The article describes the procedure of updating drivers of an HP printer. Drivers are the software applications that establish communication between a computer and a hardware device like printer. Driver updates can help you make best use of your HP printer by improving its efficiency and print quality and on the other hand fixing most of the common issues that may occur due to the regular or irregular use.
Though the procedure of driver update is simple, you may stumble upon problems that may trigger the need of looking for HP help options. The below mentioned guide will help you perform the procedure on your own and without the help of HP support.
Turn on your computer (if it’s not already) and open your internet browser like Firefox or Internet Explorer etc. Go to HP’s official website (HP.com) and browse to the Support & Drivers section (on the top of the screen).
Enter your product’s name or number like LaserJet 1100 in the blank field and then click on the Search button. If you don’t know anything about your product, then click on the How do I find my product name/number link below the blank box. It will display a list of all the HP products. Choose your product by clicking on its link and then you will see the graphical text instructions to locate the product name or number.
Once you have found the name or number, go back to the Support & Drivers section and type it in the desired box. Hit the Search button and it will display the different versions of that particular product. One of them can be chosen as desired. The versions will only be displayed if you didn’t enter the complete model number of your product. Take the example of LaserJet 1100. If you entered only LaserJet 1100 in the Search box, it will display the series of all its versions like XI, SE etc.
When done, you will be directed to another page. Make the language selection by clicking on the drop down menu below Choose your software/driver language. Select your Windows operating system (OS) by clicking on the desired link below the heading Select Operating System.
Under the heading Useful links, you can click to check any of these optional links viz. Automatically check if your drivers need updating (MS Windows x..), Selecting the Correct Printer Driver, or These downloads are available for customers according to the terms in the HP Software License Agreement. If you choose the first link, it will automatically determine whether your printer drivers need to be updated or not.
The second link will educate you about selecting and downloading correct, compatible drivers for your device. The third link will discuss what are license and terms & conditions for different types of customers. If you don’t want to go through all these links, then skip the Useful Links section. See under Operating System: Microsoft Windows v.section.
You will see two links viz. Applications and Driver under Quick jump to downloads by category under the language selection. If you don’t want to download any application for your printer, then skip to the Driver section. There will be displayed the available drivers with current version, file size, and estimated download time details. Click on the Download button next to each driver and start downloading.
When prompted, click on the Save button to save the file. Choose Desktop or Download folder as the save location. Browse to the location and open the file to initiate the setup. Follow instructions and complete the procedure. When prompted, reboot your computer to save the changes. If you have more driver downloads to go, repeat the above mentioned procedure.
If you encounter problems like incomplete print documents or slow printing etc. you might not have installed a correct, compatible driver for your printer. To get rid of the problem, you can run an online diagnostic test using the HP Printer Check Tool. Visit HP Business Support Center and browse to the Self help resources link and then the automatic driver checker section to begin checking. The online tool will then check whether you are using a compatible, correct printer driver. Besides, it will recommend you updating driver if you haven’t already done so. It will also tell your current drivers are updated or not.
You must download and install latest updates including driver, applications etc. on a regular basis.