Understand the basic level of HP printers. The HP printers are a piece of hardware or device that receives and delivers printing related commands. The printer simply works with software and drivers to process and deliver out your commands.
The driver is the manager and translator of your printer. You manage your printer by giving it commands, such as print. The HP driver works with a translator to translate your every command into a language the printer understands. The driver directs the printer on what to do, manages other tasks the printer is doing, and instructs the printer to fulfill your command. The HP drivers control the printer and communicate with other devices that you have installed on your computer. In short, drivers are the small software that helps manage devices attached to your computer. (printer, camera, mouse, etc.)
Your HP printer can’t communicate with computer without a driver to manage it. Drivers help computers to identify and run installed hardware. Computers cannot distinguish the difference from a sound card and modem, without a driver. Just as computers need drivers to run, so do the accessories, such as printers.
Printers and computers communicate with each other through command languages. These languages are unique and contribute to the need for unique print drivers. There are unique print drivers for many of the different printers that take different ink cartridges, printheads, maintenance kits, etc.
It’s a good idea to hang onto your HP Software CDs, for future use.
You can always find the latest drivers on HP’s web site, to download.
Especially for newer operating systems, Windows 7 for example, there is already a basic driver included in the operating system.
Find Software and Drivers for your HP printer on the HP Web site.
With a variety of simple ways to either download the software from HP’s Web site or with easy to install software from a printer CD. HP is making it convenient to access and install updates for your HP printers with the Software and Drivers you need to succeed.