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HP Deskjet 3845 Printer - Printer Driver Is Not Recognized During the Installation

Issue:
During the typical installation, the PC does not recognize the printer drivers causing the installation to stop.
This document applies to the HP Deskjet 3845 series printers when being installed on Windows 98, Me, 2000, and XP.
Workaround
Please, follow the steps below in order to install the printer driver:
  1. Make sure the HP Deskjet 3845 printer light is on.
  2. Make sure the HP CD Software shipped with the printer is available.
    note:
    The latest printer driver can also be downloaded from the hp web site. Click here to go to hp.com software and driver search and enter the HP printer model in order to obtain the software.
  3. Launch the installation and click the Next button.
  4. Wait while the printer software is being installed.
  5. When the Looking for new hardware window appears, follow the instructions and connect the USB cable to the printer and the PC.
      warning:
    Do NOT press the Cancel button.
  6. When the window below appears, select the Install from a list or specific location (Advanced) option and click the Next button.
  7. In the following window, select the Don't search. I will choose the driver to install option and click the Next button.
  8. In the following window, select Printers as hardware type and click the Next button.
  9. Click the Have Disk button.
  10. Using the Browse button, navigate to the folder where the driver was decompressed, select the appropriate .inf file and press the OK button.
  11. In the following window select HP Deskjet 3840 Series and click the Next button.
  12. An Update Driver Warning window will appear. Click the Yes button.
  13. Please wait while the wizard installs the software.
  14. When the window below appears, click the Finish button.
  15. The Looking for new hardware window will now appear.
      warning:
    Do NOT press the Cancel button.
  16. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and access the Windows Task Manager.
    Select Looking for new hardware under the Applications tab.
  17. Right click on Looking for new hardware and select the Go To Process menu option.
  18. In the following window, click the End Process button.
  19. The Looking for new hardware window will now disappear and the InstallShield Wizard will finish the installation process.
  20. Click the Finish button.
  21. The printer driver is now installed on the computer and the unit is ready to work.

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