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Install a Windows 8 Driver with Windows Update

This document pertains to HP printers and Windows 8.
This document explains how to install a Windows 8 Update printer driver for your HP printer for a USB or a network connection. When you connect the USB cable to the printer and then to the computer, or Windows 8 detects that the printer is on the same network as the PC, Windows activates Windows Update. Windows Update searches online for the most recent in-OS print driver on the Windows Update site. If the online driver is more recent than the driver stored in Windows, the computer downloads and installs the updated driver. The Windows Update process takes place automatically.
 note:
With this basic driver, some of the buttons on the printer do not function and some of the advanced printer features are not available. For more information about your driver and to see workarounds, see the Frequently asked questions section in this document.
Install the printer driver using Windows Update
Use these steps to install the printer driver using a USB connection, a wired (Ethernet) connection, or a wireless connection.
 note:
If you are not using the latest version of Windows 8, the information in this document might not match. You can get the latest version from the Microsoft Store.
  1. Turn the printer on.
  2. Turn on the computer, and connect it to the Internet.
  3. Connect a USB cable to the printer and then to the computer, or connect the printer to the wired (Ethernet) or wireless network. Windows 8 automatically searches for the most recent driver for your printer.
  4. Wait for the installation to complete.
     note:
    If Windows 8 did not automatically install the printer, follow the steps in the Frequently asked questions section to manually install the printer.
Frequently asked questions
Listed below are frequently asked questions about getting the latest driver updates with Windows Update and how to use the installed software features.

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