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  1.    04 Dec 2015 #11
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    San Francisco, California USA
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    Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10, Linux, Android, FreeBSD Unix

    I guess they don't have parallel port printers anymore at Microsoft. I was parallel port based up to XP and then all printers were USB.
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  2.    05 Dec 2015 #12
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    Serbia
    Posts : 10,194
    W10 Insider + Linux

    It's a very ancient interface and it's not installed on new MBs any more but there are drivers for them in the windows still.
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  3.    05 Dec 2015 #13
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    I guess they just didn't test the legacy support...
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  4.    29 Jul 2016 #14
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    Posts : 2
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    for those who have a HP (Hewlett Packard) Laserjet 4 or Laserjet 5M I finally found how to connect up the computer to these great printers when OS is Windows 10. Follow step-by-step. This really works!! I love my old printer:

    Win 7 with Win 10, and as others have reported the drivers for my older printer did not load.
    Although it is a HP Laserjet 4 plus, that appars to be not so important, other than the fact that the original cable has been replaced with one with a USB connector for my more modern laptop.

    After struggling and Googling for far too much time, here is what worked very well.

    --press teh Windows icon in the lower left corner
    --select "settings"
    --select "devices"
    --select "add printers & scanners"
    --select "add a printer"
    -- it probably will scan and deliver a message like "printer ----- isn't listed"
    --click on that message
    --scroll down to "add a local printer"
    --accept "use existing port" then scroll down and select USB001(virtual port for USB)
    --it is possible that if you are using the original cable that the default LPT1 is the correct choice.
    --that will lead to the same list of printer drivers that you would have had with Win 7 (my understanding, or misunderstanding, is that when Win 10 loaded it retained the Win 7 printer drivers, but did not make them particularly accessible.
    --select your printer
    --print a test page
    --all done
    --you may need to make that your default printer
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  5.    26 Jul 2017 #15

    I tried this after doing a clean install of Windows 10. The list of printers that comes up does not include the Laserjet 4 plus which is the printer I am trying to connect via usb. How do I get that to come up?

    Quote Originally Posted by ahowardaz View Post
    for those who have a HP (Hewlett Packard) Laserjet 4 or Laserjet 5M I finally found how to connect up the computer to these great printers when OS is Windows 10. Follow step-by-step. This really works!! I love my old printer:

    Win 7 with Win 10, and as others have reported the drivers for my older printer did not load.
    Although it is a HP Laserjet 4 plus, that appars to be not so important, other than the fact that the original cable has been replaced with one with a USB connector for my more modern laptop.

    After struggling and Googling for far too much time, here is what worked very well.

    --press teh Windows icon in the lower left corner
    --select "settings"
    --select "devices"
    --select "add printers & scanners"
    --select "add a printer"
    -- it probably will scan and deliver a message like "printer ----- isn't listed"
    --click on that message
    --scroll down to "add a local printer"
    --accept "use existing port" then scroll down and select USB001(virtual port for USB)
    --it is possible that if you are using the original cable that the default LPT1 is the correct choice.
    --that will lead to the same list of printer drivers that you would have had with Win 7 (my understanding, or misunderstanding, is that when Win 10 loaded it retained the Win 7 printer drivers, but did not make them particularly accessible.
    --select your printer
    --print a test page
    --all done
    --you may need to make that your default printer
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  6.    26 Jul 2017 #16
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    Serbia
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    W10 Insider + Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by keithjr View Post
    I tried this after doing a clean install of Windows 10. The list of printers that comes up does not include the Laserjet 4 plus which is the printer I am trying to connect via usb. How do I get that to come up?
    There's a line missing in that guide.
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    The printer I want is not listed

    Clicking on it will bring you to port selection
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    than
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    Than it should download all possible drivers from which you can choose. I already di that so can't show you further procedure but here it is on mine.
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  7.    26 Jul 2017 #17

    I did all that. After clicking Windows update (which took a while) I got a whole load of extra printers, but Laserjet 4 Plus was not one of them.


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    There's a line missing in that guide.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	image.png 
Views:	2 
Size:	9.9 KB 
ID:	145677
    The printer I want is not listed

    Clicking on it will bring you to port selection
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	image.png 
Views:	5 
Size:	16.7 KB 
ID:	145679
    than
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	image.png 
Views:	5 
Size:	16.7 KB 
ID:	145679
    Than it should download all possible drivers from which you can choose. I already di that so can't show you further procedure but here it is on mine.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	image.png 
Views:	5 
Size:	22.2 KB 
ID:	145681
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  8.    26 Jul 2017 #18
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    Serbia
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    That's odd, even my W7 found it that way. I happen to have that bottom one, it works although with reduced options. That's a tank of printers and would be pity not to use it. I also had one in the factory long time ago (1990's) and were printing labels with it, used to spend 2 or more cartridges a week and it survived them all for several years.
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  9.    26 Jul 2017 #19

    Is it maybe because I started with a clean install? As far as I know, there are no win10 drivers for this printer, so did you pick up yours from a previous install? In which case I must be able to get it some other way?

    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    That's odd, even my W7 found it that way. I happen to have that bottom one, it works although with reduced options. That's a tank of printers and would be pity not to use it. I also had one in the factory long time ago (1990's) and were printing labels with it, used to spend 2 or more cartridges a week and it survived them all for several years.
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  10.    26 Jul 2017 #20
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    Serbia
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    W10 Insider + Linux

    I used to run W10 upgraded from W7 for long time but last couple of months I had 2 clean installs of insider builds and every time I did same thing to get the driver. At the beginning, insider builds used to kill printer drivers but this method brought them back although they stayed in the list. Last few builds don't touch printer drivers.
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