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HP LaserJet Series Printers - Understanding '(Copy 2)' Printer Icons

About “(Copy 2)” printer icons
When installing new printer drivers in the Printers folder, Microsoft (R) Windows names the printer icon after the name of the printer driver installed. Windows requires that each printer in the Printers folder have a unique name. Therefore, when installing a new printer driver whose name is the same as an existing driver, Windows adds the words "(Copy 2)" to the printer name. This process is described in the following sections.
 note:
Whenever the new and old driver names are the same, and Replace Existing Driver is selected during the installation, the new HP printer driver replaces the existing driver. Any printer that was set to use the old driver is now set to use the new driver. If Keep Existing Driver is selected, the new driver will not be installed although the installation process appears to continue.
To view any available driver/software updates for your HP product, CLICK HERE to go to the Software & Driver Downloads web page. Under Select a task and enter a product name/number:, click Download drivers and software (and firmware) then enter your product name or model number and click on the arrow to the right of the search box to view any available driver/software updates for your product. To view and download them, click on your operating system. Note that these updates are product and operating system specific. Also, they may not be available for all operating systems.
“(Copy 2)” printer icons when using Add Printer
When printer drivers are installed using the Add Printer wizard, a new printer icon is created in the Printers folder. When the new printer uses the same name as an existing printer, Windows creates a new printer icon and adds the words "(Copy 2)" to the name. The following example illustrates this process.
Assume that an existing printer uses Microsoft's HP LaserJet 2100 Series PCL 5e printer driver, and a printer is added using Hewlett-Packard's new HP LaserJet 2100 Series PCL 5e driver. The following actions take place:
  • The new printer will be named "HP LaserJet 2100 Series PCL 5e (Copy 2)."
     note:
    Windows will not add the words “(Copy 2)” if the existing printer name was previously changed - for example, "Printer in Front Office”.
  • Both printers are set to use the new HP LaserJet 2100 PCL 5e printer driver.
Either printer icon may be renamed. If the first printer is not needed it can be deleted.
“(Copy 2)” printer icons when using New Driver
The New Driver option allows users to configure an existing printer to use a new or different driver. When the new and old printer drivers use the same name (and the printer in the Printers folder uses the default driver name), Windows adds the words "(Copy 2)" to the printer name. The following example illustrates this process.
Assume that an existing printer uses Microsoft's HP LaserJet 2100 Series PCL 5e printer driver. The driver is then changed to Hewlett-Packard's new HP LaserJet 2100 Series PCL 5e driver by using the New Driver option. The printer will be named "HP LaserJet 2100 Series PCL 5e (Copy 2)."
 note:
Windows will not alter the printer name if it was previously changed - for example, "Printer in Front Office.”
The printer icon may be renamed before or after the New Driver process.

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