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Printing differences between Windows XP and Windows 98

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Our accountant recently switched to a Windows XP machine from an old Windows 98SE machine, and he is not happy with how Windows XP seems to make everything print slightly lighter than in Windows 98. He is using an HP LaserJet 2200 printer, and we have tried using all sorts of different drivers (LaserJet 2200 PCL and PS, LaserJet 2100 PCL and PS, LaserJet 4, etc.). This problem is not program-specific.

I have heard from a software developer that Windows 98 defaults to the black cartridge of any printer, whereas Windows XP defaults to the color cartridge of any printer (regardless of whether it is a black/white laserjet or a color inkjet) making the printing slightly lighter.

Does anyone know of this phenomenon? If so, any way to make the printing darker for all print jobs, regardless of program?

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