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    Printer Driver in XP Mode?

    I have three HP Business InkJet 2800 printers that I use for printing quarterly newsletters from PDF files. There is no Windows 7 driver for them. I've been using an XP machine to print the newsletters, but I want to retire it.

    I've installed XP mode on one of my Windows 7 machines, but I've never worked with it before. Is it possible to install the XP drivers into the XP mode virtual machine (or whatever it is)? If so, how do I do it?
    Last edited by Lou Sander; 2013-09-08 at 19:40. Reason: Correct the printer name. It was erroneously stated as LaserJet 2800
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    I do not use XP Mode, but I would think if your are signed in to the XP mode OS, going to the HP site and downloading and installing the drivers while in XP Mode will install them into the XP OS. Unless someone else has an alternative, that is what I would attempt to do.

    If you are concerned about your host Win 7 OS, make a new Image just prior to attempting the install.
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    Lou, hello.
    I think that you have been around here for a while and this note might be redundant, but did you use the "normal" find a driver in Control Panel ? Devices and Printers -> Add a printer and let the OS look for a driver ? I had to do this to run a HP Wireless printer that had drivers for XP only. I like using old stuff.

    Then you could go to the HP site and with a few clicks, find that driver. YMMV. Jean.

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    You can find the Windows 7 Laserjet 2800 drivers here:
    http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport...odTypeId=18972

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    Jerry, Unfortunately Lou is looking to find XP drivers and install them in XP Mode on his Win 7 PC. The link also shows the Win XP drivers.
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    But he is only running XP mode because he thought there were no Windows 7 drivers.

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    This was posted earlier if I'm not mistaken; there actually are no Windows 7 drivers to download, instead it says for 64-bit, it should be recognized when plugged into a USB port and some basic HP drivers loaded. For 32-bit it indicates downloading the Vista 32-bit drivers and installing in compatibility mode for Vista.

    Otherwise one captures the USB port that the printer is plugged into from the Virtual PC menu, installing the drivers into XP Mode. As long as the USB port is captured and owned by XP Mode it's a normal install.
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    this was posted earlier if I'm not mistaken; there actually are no Windows 7 drivers to download,
    The link I posted has both 32 bit and 64 bit drivers for the printer.

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    Did you dive into the actual download links and information though? That's where I got my specifics from each time.
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    The links indicate that the drivers are included in Windows 7. you should just be able to plug in to a usb port if Windows 7 is up to date.
    Even Windows 8 is supposed to support the printer with limited functionality according to Microsoft's compatability site.

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    I'm afraid I have caused people a lot of trouble by posting in errer.

    The printers are Business InkJet 2800, not Laser Jet. There is apparently some sort of workaround to allow Windows 7 to use them, but it is said to be something less than a full performance situation. (I haven't researched it very much.) I know from experience that the printers are pretty finicky when printing my newsletters, even from the XP machine.

    When I discovered XP mode recently, I thought it might be the solution to my needs. I really want to retire the XP machine but I'm keeping it around for this one purpose.
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    I think you gotta give it a try with Windows 7 first, see how it goes. Those all say download and install drivers from WU with USB connection.
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    Hi Lou,

    Try these drivers for the Business Inkjet 2800 for Window 7 from HP
    http://h20565.www2.hp.com/portal/sit...4892.492883150

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    Only thing I found there besides actual drivers for XP and Win2K was the small utility, HP Print and Scan Doctor (Vista,Win7 and Win8).

    Here is the install instructions from one of the Win7 drivers links: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&dlc=en&docname=c01874792&lc=en
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    I just went further into the website and got the message that the drivers for the Hp 2800 business inkjet are included in Windows 7. You should be able to connect the printer and click "Add Printer" from devices and printers (if it doesn't self install).

    Hope this helps.

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