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HP LaserJet - Install an HP Universal Print Driver (UPD) using a USB connection to enable print-only function in Windows 7
This document provides download and installation instructions for Universal Print Drivers (UPDs) provided by HP for most LaserJet products that will be installed in Microsoft Windows 7. This document also contains information about UPDs to help guide you in selecting the correct UPD type or in determining whether or not a UPD is the best choice for your product.
NOTE: Do NOT install a universal print driver (UPD) unless you have a print-only product and you know that reinstalling using a UPD is the correct solution. If you are trying to resolve a particular issue or error message, reinstalling a driver might not resolve the issue.
If you are not sure, go to How to Select the Correct Print Driver (c00751649) (in English) or search for help documents that pertain to your specific issue or error message.
About universal print drivers (UPDs)
Even if a Universal Printer Driver option(s) is listed, this may not be the best driver choice for your product.
Universal print drivers (UPDs) are print-only drivers and are not recommended for use with multifunction or all-in-one products where scanning or faxing software and drivers are needed.
UPDs are 'one-size-fits-all' drivers (not product-specific) created to facilitate product installations typically in a commercial or business environment where there are multiple printer or product types and a series of drivers might be needed. UPDs are often used by business administrators / IT Help desks that want to share or distribute a small driver that enables basic software functionality.
When to use a UPD
Normally, the full solution or product-specific driver is recommended for most products when available for download at www.hp.com/go/support.
If the full solution or a product-specific driver is not available, you might use a UPD in one or more of the following conditions:
Universal Print Drivers (UPDs) are a good driver choice for print-only products because these drivers ONLY provide print capability.
If you are using a multifunction or all-in-one product, and there is no other driver option available, the In-OS driver included in the Windows 7 operating system is considered a better choice than UPD. While some of the advanced software features might not be available, customers can use this driver with either the product control panel or the Scan and Fax feature in Windows. For more information, go to Use the software in Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit versions) to fax and scan (c02539136) (in English).
If a UPD is not right for you or you are not sure, go to How to Select the Correct Print Driver (c00751649) (in English) or search for driver installation instructions specific to your product before trying a UPD.
The type of UPD driver you use may depend on your environment and printing needs.
NOTE: UPD drivers can be found under the Driver - Universal Print Driver section (shown below) on the individual product support and driver page or directly at www.hp.com/go/upd . The UPD type can be identified by the name appended to the end of the file name (e.g. PCL 5, PCL 6, Postscript, etc.).
Figure 1: Universal Print Driver section found on the product page at www.hp.com
For instructions on how to download one of these driver options, see section Download and save the driver .
If you know that you need a UPD driver but are not sure which driver to select, use the following information as a guide.
Which UPD do I choose?
In some cases, only one UPD driver is available for a product. In this case, use the available driver.
If two or more UPD drivers are available, use the following information as a guide to select the driver most appropriate for your environment:
After you determine the correct UPD driver for your environment and printing needs, see section Download and run the driver setup .
Drivers and Universal Print Drivers (UPDs) are available for most products. If none of the drivers mentioned above are available, your product may not be supported. For more information, go to Products Not Supported in Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit versions) (c02535920) (in English).
Step one: Download and run the driver setup
This section provides information on how to download the Universal Print Driver (UPD) and run the driver setup from www.hp.com/go/upd. The Universal Print Driver (UPD) is also available for download from Support & Drivers .
NOTE: The following screen shots are intended as a guide. There may be slight variances between products. Follow the on-screen prompts during the installation process to complete the driver installation for your product.
Step two: Install the driver on a new printer using a direct connection (USB)
After downloading the UPD, follow these steps to install the driver files using a USB cable.
NOTE: If you receive a Windows security alert(s), allow the installation to continue.
More information for MFPs and AiOs
Universal print drivers are recommended primarily for printers and not for multifunction or all-in-one products because these 'print' drivers do not have scan or fax drivers included. If you are using a Multifunction or All-in-One product, first try a full solution or other non-UPD driver.
In some cases, a separate driver download may be available to enable scan and fax software functionality. These options should be used INSTEAD of a UPD. Examples of fax and/or scan drivers include the following:
These are typically located on the individual product pages under the Software , Driver , or Utility sections.
If there are no fax or scan drivers available for your product, or when full software functionality is not available through the product driver, you might be able to fax and scan using the Scan and Fax feature in Windows. For more information, go to Use the software in Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit versions) to fax and scan (c02539136) (in English).
You can also fax and copy manually using the buttons on the product control panel.
NOTE: This applies only to multifunction products (MFPs) and All-in-Ones (AiOs).