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HP PageWide 300, 400, 500 series - How to select the correct HP Printer Software

Introduction

This document provides information about the printer drivers available for the HP PageWide Pro series printers including options for downloading the drivers.

HP PCL 6 Printer Software (model-specific)

The HP PCL 6 printer software for Windows® is designed specifically for use with HP PageWide Pro Series printers. You can download and install the HP PCL 6 printer software from the HP website, or install the driver from the CD included with your printer.
HP PCL 6 printer driver information
Driver name
Description
HP PCL 6 printer driver (model-specific)
  • Recommended for general office printing in Windows environments and is designed specifically for use with HP PageWide series printers.
  • Provided as the default driver on the product CD. This driver is automatically installed unless you select a different one.
  • Provides the overall best speed, print quality, and product-feature support for most users.
  • For Windows 10, 8, and 7 users: Install the printer driver and software from the CD that came in the box with the printer, or go to 123.hp.com/pagewide to download and install the basic driver or a full driver-and-software solution.
  • For Windows Server users: Download the Basic Driver for IT Professional Use Only and install from a command-line. For more information on how to install the software via the command-line method, refer to the IT Administrators Install Guide.

HP UPD Driver version 6.2.0 and above

The HP UPD is the recommended solution for a network, IT managed environment. The HP UPD gives users access to a broad range of HP print devices without the need to download and install a model-specific printer driver for each device.
HP UPD printer driver information
Driver name
Description
HP UPD PCL 6
  • The HP UPD PCL6 is recommended for printing across most network and server environments.
  • Best option for administrators to configure and manage the printer.
HP UPD PostScript driver
  • Recommended for printing with Adobe® software programs or with other highly graphics-intensive software programs.
  • Provides the best PostScript emulation and handling of PostScript fonts.
note:
For the most current information on client and server operating systems supported by the HP UPD, go to www.hp.com/go/upd.

Download the printer driver from the HP product support page

Another option to download the printer driver for your PageWide device is to visit the product support page for your specific PageWide Pro printer model.
The product support page contains a list of all the current printer drivers that are available for your device, including the drivers referenced in the sections above.
Follow these steps to go to the product support page for your printer model and download a printer driver:
  1. Go to support.hp.com, and scroll down to the text field where you can enter your printer model or printer serial number.
  2. In the text field, type your printer model (such as "PageWide Pro 477"), and then click Submit.
  3. On the HP product support page, scroll to and click Software, Drivers and Firmware.
    A list of drivers available for the printer will display.
  4. Select a driver from the list, and then click Download.
  5. Follow the on-screen prompts to download the driver and install it.

Other supported operating systems

Following is a list of other supported operating systems. Click the links provided for additional information.

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