|HP printer won't install in VISTA
Tried many times to install this F2110 (F2100 series) HP printer.
This is from the disk that came with it, and a fresh download from the
The HP installation fails time after time.
The HP installation trouble shooter recommended things like
1 - disabling antivirus
2 - Stopping all running programs (the ones that auto start with windoze
3 - Run the installation in 'compatibility mode'
4 - Downloading the installation from the HP site
5 - repeat 1,2 &3 with the new download
Well non of that worked. Either would silently fail, just closing the
install progress window,
or that and a 'troubleshooter' error message saying there's help file
now on the desktop.
Ok, after getting really P.O'd with it, I quit trying and
plugged the printer into my computer
running UBUNTU. Guess what? It worked, just like that. Nothing to
nothing to install, it just worked - budda bing - budda boom.
BUT, I still need it to work on this VISTA machine, so, here we go
Ran the basic driver install download (the one HP makes 'hard to
find' because it's
intended for 'system administrators' and doesn't include all the [what I
will call] crapware)
It doesn't include the programs to manage your print jobs, photos, etc.
It just operates
the printer/scanner as a printer or scanner.
OK, back to how it was successfully installed:
Running the HP install unpacks the installation to a folder in your
temp folder - In VISTA it's
(folder name varies)
See which folder is generated by having the temp folder open when
you start the HP install
and note its location and name.
Then open Printers in Control panel, and click Add New Printer, when
it asks for the installation
click Browse my Computer and enter the path to the unpacked installation
files. In my case it was
By this time the HP failed again, I knew it would and there
appeared a warning down by
the clock that said failed install, but windoze Vista actually installed