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HP LaserJet M2727 MFP Series - General Windows installation instructions

General Windows installation for direct connections

Windows installation instructions for direct-connected (USB) computers

Use the following instructions to install the printing-system software on a computer that is running Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Vista.

Set up and turn on the product before installing the software. Do not connect the product to the computer until the software installation program prompts you.

You must have administrator privileges to install the software.

  1. Quit all open programs.

  2. Insert the printing-system software CD into the CD-ROM drive.

    If the CD-ROM does not start automatically, click Start, click Run, and then browse to and double-click the SETUP.EXE file in the root directory of the CD.
  3. Click the appropriate installation type, and follow the onscreen prompts.

  4. If you are prompted to restart the computer, click Yes.

  5. After installation of the printing-system software, dialog boxes appear that allow you to print a test page, register the product over the Web, and set up faxing on the product.

Set up Windows sharing (peer-to-peer networking)

Using Windows sharing, the person who uses the computer that is directly connected to the product can allow other users on the network to print to it.

When the product is shared, install the printer drivers on all of the computers that print to the product. The client computers will have print-only functionality.

When you have set up the host computer to share the product, you must also set up the client computers. For information about setting up the client computers for other network users who want to use the product, see Set up the client computers running Windows 2000 or Set up the client computers running Windows XP or Windows Vista .

Printer sharing disclaimer

HP does not support peer-to-peer networking, as the feature is a function of Microsoft operating systems and not of the HP printer drivers. Go to Microsoft at www.microsoft.com Non-HP site .

Set up the host computer running Windows 2000

At the computer that is directly connected to the product, perform the following steps:

  1. Click Start, click Settings, and then click Printers.

  2. In the printer list, right-click the icon for the product, and then click Sharing.

  3. On the Sharing tab, select Share As, and then type a name for the product in the Share Name field. Click OK.

Set up the host computer running Windows XP or Windows Vista

At the computer that is directly connected to the product, perform the following steps:

  1. Click Start, and then click Printers and Faxes.

  2. In the printer list, right-click the icon for the product, and then click Sharing.

  3. On the Sharing tab, select Share this printer, and then type a name for the product in the Share Name field. Click OK.

Set up the client computers running Windows 2000

At the computer that will share the product, perform the following steps:

  1. Click Start, click Settings, and then click Printers.

  2. Double-click the Add Printer icon to open the Add Printer wizard.

  3. Click Next to start the wizard.

  4. Select Network Printer, and then click Next.

  5. Type the path and share name of the product to which you want to connect.

    -or-

    Click Browse and navigate to find the product to which you want to connect.

  6. Click Yes or No when asked if you want to use this product as the default printer for Windows-based programs, and then click Next.

  7. Click Finish to complete the installation and close the Add Printer wizard.

    You might need the printing-system software CD to complete the printer driver installations.

Set up the client computers running Windows XP or Windows Vista

At the computer that will share the product, perform the following steps:

  1. Click Start, click Settings, and then click Printers and Faxes.

  2. In the column to the left, under Printer Tasks, click Add a printer to open the Add Printer wizard.

  3. Click Next to start the wizard.

  4. Select A network printer or a printer attached to another computer, and then click Next.

  5. Type the path and share name of the product to which you want to connect, and then click Next.

  6. Click Yes or No when asked if you want to use this product as the default printer for Windows-based programs, and then click Next.

  7. Click Finish to complete the installation and close the Add Printer wizard.

General Windows installation for network connections

Network setup

Set up, turn on, and connect the product to the network before installing the software.

To connect a product to a network, use the following instructions:

  1. Connect the product to the network.

  2. Turn on the product.

    You must complete the power-up sequence in this order or the installer discovery utility fails to recognize the product. It might take a few minutes for the product to obtain a TCP/IP address.
  3. To print a configuration page from the product control panel, press Setup. Use the arrow buttons to select Reports , and then press OK . Use the arrow buttons to select Config report and then press OK.

  4. Install the printing-system software. Use the information from the test pages to specify the network variables during installation.

General Windows installation instructions for network-connected computers

Complete the network setup before completing this procedure.

Each computer that has the printing-system software installed can use all of the product features that are available over a network connection, except for the Receive faxes to this computer feature, which can only be enabled for one computer.

To install the printing-system software on network-connected Windows operating systems, use the following instructions:

You must have administrator privileges to install the software.
  1. Quit all open programs.

  2. Insert the printing-system software CD into the CD-ROM drive.

    If the CD-ROM does not start automatically, click Start, click Run, and then browse to and double-click the SETUP.EXE file in the root directory of the CD.
  3. Click the appropriate installation type and follow the onscreen prompts.

  4. When the installer software prompts you to select how the product will be connected, select Through the network., and then click Next. Follow the onscreen instructions.

  5. If you are prompted to restart the computer, click Yes.

  6. After installation of the printing-system software, a test page prints, and dialog boxes appear that allow you to register the product over the Web and set up faxing.

