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HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401 - Installing the printer software in Windows on a Wired (Ethernet) Network

  note:
The HP printer must be set up before you install the printer software. If you have not already set up the printer, follow the instructions for setting up your product hardware.
Installation and driver options
Review the following information to decide which installation option to use.
CD
Download
For a new product
CD installation is also a quick and easy method, but might not contain the latest software available, even for a newer product.
Downloading the software is free from the HP Web site and it includes the latest product-specific drivers, installer software, and other administrative tools.
The software download is the preferred solution as it provides full product software functionality or the most advanced features available for the product. This driver is the best option and is recommended for most multi-function products when available.
For an older product
CD installation might not work if you are installing the product on a computer running a newer operating system that released after the HP product released.
Downloading the software provides good results for older products and can help avoid installation issues.
About the software
The software on the CD is current only to the date of the product release.
The software available from the HP Web site is the most current software available for your product. HP often updates software and drivers after the product and CD release to the market.
In addition to software installation options, there are also multiple types of print drivers available for some products. For Windows, the following options might be available:
HP PCL 6 print driver: The HP PCL 6 print driver is included on the in-box CD and is the default print driver. The HP PCL 6 print driver has the following characteristics:
  • Recommended for all Windows environments and for most printing needs, including general office applications such as word processing or spreadsheets
  • Provides the overall best speed, print quality, and product-feature support for most users
  • Developed to align with the Windows Graphic Device Interface (GDI) for the best speed in Windows environments
  • Might not be fully compatible with third-party and custom software programs that are based on PCL 5
HP Universal Print Driver (UPD): The HP Universal Print Driver (UPD) for Windows is designed to easily manage print environments with multiple printers on a network. The HP UPD is a good choice for a print-only product because this driver ONLY provides print capability.
To use the UPD, download it from the HP Web site. For more information, go to www.hp.com/go/upd.
Windows® installation for a wired (Ethernet) network connection using the in-box CD
  1. Connect the network cable to the product and to the network, if it is not connected already. Wait a few minutes for the product to acquire a network address.
  2. Verify that a network connection has been established. On the product control panel, touch the Network button. If an IP address is listed, the network connection has been established.
      note:
    An IP address like 192.168.0.1, for example, is a numeric code that uniquely identifies a device, like a computer or a printer, on a network.
  3. Insert the printing system software CD into the CD-ROM drive. The software installer detects the language of the operating system, and then displays the main menu of the installation program in the same language.
    If the installer program has not started after 30 seconds, complete these steps:
    1. On the Start menu, click the Run option.
    2. Type the following: X:\SETUP.EXE (where X is the letter of the CD-ROM drive).
    3. Click the OK button. The installer program starts.
        note:
      If the User Account Control dialog box opens, click Allow or Yes to continue.
  4. The Software Selection screen details the software to be installed.
    • The recommended software installation includes the PCL 6 print driver and software for all available product features. To proceed with the recommended software installation, click the Next button.
    • To customize the software installed, click the Customize software selections link. When finished, click the Next button.
  5. Read the license agreement, click the I have reviewed and accept the installation agreements check box, and then click the Next button to continue.
  6. The Preparing to Install screen displays. When the installer is finished, the Next button will display. Click the Next button to continue
  7. When prompted to choose a connection type, select Connect through a wired network.
  8. Click the Automatically find my product on the network option. If the installer cannot find the product, enter the product's IP address, host name, or hardware address manually. Click the Next button.
  9. A list of products is displayed on the Network Product(s) Found screen. Select the product from the list, and then click the Next button.
  10. When the installation completes, the Product Configuration screen displays. Select whether the product should be the default printer and whether to print a test page. Click the Next button.
  11. The Enable HP Web Services screen displays. To enable Web services now, click the Next button. To enable Web services later, click the Cancel button. HP Web services are not required for software installation.
    For more details on enabling HP Web services and HP ePrint, click here for information about setting up HP ePrint.
  12. The Finish screen displays. From this screen, installation wizards are available to configure additional product features. Configure the additional product features now or later.
  13. Click the Finish button to complete the product installation.
Windows® installation for a wired (Ethernet) network connection by downloading the software
  1. Connect the network cable to the product and to the network, if it is not connected already. Wait a few minutes for the product to acquire a network address.
  2. Verify that a network connection has been established. On the product control panel, touch the Network button. If an IP address is listed, the network connection has been established.
      note:
    An IP address like 192.168.0.1, for example, is a numeric code that uniquely identifies a device, like a computer or a printer, on a network.
  3. Browse to the Drivers & Downloads page for your product: HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401
  4. If prompted, select the product from the list of similar products on the page.
  5. Select the correct operating system, and then click Next.
  6. Click Driver, and then review the available driver options. The options available vary depending on the product.
      note:
    HP recommends the Full Software Solution option to optimize product performance and features.
  7. Click a driver item to select it, review the driver details, and then click Download.
  8. If the File Download Security Warning window displays, click Save, and then browse to a location on the computer to save the file.
  9. Click Save. The software downloads to the computer. Make note of the saved file location.
  10. When the download is complete, click Open Folder, and then click the downloaded file. The file name ends in .exe.
      note:
    If the Download Complete screen closed, browse to the saved location for the .exe file, and then click it.
      note:
    If the User Account Control dialog box opens, click Allow or Yes to continue.
  11. Accept the default place to save the files. Click Next, and then wait while the installer extracts the files to prepare for installation.
  12. The Software Selection screen details the software to be installed.
    • The recommended software installation includes the PCL 6 print driver and software for all available product features. To proceed with the recommended software installation, click the Next button.
    • To customize the software installed, click the Customize software selections link. When finished, click the Next button.
  13. Read the license agreement, click the I have reviewed and accept the installation agreements check box, and then click the Next button to continue.
  14. The Preparing to Install screen displays. When the installer is finished, click the Next button to continue.
  15. When prompted to choose a connection type, select Connect through a wired network.
  16. Click the Automatically find my product on the network option. If the installer cannot find the product, enter the product's IP address, host name, or hardware address manually. Click the Next button.
  17. A list of products is displayed on the Network Product(s) Found screen. Select the product from the list, and then click the Next button.
  18. When the installation completes, the Product Configuration screen displays. Select whether the product should be the default printer and whether to print a test page. Click the Next button.
  19. The Enable HP Web Services screen displays. To enable Web services now, click the Next button. To enable Web services later, click the Cancel button. HP Web services are not required for software installation.
    For more details on enabling HP Web services and HP ePrint, click here for information about setting up HP ePrint.
  20. The Finish screen displays. From this screen, installation wizards are available to configure additional product features. Configure the additional product features now or later.
  21. Click the Finish button to complete the product installation.

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