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    new printer driver for HP LaserJet 4 (Windows XP 5.1.2600)

    I am having problems printing from Quicken 2001 to a shared printer (HP LaserJet 4). I went to the HP site and downloaded the latest printer driver to install. When I started the install I was warned that this was NOT a digitally signed driver (MS approved) and if I installed it bad things could happen to my system immediately or at any time in the future. Does this mean I have to wait until the HP driver gets the MS seal of approval to install it without risk??

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    Re: new printer driver for HP LaserJet 4 (Windows XP 5.1.2600)

    You don't need to wait. But understanding what that message meant would be helpful.

    Microsoft, with the release of Windows XP, started to be aggressive about digital driver signing. What that means, essentially, is that when you install drivers that are not approved by Microsoft for compatibility, is that you are taking in to your own hands the fate of your system. Driver signing is a good thing, because it should mean that the druver you're installing has been tested thoroughly and should mean problem free operation. In reality, it's very new and not all software companies really care - so You can install adriver, ceritified or not, and it will usually be fine. It's the idea that you are taking a chance and you know it by that message.

    Phew. Bottom line - you will probably be fine, since you can roll back the driver's installation, but not as safe as if the driver is digitally signed.
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    Re: new printer driver for HP LaserJet 4 (Windows XP 5.1.2600)

    Thanks for your clarification and advice... like you said, if it doesn't work, I can always install the old one!

    I wonder how long does it usually take to be "signed" by MS?

    Georgette

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    Re: new printer driver for HP LaserJet 4 (Windows XP 5.1.2600)

    Hey, let''s just hope it works. I don't know how long it takes for a driver to be officially "signed" but I wouldn't be surprised if it took a while to get it done. It's important to remember that only the rules of the game have changed - XP happens to be stricter about enforcing the driver signing rules. It was there in Windows 2000 as well, but you didn't get an ugly threat about compromising your PC when you went with what you had!
    -Mark

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    Re: new printer driver for HP LaserJet 4 (Windows XP 5.1.2600)

    "compromising your PC when you went with what you had"
    This is because MS was and is being blamed for the venders bad drivers. Also this goes along with the third part SW that messes up your system and who is to blame?, no one but MS.

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    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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