Windows 8 Printer Drivers

Click the following links for more information about finding and installing the different types of Windows 8 drivers for your printer.

How do I find and install the latest Windows 8 drivers?How do I find and install the latest Windows 8 drivers?

Option one: Use the HP Printer Install Wizard

If you bought your printer prior to the release of Windows 8, the latest printer driver might not be on the CD that shipped with your product; however, you can easily find and download the latest printer driver using the HP Printer Install Wizard. The Printer Install Wizard is a tool that automatically finds the best Windows 8 driver for your HP printer.

PIW_iconHP Printer Install Wizard

NOTE: The Printer Install Wizard is not available for all HP printers, and is available only for the Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating systems.

The Printer Install Wizard works with printers connected with a USB cable or with a wired (Ethernet) or wireless network connection. If you would like to connect your printer wirelessly, but it is not yet on a wireless network, you need to temporarily connect the printer with a USB cable to run the wizard.

Follow these steps to download and install the HP Printer Install Wizard.

Step one: Download the HP Printer Install Wizard

  1. Click the following link; HP Printer Install Wizard

  2. Make sure that your computer meets the system requirements, and then click Download.

  3. Check to see if the Security Warning dialog box opens, and then choose one of the following methods to download the wizard.

If the Security Warning dialog box opens

When the Security Warning dialog box opens, choose one of the following methods to download the wizard.

Method one: Run the utility
  1. In the Security Warning dialog box, click Run.

  2. When the Download Complete dialog box opens, click Run, and then click Run again on the Security Warning dialog box.

Method two: Save the utility
  1. In the Security Warning dialog box, click Save.

  2. When the Save As window opens, browse to your Desktop, and then click Save.

  3. When the download is complete, browse to where you saved the file, and then double-click the file to install the utility.

If the Security Warning Dialog box does not open

   1. Click Run in the Notification bar to download the software.

   2. Click Yes in the User Account Control window.

When the wizard finishes installing, the wizard opens automatically.


Figure 1: Example of the Printer Install Wizard window

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Step two: Run the HP Printer Install Wizard

  1. Press the Power button to turn on the printer, if it is not already on.

  2. Connect the USB cable to the HP printer and to the computer, if it is not already connected to the computer or the network.

  3. Make sure that your computer has an Internet connection. The wizard must access the Internet to work correctly.

  4. Click Next to begin the utility. The wizard displays a list of detected printers.

  5. If the wizard detects more than one printer, select your HP printer from the list. 

    If your printer is not in the list, click My Printer is not listed, and then follow the on-screen instructions.

  6. The wizard automatically displays the best available driver for your HP printer.

    If a full feature driver is available, the wizard detects it. Click Next to download and install the software. For full functionality, HP recommends installing the full feature driver if it is available. A full feature driver provides full product functionality. HP also includes valuable software to help you get the most out of your printer.

    If an in-Operating System (in-OS) driver is available, the wizard explains that the driver is already installed. It also supplies a link to more information about using the in-OS driver with your printer. An in-OS driver is a basic driver that is already included in the operating system. You do not need to download or install any software driver from HP.

    If a Windows Update driver is available, the wizard explains that the driver is already installed. It will also supply a link to more information about using a Windows Update driver. Windows Update searches online for the most recent printer driver on the Windows Update site. If the online driver is more recent than the driver stored in Windows, the computer downloads and installs the updated driver. The Windows Update process takes place automatically. 

Option two: Download and install the software from the HP website

Follow these steps to download and install drivers from the HP website.

  1. Turn on the printer.

  2. Disconnect the USB cable from the printer and the computer (if you already connected it). If the printer is connected to a network, leave it connected.

  3. Right-click this link: HP Customer Care, and then click Open in new window.

  4. If prompted, type your printer model number, click Next, and then click Drivers.

  5. Make sure that your operating system is selected, and then click Next.

  6. Scroll down the page, and then click Driver.

  7. Click Download, and then follow the on-screen instructions to save the software to your computer.

  8. Open the folder where the software file saved (usually Downloads), double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

What are the different types of Windows 8 drivers?What are the different types of Windows 8 drivers?

HP has created several different types of Windows 8 printer drivers for your convenience. What driver you download depends on your printing needs. Do you need a basic document printed, or do you need to scan, copy, or print a photo?

Click the Plus signs to learn more.

Full feature driverFull feature driver

A Full Feature driver allows you to get the most out of your printer, and HP includes valuable software to help you do so. If you have an All-in-One, this driver provides complete printer functionality for printing, scanning, copying, and faxing.

Additional Features

  • Searchable help files tailored to your printer.

  • Image editing software.

  • Shop for HP supplies.

During the Full Feature installation process, you can choose a custom installation, where you select the specific software items that you want to install.

In-OS driverIn-OS driver

The Windows 8 in-OS software is a driver that is already on your computer and allows basic printer functionality; most of the printer control panel buttons do not function, you cannot use eFax functions (if your printer is so equipped), and scanning output functions such as scan-to-email are unavailable.

You do not need to download and install any additional software from HP to use your printer. You can still use the software to perform basic print, scan, and fax tasks, and import images from memory cards if your printer has these features.

Windows Update driverWindows Update driver

Your Windows 8 computer comes with a pre-installed driver called an in-OS driver. This software allows basic functionality for your printer. Windows Update can be used to make sure you have the most current in-OS driver by downloading the driver manually, or setting up the automatic update feature in Windows 8.

Windows RT driversWindows RT drivers
Microsoft Windows RT is the official name for the Windows OS version that runs on ARM processors. The drivers used for this OS are in-OS drivers.
In-OS driverIn-OS driver

The Windows RT in-OS software is a driver that is already on your computer and allows basic printer functionality; most of the printer control panel buttons do not function, you cannot use eFax functions (if your printer is so equipped), and scanning output functions such as scan-to-email are unavailable.

You do not need to download and install any additional software from HP to use your printer. You can still use the software to perform basic print, scan, and fax tasks, and import images from memory cards if your printer has these features.

What types of Windows 8 drivers are available for my HP printer?What types of Windows 8 drivers are available for my HP printer?

To find out what Windows 8 drivers are available for your HP printer, use the HP Printer Install Wizard. The Printer Install Wizard automatically finds the best possible driver for you, but also shows you which drivers are available, allowing you to choose the best software for your needs.

PIW_iconHP Printer Install Wizard

A word about third-party web sites offering HP printer driversA word about third-party web sites offering HP printer drivers
If you use an Internet search engine like Google or Bing to search for Windows 8 drivers for your HP printer, you will likely come across non-HP sites offering HP drivers or download “services” for HP drivers, often for a fee.  You should know that you don’t have to pay to obtain Windows 8 printer drivers for HP products.  You can download them for free from HP Customer Care, install them from the Windows 8 operating system (“In OS”), or obtain them using Windows Update, depending on the type of driver available for your product.
 
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