Can I now use my old HP printer in win7 ?(16 posts)
One of the reasons I haven't upgraded to WIN 7 is my HP1300 LaserJet. Even though it still works well and toner is still available at a reasonable price, the jerks discontinued support for it (HP has been bad about that and for jacking up the prices of toner, etc. lately). Being the cheap old broad I am, I want to wring every bit of use out of it I can.
Did you install the Microsoft UAA driver-definitely needed as well.
Unfortunately you cant use XP mode or virtual mode for Home Premium,unless you use the VM Player as you mentioned.
HP does list a patch for upgrading Vista to Win 7 HERE
Try installing the Vista driver and patching
OP's HP psc 2355 shows Win 7 drivers available via Windows updates or Microsoft install disk. If it's an upgrade from Vista to 7, then the patch needs to be used. The UAA driver should already be installed by Windows, then the patch, then the Win 7 driver, if I'm not mistaken.
@GK1610 Last time I checked, the printer wasn't compatible with even Vista. When I had contacted HP, their wonderful India based support system informed me support for the 1300 had been discontinued and wouldn't ever be compatible with anything higher than 32 bit XP (the India based support system, an oxy moron at best, is one of several reasons I will never own another HP product). Since the PCL6 driver (the one the printer uses) now claims to be WIN 7 32 bit compatible, I'll check it out when I do upgrade to WIN 7 (but have the money on hand for a new printer anyway in case they lied, something not unusual for them).
@baldeguy56 The WIN 7 Compatibility Center may show 32 and 64 bit compatibility but HP's site shows compatibility only for 32 bit.
OK, this is wacky. Here is what it says up to where one downloads it:
Type: Driver - Universal Print Driver
Version: 5.0.3 (16 Dec 2009)
Operating System(s): Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit), Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 W32, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP
File name: upd-503-pcl5_winxp-vista.exe (14 MB)
Further down the page it says something about it will support 64 bit but I can't really make any sense of the rest of it. I'm not even certain it's talking about the same driver (HP's websites have always been obscure to me).
Whatever. I'll worry about it when I upgrade to WIN 7 (late this year at the earliest, if then). I have the driver book marked. If it works, fine. If not, I'll get a new printer (NOT an HP!); I've been considering getting a wide media laser anyway.
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