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HP printer in XP

Can someone tell me why Win XP show up several times" a new hardware (printer) found, despites i have my printer installed and running?
Thankx for any info.

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Just a WAG

This can happen if you installed the manufacturers printer drivers before plugging in the printer and XP already had the drivers available. If this has happened, you can try to uninstall the drivers/printer software and then delete the printer from the printer list. Restart the PC and Windows will find the new printer and use it's own driver. After this is done, if you have a newer one available, you can do a driver update.

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Depending on the model

you must install the drivers and software first for the printer to work. In fact, that is the way many USB peripherals are supoosed to be installed.

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Yes, you are correct

This works and is was advised when USB was fairly new and few devices were available. Now Windows has drivers for more devices. If the printer is a brand new model, you are probably correct. If Windows has drivers and sees the printer as a new device when starting up and checking for new hardware, it looks at itself first. I just fixed a similar problem with a new XP installation for someone having the same problem and it turns out the scenario I mentioned is what I found. It was corrected the way I stated but I cannot say for certain this will always be the case.

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