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  1.    29 Jun 2016 #1
    Join Date : Oct 2015
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    HP wifi printer annoying


    Ok so this isn't exactly a question, but some feedback might help. My nice new clean Windows 10 set up just got knobbled by our new HP Printer. Partly my fault as I added it as a device before downloading and installing the HP software and drivers, so windows provided a basic driver and then Windows update got stuck for ages. So I clean installed again, put the HP software and drivers on, and all is fine now, connected to the printer. My gripe is - I have this nice clean install and a load of rubbish HP software on it now. Already had to disable "Scan to Computer" as it kept popping up all the time.

    So if anyone else has an HP wifi printer, can you run it with just the HP drivers and not have all the rubbish software installed?
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  2.    29 Jun 2016 #2
    Join Date : Mar 2016
    Mojave Desert
    Posts : 42
    W10 Pro 1703

    Yes
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  3.    29 Jun 2016 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Poole Dorset UK
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    Windows 10 x64 Home Version(1709) Build16299.64

    Quote Originally Posted by Hazel123 View Post
    Ok so this isn't exactly a question, but some feedback might help. My nice new clean Windows 10 set up just got knobbled by our new HP Printer. Partly my fault as I added it as a device before downloading and installing the HP software and drivers, so windows provided a basic driver and then Windows update got stuck for ages. So I clean installed again, put the HP software and drivers on, and all is fine now, connected to the printer. My gripe is - I have this nice clean install and a load of rubbish HP software on it now. Already had to disable "Scan to Computer" as it kept popping up all the time.

    So if anyone else has an HP wifi printer, can you run it with just the HP drivers and not have all the rubbish software installed?
    If you are using it via WI-FI the scan to computer lets you know if your Router or WI-FI disconnects
    You also need the HP print and scan doctor on your laptop
    Because if your printer does go down it will repair the fault rather than have to search for it or run the repair disc
    Also to let them know when your ink is getting low
    Also the scan to computer enables you or anyone else in your house to print from their or your smart phone or iPhone or iPad
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  4.    29 Jun 2016 #4
    Join Date : Sep 2015
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    Windows 10 Home

    I have two wifi printers installed with just the drivers. One is HP and the other one Dell. I hate all the programs it installs with the drivers. I never use them.
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  5.    30 Jun 2016 #5
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    Windows 10

    Same here with a HP WiFi Printer. Just the drivers and no software.
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  6.    30 Jun 2016 #6
    Join Date : Oct 2015
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    Windows 7 and Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Ok thanks. There was an option to just install what they described as "basic" drivers rather than drivers and software, so maybe that would be the way to go. Thanks! Either that or just uninstall all the software and use a usb cable :-) Would that work? Or would the printer keep wanting to use the wifi network or something. It's all bit over the top for me - we've had an old HP printer for donkeys hears and you just used a usb cable and it printed - simple.
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  7.    30 Jun 2016 #7
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    Windows 10

    You will need the USB Cable to initially set up the wireless connection. Once that is done and working you can uninstall all of the crap software and disconnect the USB Cable and use wireless.
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  8.    30 Jun 2016 #8
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    San Jose, California
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64

    Helped a gentleman to install HP 710C printer. However, You can install any printer using this procedure from Windows:
    Last edited by topgundcp; 01 Jul 2016 at 16:10.
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  9.    30 Jun 2016 #9
    Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 103
    Windows 7 and Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thanks! It all installed and connected ok via wifi (there was no usb supplied) - it's just the software annoys me.
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  10.    30 Jun 2016 #10
    Join Date : Aug 2014
    Forever West
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint

    Quote Originally Posted by Hazel123 View Post
    Thanks! It all installed and connected ok via wifi (there was no usb supplied) - it's just the software annoys me.
    I've installed a number of printers and none came with the USB cable, networkable models included an Ethernet cable if they had the port. I keep several 6', 10' and a few 16' USB 2.0/HighSpeed cables on hand for that reason. Sixteen feet is the limit for non-active USB cables, active cables can be somewhat longer.
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