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HP Color LaserJet 2600n - Install HP print software via a network in Windows 8


Windows 8 users can use this document to learn how to install print software for the HP Color LaserJet 2600n in Windows 8 on a network using the host-based driver solution. To view the recommended solution for another product, go to Windows 8 support (c03365145) (in English).


Step one: Download the driver

  1. Go to HP Support & Drivers and select Drivers & Software .

  2. Type the printer name / number in the Enter a product name/number search box, and then click Search or press Enter .

  3. Select the LaserJet model from the search results.

  4. Select the language from the drop-down list and then select the operating system.

  5. Locate the host-based driver option, click Download , click Save , browse to the location where you want to save the .exe file, and then click Save .

    NOTE: If you receive a prompt to install .Net, click OK and follow the steps to install it.


Step two: Check the connections and pre-install the driver files

  1. Power on the product and then wait until it arrives at a Ready state.

  2. When the printer Ready light is on and no other jobs are printing, press and hold the Go button on the printer control panel for 5 seconds to print a configuration page and obtain the IP address.

  3. Make sure the network cable is connected to the printer and to the computer.

  4. Make sure the network is configured, and that the computer has an active network connection.

  5. Double-click the .exe file downloaded previously.

    NOTE: If you receive a prompt to install .Net, click OK and follow the steps to install it.
  6. Select I accept the terms in the license agreement , click Next , and then wait while the driver files are pre-installed.

  7. When prompted to connect the USB cable, click Cancel to abort the setup, and then click Yes to confirm.


Step three: Install the driver on a network using Devices and Printers

  1. From the Windows Start page, right-click the bottom of the page, click All Apps , and then click Control Panel .

  2. Under Hardware and Sound, click View devices and printers , and then click Add a printer .

  3. While Windows searches for available printers, click The printer that I want isn't listed .

  4. Select Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings and then click Next .

  5. Select Create a new port , select Standard TCP/IP port from the drop-down list, and then click Next .

  6. Type the printer IP address (or Printer host name), click Next , and then wait while the port is created.

    NOTE: If prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  7. Select HP from the Manufacturer list, scroll down to select the printer from the Printers list, and then click Next .

    NOTE: If you have previously installed this printer model, you might be prompted to use the driver that is currently installed. If so, select Replace the current driver and then click Next .
  8. Use the default or type the printer name and then click Next .

    NOTE: If prompted, select Do not share this printer and then click Next .
  9. Select Set as the default printer , and then click Print a test page , or click Finish to complete the installation and close the window.


Step four: Disable bi-directional support

  1. In the Devices and Printer window, right-click the printer and then click Printer Properties .

  2. Click the Ports tab, de-select the Enable bidirectional support checkbox, click Apply , and then click OK .

    NOTE: If the bi-directional support is enabled, Windows will display an error message when printing.
  3. Click the General tab, and then print a test page.


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