Printer-driver only installation instructions

Use the following instructions to install only the printer driver:

If a port is not available for installation in Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Vista, create a port, click Have Disk, and insert the printing-system software CD that came with the product into the CD-ROM drive.
  1. From the Start menu, click Settings, and then click Printers (Windows 2000) or Printers and Faxes (Windows XP or Windows Vista).

  2. Double-click Add Printer, and then click Next.

  3. When asked if the product is a local or network product, select local, and then click Next.

    Use of a local port is recommended, if it is available. If no local port is available, create a new port.
  4. You might need to first select the product from the list or type a TCP/IP address. If the printer driver is not available, the Add Printer Wizard dialog box appears. Click Have Disk on the wizard screen.

  5. Insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive.

  6. To install the PCL 6 printer driver, navigate to the root folder of the CD (where X is the letter of the CD-ROM drive) and click OK. The Install Printer Software dialog box appears. Select the printer driver for the product and click OK.

    To install the HP postscript level 3 emulation printer driver, click Browse. Navigate to the X:\Drivers\Win2K_XP_Vista folder and click Open. The Install from Disk dialog box appears. Click OK. Select the printer driver for the product and click Next.

  7. Complete the installation. When prompted, print a test page to ensure that the printer driver is installed correctly.

Install printer drivers by using Add Printer

If the computer is running a 64‑bit MS Windows operating system, install the corresponding 64‑bit driver. The 64‑bit drivers are included on the software CD-ROM. Use the following steps to install a driver by using the Add Printer Wizard.

  1. Insert the Windows installation CD into the CD-ROM drive.

  2. Go to the Add Printer feature in Windows.

    • In Windows 2000, click Start on the desktop, click Settings, click Printers, and then click Add Printer. The Add Printer Wizard screen appears.

    • In Windows XP and Windows Vista, click Start on the desktop, click Settings, and then click Printers and Faxes. The Printers and Faxes window appears. Click Add Printer. The Add Printer Wizard screen appears.

  3. Use the Add Printer Wizard to find and connect to the product.

  4. Select the Have disk option on the Install Printer Software screen, and navigate to the appropriate driver file on the Windows printing-system software CD .

    • To install the HP PCL 6 printer driver, select the following file in the root directory:

      hppdp607.inf

    • To install the HP postscript level 3 emulation printer driver, select the following file:

      For 32-bit: \Drivers\win2k_xp_vista\PS\hppcps07.inf

      For 64-bit: \Drivers\winxp_vista_x64\PS\hppdps07.inf

  5. Complete the Add Printer Wizard steps. The driver is installed as part of the process.

Point-and-Print installation

Use the following information to install a printer driver by using the Microsoft Point-and-Print feature when you do not connect directly to the product on the network.

Point-and-Print is a Microsoft term that describes a two-step printer driver installation process. The first step is to install a shared printer driver on a network print server. The second step is to "point" to the print server from a network client so that the client can use the printer driver.

This section outlines the procedures for installing printer drivers by using Point-and-Print. If these procedures are not successful, contact Microsoft. HP provides printer drivers that are compatible with the Point-and-Print feature, but this is a function of the Windows operating systems, not of HP printer drivers.

Administrator privileges are necessary to install the printer driver.

In a homogenous operating system environment (one in which all of the clients and servers are running in the same operating system), the same printer driver version that is vended from the server to the clients in a Point-and-Print environment also runs and controls the print queue configuration on the server. However, in a mixed operating system environment (one in which servers and clients might run on different operating systems), conflicts can occur when client computers run a version of the printer driver that is different from the one on the print server.

In an effort to increase operating system stability, Microsoft determined that, starting with Windows 2000 and continuing with all future operating systems, printer drivers would run as user-mode processes. User-mode drivers run in a protected part of the operating system, as do all of the normal end-user processes and software programs. A user-mode printer driver that functions incorrectly can terminate (or “crash”) only the process in which it is running—not the whole operating system. Because access to critical system resources is restricted, overall operating system stability is increased.

Modify a pre-existing installation

If an HP LaserJet M2727 MFP Series has been previously installed, the initial CD browser screen on the printing-system installation CD changes to the Welcome Back! screen. A pre-existing installation also changes the sequence of installation screens.

1: HP LaserJet M2727 MFP Series CD browser screen — Welcome Back!

The Welcome Back! screen contains the following options:

  • Locate the User Guide. Click this option to open the user guide on the CD. To access the user guide in the future, re-insert the CD. Product manuals are also available on the HP product support Web site.

  • Install More Software. Click this option to install HP Easy Printer Care software.

  • Connect another HP LaserJet M2727 MFP Series. Click this option to quickly install another HP product using software that is already loaded on the computer.

  • More Information. Click this option to access product support on the Web, or other product help and useful tips.

  • Uninstall. Click this option to uninstall the printing-system software.

  • Exit. Click this option to close the CD browser.

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