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How to Connect HP Printers

Updated March 23, 2017

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is a technology company founded in 1939 that currently operates in 170 countries. HP produces a large selection of printers including inkjet and laser as well as office and home models. HP printers are connected to a computer via USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports and cables. Old parallel port technology for the printer connection is considered obsolete now, and in fact many modern motherboards in computers do even have the LPT1 port.

In Windows Vista, click "Start" and select "Shut Down" to turn off your computer. In Windows XP, click "Start" then "Turn off computer" and "Turn Off." If you use a Macintosh computer, select the menu "Special" and "Shut Down."

Locate an available USB port on the back panel of your computer.

Insert the USB connector of the printer cable into a computer USB port.

Insert the printer USB connector of the cable into the USB port of your HP printer. Note that computer and printer USB connectors have different shapes

Turn on your computer and log in to an administrator account in Windows Vista/XP or a Macintosh computer.

Insert CD with printer drives into the CD/DVD drive. Follow simple instructions to install printer drives on your system. Note that a CD with printer drivers for Wndows is packed with your HP printer.

Tip

For Macintosh computers, Step 6 is typically not necessary as such computers have built-in printer drivers.

Things You'll Need

  • USB cable packed with HP printer
  • CD with printer drivers
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