HP LaserJet 1012: Update Failing to Install, Vista Constantly Fails to Install Driver

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by T. Hulot, Jun 19, 2007.

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    T. Hulot Guest


    I'm having an enormous amount of trouble getting my HP LaserJet 1012
    laser printer recognized by Vista Home Premium.

    Here's what's going on: This is the second time I've installed Vista
    Home Premium. (It's a legit copy, full version, not upgrade.)

    The first time, I had some trouble getting the laser printer
    recognized, but eventually I got it working.

    This time, though, nothing I do works. I unplug it, replug it, use
    the Add Printer feature, and there is no listing for the LaserJet
    1012. There was the last time I did this.

    I tried using the LaserJet 1015 option, which did install the printer,
    BUT...Vista began searching for a generic driver, and couldn't find
    it. I couldn't get the printer to work.

    Here's the most frustrating part: I downloaded all of the updates via
    Windows Update. After I did that, and rebooted, I found five more
    updates to download.

    I downloaded and installed four of the five new updates. Only one
    failed to install.

    Guess which update that was...the update for the HP LaserJet 1012!

    I couldn't believe it. I really need to get this printer up and

    Can anyone please brainstorm with me? Why is this one update--the
    only one that failed to install--not installing, when it's the one I
    need the most?

    What is preventing this printer from being installed? I realize it's
    not certified Vista-compatible, but it DID work the last time I
    installed Vista.

    (I had to format and reinstall because Zone Alarm screwed up my system
    to the point where starting over was a more practical solution. In
    retrospect, that may have been a wrong decision.)

    Thank you very much!
    T. Hulot, Jun 19, 2007
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    Lynneh10 Guest

    I had the same problem and found out that Hewlett Packard won't be making
    the driver for Windows Vista for it. Looks like they want us to buy a new
    printer instead.
    I had the same problem with my 5300C scanner. I gave them both away because
    they just weren't going to work with Vista.
    Lynneh10, Jun 20, 2007
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    Bill Guest

    I too have this problem. I just had to reinstall my Vista OS. I had the
    printer working for several months, by installing the driver from Windows
    update, now I can't install the driver. Someone from Microsoft needs to look
    into this. I look around at other forums and everyone is having this
    problem. I don't think it is the drivers problem, it is something else.
    Bill, Aug 1, 2007
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    Lynneh10 Guest

    There is nothing Microsoft can do if HP won't make a driver that works. It is
    up the the printer manufacturer to do this. Personally, I find this a sign
    that any company that won't back their products that is less than 5 years
    old, a lack of corporate integrity.
    Lynneh10, Aug 1, 2007
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    tequisbob Guest

    I finally cleaned everything up with all the printers......went to H
    and downloaded the generic PCL 6 universal driver and installe
    it....then I changed my port to Dot 4 installed the HP Laserje
    1015....and now my 1012 is printing just fine.....I hope it lasts....
    tequisbob, Mar 7, 2008
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    jabloomf1230 Guest

    That's the only way to make the 1012 work under Vista. HP has been
    dreadful with its Vista driver support.
    jabloomf1230, Mar 9, 2008
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