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HP printer Icon is Missing in Devices and Printers After a Network Installation in Windows 7

Issue
When you open the Devices and Printers window, the HP printer icon is missing. However, the printer is functioning correctly.
Figure : Example HP printer icon in the 'Devices and Printers' window
Image: HP printer icon example in the Devices and Printers folder
Solution
Follow these steps to uninstall the software, update Windows 7, and then reinstall the software.
  1. On the Windows taskbar, click the Windows icon (), and then click Programs. A list of programs installed on your computer displays.
  2. Click the HP folder, and then click the folder with the name and model number of your printer.
  3. Click Uninstall, and then follow the on-screen instructions. The software uninstalls.
  1. On the Windows taskbar, click the Windows icon (), click Control Panel, click System and Security, and then click Windows Update.
  2. Click Check for updates, and then follow the on-screen instructions to install all non-optional Windows updates.
  1. Turn on the printer.
  2. Disconnect the USB cable from the printer and the computer (if you already connected it). If the printer is connected to your network, leave it connected.
  3. Use one of the available methods to identify your printer model.
    The Software & Drivers page displays when the printer model is identified.
    Figure : Example of the Software & Drivers menu
    Image: Example of the Software & Drivers menu
  4. Select your operating system, and then click Submit.
    A list of drivers and other downloads displays.
  5. Under Driver - Product Installation Software, click Download.
  6. If an HP Download and Install Assistant window displays, select Use HP Download and Install Assistant (Recommended) or Download only, and then click Next.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions to save the driver to your computer.
  8. If you used the Download only method, open or run the driver file, and then follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.

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