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HP Single-Function Printers - Installing the Printer Software in Windows 7 for a USB Cable Connection
The drivers for your HP product are already included in the new Windows 7 operating system! You do not need to download drivers to use the product. Simply connect the printer to your computer with a USB cable, and Windows Update automatically installs the driver for your product.
With the in-OS driver, some of the buttons on the product do not function and some of the advanced product features are not available. For more information about your in-OS driver, and to see workarounds for lost functionality, go to the Frequently asked questions section.
Install the Windows 7 in-Operating System (in-OS) print driver
When you connect your printer to the computer, Windows 7 detects the hardware and automatically installs the correct driver. A notification lets you know when installation begins and when it is complete. You do not have to download any software or insert the product CD.
Step one: Install the in-OS driver
Follow these steps to install the in-OS driver in Windows 7.
NOTE: The computer must be connected to the Internet for Windows Update to detect and install your product.
Your basic Windows 7 driver is now installed. Some functions might not be available, but you can use workaround procedures instead. See our Frequently Asked Questions section below.
Step two: Print a document
Print from any software program to make sure your printer is working correctly.
Frequently asked questions
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How can I make sure I always have the latest Windows 7 in-OS driver?
You can use Windows Update to automatically search for and install the latest in-OS driver for your printer.
Video of setting Windows Update to automatic
The following video demonstrates how to set Windows Update to automatic in Windows 7.
What limitations will I see with a Windows 7 in-OS driver?
Note the following limited functionalities with an in-OS driver:
How do I print with an in-OS driver?
Use these steps to print from a software program.
Video of how to print from a software program
Watch the following video for a demonstration of printing from a software program with Windows 7 operating system.
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, click here to play the video on YouTube .
How do I import and view images on a memory card?
If your product has a memory card slot, follow these steps to access images on a memory card.
Video of importing and viewing images on a memory card
The following video demonstrates how to import and view images on a memory card in Windows 7.
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, click here to play the video on YouTube.
I've always used HP Solution Center and HP Toolbox. What will I use now?
Use the following workarounds to gain Solution Center and Toolbox functionality in the in-OS driver.
HP Solution Center workarounds
Use the following HP Solution Center workarounds when you install the product with the driver in Windows 7.
HP Toolbox workarounds
Use the following HP Toolbox workarounds when you install the product using the driver in Windows 7.
Visit HP Consumer Forums or the HP Store for additional information.
HP Consumer Forums
Upgrade your printer
To find an HP printer or All-in-One that provides all the great features you’re looking for, click here to visit the HP Store (US only) on the HP website.