Looking for HP Officejet 6500a E710N printer driver for Windows Server 2003

Posted on 2011-04-25
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Does anyone know where I can find the HP Officejet 6500a E710N printer driver for Windows Server 2003? HP claims it's not supported but I find that hard to believe.
Question by:ktrask36
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    As hard as it is to believe - HP has not and does not have any plans to release Server 2k3 drivers for this printer.  

    Seems very odd to me also, especially as they have Win XP drivers.
    Except for "OEM Embedded" Windows Server 2003 is end of life:

    You could try the available drivers for other OS's, see if they work.  If so, I'd try them in this order:  Server 2008, Win 7, Vista, then XP.  Sometimes you can get them to install and be operational.

    I know that isn't the answer you want, but not releasing drivers seems to be coming one of HP's specialties.

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    by:☠ MASQ ☠
    Prior to Server 2008 HP's standard line was if don't provide a Server 2003 driver it's because the Vista driver will work. AS they seem to have a universal driver for this one I would just go with the XP-2008 download from the current site.

    Just to confuse they clearly list it as compatible with 2003 SBS and TS!

    Author Comment

    I've tried to download and install all the different drivers and none of them will install on our WIndows 2003 server. I keep getting message that it's the wrong operating system. Is there any way around this?
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    You could try HP's UPD (Universal Print Driver), although the 6500 is not listed as one of the compatible models:

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    >>there any way around this?
    Yes upack the installer using something like 7-zip and then install the components separately - all HP have done is put in an EXE that checks the OS verison before running.

    Expert Comment

    Thanks Masqueraid.  
    Installing the drivers via Printer and Faxes / Server Properties worked like a charm.


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