1. Yes, the cartridges do have dates on the chip so an old cart, can be too old and refuse to work. Some sellers will exchange a full unopened cart for a new one when it's out of date. You can try the old trick of setting the date back a year on your PC.
2. Installing those drivers and apps from the old Disk may result in troubles. If so, head to hp.com, find your printer and see if HP updated the apps and drivers.
Great News, I now have HP Director again, after maybe a year and a half! Findable but no Icon. That's not the main problem. I clicked "Restore to Factory Settings", so to try the new ones do I have to reinstall the whole thing again to come to that option? And I still have a problem with an Ofc Max HP28 color cartridge. Was it maybe on shelf too long, or.....what? Might newer settings fix that problem if I knew how to do it? TIA.