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HP LaserJet Enterprise - Install HP print software on a Windows 8 computer using a USB cable

Introduction

This document provides instructions on how to download and install HP full feature drivers and software or full solution on a Windows 8 computer when using a USB connection with a LaserJet Enterprise printer or MFP. For instructions on using a network connection, go to Install HP print software on a Windows 8 computer through a network (c03595343) (in English)
note:
For installation instructions for a LaserJet Pro Printer, go to Install HP print and scan software on a Windows 8 computer using a USB cable (c03470540) (in English).

Applicable products

Not all LaserJets have full feature drivers and software available. For recommended solutions per printer, go to Driver and software support for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 (c03365145) (in English).

What you need to know

Full feature drivers or full solutions are recommended for most printers when available. The full solution is a collection of software that includes the complete set of drivers, installer software, and other administrative tools that are normally provided with the printer's software CD.
These steps are intended for customers that do not have the latest CD and need the newer drivers and software, or who want to upgrade from the InOS or Windows Update print driver to more advanced features.
Before you begin, follow these instructions:
  • Do NOT connect the USB cable until you are prompted to do so during the software installation process.
  • Temporarily close any screen savers, or other software programs running on the computer.
  • Up to 400 MB of free hard disk space might be required to use this download. Make sure that you have enough memory and space on the computer to download the full solution and set aside enough time to allow the download to complete.
  • If you need a smaller file because you do not have enough free hard disk space or internet bandwidth, use the print/scan or print-only driver (Basic, Host-based, PCL6, or UPD) available for download on hp.com. If these options are not available, use the InOS driver or Windows Update driver.
    note:
    If you are not sure whether the InOS driver is already installed, or for more information on how to install the driver included in Windows 8 or Windows Update, go to Install the driver for an HP printer on a network in Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 (c03470332) (in English).

About scanning

Scan software is not available for the printers listed below, and scanning is only supported via a network. For the following printers, use the Embedded Web Server (EWS) to scan in Windows 8:
  • HP Color LaserJet Enterprise CM4540 MFP series
  • HP LaserJet Enterprise M4555 MFP series
  • HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 MFP M525
  • HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color MFP M575
  • HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M630
  • HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M651 Printer
  • HP Color LaserJet Enterprise Multifunction M680 Printer
  • HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M725 series
  • HP LaserJet Enterprise 700 color MFP M775 series

Step one: Download the installer files needed to run the USB installation

This step is required to successfully install the drivers and software via a USB connection. Do not skip this step unless installing on a network. If Windows Update is enabled, you can also run Windows Update to automatically obtain and install the necessary files.
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For the HP LaserJet Enterprise CP4025 or CP4525, follow the specific steps for that printer in the Enterprise CP4020, CP4025, and CP4525 section below.
  1. Go to Software and Drivers, and then click Printer.
  2. Type the printer name or model number in the text field, and then click Submit.
  3. Select your operating system from the list if it is not automatically detected.
  4. Under the Driver - USB section, locate the HP LaserJet USB (DOT4) communication driver for Windows 8 file.
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    If the DOT4 driver is not listed, skip to Step two: Download the latest HP software and drivers.
  5. Click Download, click Run, and then wait for the process to finish.
    note:
    If you receive a prompt to install .Net, click OK and follow the steps to install it.

Enterprise CP4020, CP4025, and CP4525

note:
Some printers, such as the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise CP5525, may have a variance in the full solution name (e.g. HP Color LaserJet Enterprise CP5525 Printer Software).
  1. Locate the .zip file saved to the computer, double-click the file, and then wait for the files to extract and the installation to start.
    note:
    If you receive a Windows alert from User Account Control, click Yes to allow the process to continue.
  2. Click Install Now.
  3. Click Accept to accept the terms of the license agreement.
  4. Select Connected directly to the computer and then click Install.
  5. Follow the remaining onscreen prompts to connect the USB cable when prompted and complete the installation.
  6. Click Exit to close the wizard.

Step two: Download the latest HP software and drivers

  1. Go to Software and Drivers, and then click Printer.
  2. Type the printer name or model number in the text field, and then click Submit.
  3. Select your operating system from the list if it is not automatically detected.
  4. Under the Driver or Software section, locate the full software or full solution.
  5. Click Download, click Save, browse to the location where you want to save the .exe file, click Save, and then wait for the download to complete.
    note:
    Downloading a full feature or full solution driver can take some time. Please allow sufficient time for the download to complete. If you are using a dial-up connection, this download might be too large and you may need to order the software CD. To find out whether a CD is available, check the printer download page under the Order Physical Media-CD/DVD/USB section. To order, click Order Media and then follow the instructions to order the software CD online.
  6. If you receive a prompt to install .Net, click OK and follow the steps to install it.
    note:
    If you receive an error message that .Net 3.5.1 is not available or the installation fails when trying to install, refer to Download the .NET Framework 3.5 on Microsoft's website.
  7. Make sure the USB cable is disconnected from the printer and from the computer.
    note:
    Do not connect the USB cable until prompted to do so during the software installation process.

Step three: Install the HP software using a USB cable

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If at any time during these steps you receive a Windows prompt to use Windows Update to find the device driver, click Cancel to close the prompt and continue to perform the steps manually.
  1. Locate the .exe file saved to the computer, double-click the file, and then wait for the files to extract and the installation to start.
    note:
    If you receive a Windows alert from User Account Control, click Yes to allow the process to continue.
  2. Wait for the installer to launch and when prompted to automatically check online for updates on www.hp.com, click No.
  3. On the software End User License Agreement screen, select I have reviewed and accept the installation agreements, click Next, and then wait while the files are prepared.
    note:
    When the preparation is complete, you might need to click Next to advance to the next screen.
  4. Select Directly connect to this computer using a USB cable and then click Next.
  5. Make sure the printer is turned on, connect the USB cable to the printer and to the computer, click Next, and then wait while the port is created.
  6. Follow the remaining onscreen prompts to complete the installation.
  7. Click Exit to close the wizard.

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