link

2. after downloading driver for vista extract it even exe file with winrar and then go to device manager and then HP laserjet 1020 which is shown as unkown device and right click on it and after that update driver

3. and after that go to folder where extarct vista driver exe and select it .

note. i did not run exe file.

Thanks for reading. hope it will work for you

4. and it will be installed without any problem like me.

take care all.


Here is video of method on youtube

My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Nov 2009   #10

scottfreeze u the bomb

Thanks so much for the info, You made it sound so easy
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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