HP LaserJet Will Not Print After Upgrading to Windows 7

The Add Printer Option

So I had to try another method and what I did was to go the option of add a printer. The printer was added successfully and it was now time to try printing a test page. After sending the test page, the printer made the usual noise and I crossed my fingers waiting for it to pick the paper. Then silence! No error message on the printer and on the computer and no printout.

I decided that after restarting everything would work. After restarting both, nothing. I was getting frustrated and worried that I could have damaged the printer unintentionally. I had connected the USB cable while the printer was on before seeing a message saying that this could damage your printer. Checking on the printer spooler, the test page indicated that the test page was printing, but at this juncture, I knew otherwise.

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HP LaserJet P1005 Will Not Print After Upgrading to Windows 7

You can get into trouble using the wrong or even not supported device drivers. I recently bought an Acer Computer for a customer and upgraded the Operating System from Windows XP to Windows 7.

Everything went well from software installation, data restore up until it came to the point of hardware section. I installed the printer drivers for the HP LaserJet P1005 but upon reaching the point where one is told to connect the printer, I did the same but the two could not communicate. This was even after restarting both the printer and the computer. This is the point where a technician starts sweating.

Driver Compatibility Issue

Something had to be done because time was running out and the customer uses the printer a lot. Poor me, I decided to test the printer on the old machine I had removed it from. It worked. So what? It is at that time I realized that I was grappling with a driver compatibility issue. The drivers I had could not be used in Windows 7. Something I should have thought the first time I encountered the problem.

Hp Support and Drivers

Immediately I went to HP support and drivers. At first, I downloaded HP LaserJet Hostbased Plug and Play Basic Driver and installed. They did not work. I went back to the site and downloaded the full feature software and drivers for the HP LaserJet P1005. I un-installed the Windows XP drivers that I had and installed the Windows 7(32 bit) HP LaserJet P1005 full version drivers. I crossed my fingers and waited. Within a short time, I was requested to connect the printer, I did so and the two communicated. That was it, everything would be fine. Afterwards I printed a test page and a normal printing. Everything was okay. I had a big sigh of relieve and could manage a smile as I received my check.

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Patkay 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

Thanks lucy, I hope the hub was useful to you as well as others who might have been stuck.


lucy 3 years ago

good work patkay


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Patkay 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

Sure cuttler, the same will apply for Windows 8. Thanks for visiting, sharing and commenting. I am glad you liked it.


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cuttler 3 years ago from HubPages

Cool information. Am sure the same would apply for windows 8 incompatibility issues...thanks for sharing. Voted up, shared n interesting/ useful

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