With the launch of Microsoft’s newest technology known as Windows 7 last October 22, 2009, a lot of computer users are trying to wonder about hardware and software updates that they might need to upgrade to Windows 7. Do you wonder how it is to find and install this version’s printer driver for your HP printers?
How can you find Windows 7 drivers for HP printers?
Finding HP printer drivers for this Microsoft version is simple. You just have to locate the HP driver page found on HP’s official website. There, you will find a list of compatible printer drivers for your HP printers.
Hewlett-Packard specifically mentioned in its website that older printer products from the company may have limited support for printer drivers in the Windows 7 version. Some may also have limited features. Other printers may have both limited support and features.
On the HP driver page, you will find a list of products that may have drivers or will soon have drivers for Windows 7. If an existing HP printer is not listed on this page then this Microsoft version is not supported.
HP also wants to make clear that while printer users have been asking about printer driver compatibility options via forums, the company will no longer develop products that already contain support for earlier Microsoft versions like that of the Windows XP.
Here is a definite advice from HP when finding a printer driver for your printers. Browse the product page and see if a printer driver is available for the HP printer. HP updates this page from time to time. In addition, you may also visit Windows 7 compatibility center through Microsoft’s website.
How to install Windows 7 drivers for HP printers
Here’s how you may do the installation process of the printer driver in your PC’s:
1. Get your set-up disk and insert it on the CD drive of your PC’s.
2. View files through the options marked as “Explorer”. Then scroll down until you find the word “SETUP” on the page.
3. Simply right-click over the file before selecting “PROPERTIES”. A window will pop-out. Click on the “COMPATIBILITY” tab.
4. Uncheck the phrase “Run this program in compatibility mode for” and check “Windows Vista” instead.
5. Make sure that the phrase “Run this program as administrator” is checked. You will find it at the bottom portion of the pop-out window.
6. Then press “APPLY” before pressing “OK”.
To make the installation easier, HP provides for a Windows 7 Upgrade Program. Under this program you are allowed to order an upgrade kit for this latest Microsoft product. But you can’t order one unless your PC complies with the eligibility requirement.
This Article is written by John C Arkin.
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