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Can't find Windows 7 Driver for HP Laserjet 1012

Posted on 2010-01-05
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Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I'm trying to locate a Windows 7 (32 bit) driver for an HP Laserjet 1012.  Looks like HP doesn't provide this driver:  


(Category 6 - Selected product is not supported in Windows 7. Your LaserJet model is not supported in Windows 7.)

Is there another HP driver out there with which I can "fake it."
Question by:jdana
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DVation191 earned 400 total points
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Found this on the HP forums
"1. Install the printer with the following drivers (please note that this works on the 32-bit version of Windows 7)


2. The printer might not work at first, but it is ok, as long as Windows grabs the drivers into its database.

3. Go to START > Devices and Printers... Remove ALL your printers...

4. Restart your computer

5. After logging in, Windows will automatically detect and reinstall your printers, including the HP1012 using a driver called HP1012HB

HB stands for Host Based.



The only downside is that since it has to process the print job now it takes a lot longer to start printing but at least it's printing now."

Another suggestion from the same post...
"When installing the printer:

1) Select the driver manually.
2) Click "Windows Update" to force Windows to refresh the driver list.
3) Select HP Lasterjet 1015."

See all the posts here:

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Nik earned 800 total points
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You can surely try the Vista driver if available. It could work!

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hdhondt earned 400 total points
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The problem is that the 1012 is a GDI printer (relying on Windows' graphics endine to convert the page into dots on the page). GDI printers are cheap, but they usually have a unique driver for each model and each version of the OS. Hence, no driver for another model will work although, as nimatejic & Haewood said, the Vista or XP drivers are worth a try.
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Nik earned 800 total points
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Try this driver as HP also states that in most situations if Windows 7 driver isn't available, Vista driver should work.
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nobus earned 400 total points
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try installing the vista or even XP driver in compatibility mode : http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/316-compatibility-mode.html

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Terrific feedback.  Thanks.

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Thanks for the terrific feedback.   hdhondt, the GDI info is especially appreciated.  nobus, Thanks for the compatibility mode idea.

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