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Installing HP Photosmart 245 Printer on Windows Vista

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Joan on December 15, 2008
Installing HP Photosmart 245 Printer on Windows Vista

So I have this HP Photosmart 245 printer. And I'm using Windows Vista on my Dell computer. How can I get the two to work together? I don't have the CD that came with the printer.

Thanks,

Joan
Eric on December 15, 2008
RE: Installing HP Photosmart 245 Printer on Windows Vista

Hi Joan,

HP is not providing a Windows Vista driver for the HP Photosmart 245 printer. But there is an alternative way to get the printer working on Windows Vista. Just follow these steps:

1. If your printer is connected to your computer, disconnect it.
2. Click on the Start menu.
3. Click on Control Panel
4. Click on the Hardware & Sounds control panel.
5. Click Printers.
6. Click "Add a Printer"
7. Click "Add a Local Printer"
8. Check off the "Use an existing port" check box.
9. In the list entitled "Use an existing port" choose "LPT1: (Printer Port)
10. Click on the "Next" button
11. Choose "HP" as the manufacturer from the list of manufacturers
12. In the printers list that shows up, choose "Photosmart 330"
13. Click on the "Next" button
14. In the text box called "Printer name" type "Photosmart 245"
15. Wait for the computer to say that the printer has been successfully added.
16. Connect your printer to your computer (i.e. connect the cable to the USB port at the back of your computer.
17. A "Found New Hardware" screen should show up. Click Cancel on this window. (if it keeps showing up, just keep on clicking cancel until no more windows pop up)
18. Go back to the printer folder (i.e. the one where you clicked "Add a Printer"
19. Right Click on "Photosmart 245"
20. Click on "Properties" in the menu that popped up.
21. Select the "Ports" tab.
22. Change the port from "LPT1" to "USB"
23. Click on the "Apply" button.

And that's it! That should allow you to use your HP Photosmart 245 printer in Windows Vista.

You might want to print out a test page just to make sure the printer works.

Eric.
Colin B on January 5, 2009
RE: Installing HP Photosmart 245 Printer on Windows Vista

Thanks Eric - an excellent piece of information.
steve M Au on January 15, 2009
RE: Installing HP Photosmart 245 Printer on Windows Vista

many thanks... great instructions...
saysellanddaws on October 31, 2009
RE: Installing HP Photosmart 245 Printer on Windows Vista

genius it worked a treat. msny thanks
Nick on November 22, 2009
RE: Installing HP Photosmart 245 Printer on Windows Vista

When I did this, I did not get the :

17. A "Found New Hardware" screen should show up. Click Cancel on this window. (if it keeps showing up, just keep on clicking cancel until no more windows pop up)

Could I be doing something wrong?

Thanks
Nick
Dan on February 3, 2010
RE: Installing HP Photosmart 245 Printer on Windows Vista

Problem--
In Step 12: In the printers list that shows up, choose "Photosmart 330"

"Photosmart 330" is not one of the choices listed.

Going to HP's website doesn't provide a solution, as their instructions are the same as those listed here. I'm not sure why this option isn't listed. I have clicked "Windows Update" twice, but it hasn't produced the hoped-for driver.

Any ideas?
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