HP Deskjet F4180 Printer keeps installing itself on Dell Vista Machine

Posted on 2008-11-12
Last Modified: 2013-12-23
I have a vista machine and have an hp deskjet f4180 installed on it.  I have uninstalled and reinstalled the printer/drivers numerous times from cd and from the download from HP.  The vista pc keeps saying it has found a new printer and installs another instance of the printer.  How do I stop this?
Question by:davidsnichols
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    Have you deleted the printer from Hardware Manager? If not, you might try that.
    Uninstall the drivers, then shutdown the system and disconnect the printer.
    Once completed, power up and log on. If you are not prompted for the printer installation this is a good sign. If the log on is clean (no prompts). Shut the system down again and connect the printer. Then power up and log back on. You should be prompted for the new device. At this point, install your drivers. Reboot to test.  

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