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Windows 7: How to install printer over network?

19 Dec 2009   #21
Anthony2816

Windows 7 64
 
 

Here you go, Aem. This is with the printer attached to the XP 32-bit machine, trying to install it over the network on the W7 64-bit machine. The last two shots show the loop I get stuck in. After Windows fails to find a driver either locally or on the internet (despite the fact that if I plug the printer into this computer it works fine), it asks me to point it to an inf file. No matter where I point it, it says it "doesn't contain software for your device", leaving me no option but to cancel. It never allows me to select a printer from a list.




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19 Dec 2009   #22
magicK

Windoze 7
 
 

I dont know why you ignored me last time, but install the VISTA drivers on the XP machine (NOT THE PLUG AND PLAY) and then your 7 machine will be able to download the drivers the way your trying to...
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19 Dec 2009   #23
Anthony2816

Windows 7 64
 
 

Sorry, MagicK; I didn't ignore you, but forgot to reply.

I've tried to get Vista drivers (both 32 and 64 bit) from HP.com, but when I select those OSs all they offer for my Color Laserjet 2550L are their "Universal Printer Drivers"...and when I click on the link for any of the three drivers offered, I just get a "file or folder doesn't exist error"...so I was unable to do as you suggested.
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21 Dec 2009   #24
Anthony2816

Windows 7 64
 
 

Bump?
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21 Dec 2009   #25
magicK

Windoze 7
 
 

Looks like they changed the drivers a little bit.

Connect the printer to the XP machine
Id try installing http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport...5&mode=4&idx=0 that on the XP machine install like this: First time Driver installation: Policy is disabled
When using the Add Printer Wizard or the Install.exe file to install the UPD 5.0.1 for the first time on a PC, the default behavior will be that the Policy management is disabled. This means that the UPD will not search for management policy information created either by the Managed Printer Administrator software, or by the Active Directory group policy object


then try to network with the 7 machine

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21 Dec 2009   #26
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Ok can you advise what is in the drivers folder? Is it an .exe that extracts and installs the driver when you install manually?

I would like to see what is in this .exe zip file. The .inf file that the system is trying to use is evident that it isn't the correct one (ie 32Bit vs 64bit). sometime the system will select the .inf file that it finds to be a matching with the OS however, it might not know that the system needs a 64Bit etc.
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21 Dec 2009   #27
Anthony2816

Windows 7 64
 
 

MagicK, I just tried to download the file from that link you gave me, and again got a "No such file or directory" error.

I'll try calling HP tomorrow to see if there's some way to get it.

(I also notice your link went to the PCL5 driver...is that the correct one? I have no idea...)
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21 Dec 2009   #28
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anthony2816 View Post
MagicK, I just tried to download the file from that link you gave me, and again got a "No such file or directory" error.

I'll try calling HP tomorrow to see if there's some way to get it.

(I also notice your link went to the PCL5 driver...is that the correct one? I have no idea...)
As long as it is the right driver for the right OS and model printer, it should work.

I also get the same error,, it is a problem on HP's website.
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21 Dec 2009   #29
Anthony2816

Windows 7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
As long as it is the right driver for the right OS and model printer, it should work.
Well, it's their "universal" driver...
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21 Dec 2009   #30
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Well,, Universal doesn't always mean Universal. It's that English language thing. all the vowels and sometimes y

They don't all work with all printers,,,,
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