HP Laserjet 4 Plus printer won't work with Windows 7 Enterprise

At work we recently upgraded a PC to Windows 7 Enterprise. The printer (HP LaserJet 4 Plus) is very old and we cannot seem to get it to work on the new PC. The printer is so old that one end of the printer cable is that old, 36-pin parallel port (is it Centronics-36?) and the other end is USB (this end obviously is the end that get s plugged into the PC).
     I cannot install the driver for that printer. I keep getting some error message saying it cannot install the kernel. And the generic
Windows driver is not working for it either. I'm not sure if its possible to get this ancient printer to work with such a newer OS. What's your consensus?
john8217Asked:
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JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The drivers are here:  https://support.hp.com/us-en/product/hp-laserjet-4-plus-m-plus-printer-series/25484/drivers

But they only go as far as Vista. You could try the Vista 64-bit driver.

Otherwise that printer is sufficiently old that it is time for a new one.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You might try getting a new Centonics cable and USB converter cable and see if Windows 7 has an onboard driver. It well might. try that.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I just checked my Windows 7 machine (Devices and Printers,  Add a Printer, Local Printer, Next, and Run Windows Updates. Wait for it to finish. Windows 7 has the HP Laser Jet 4 drivers so replace your cables and check

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nobusCommented:
check if the usb to centronics adapter is compatible with windows 10 - or needs a driver
you can also buy a new one (probably)
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pgm554Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Why are you bothering with that printer?
There are new laser printers that are two or three times faster with warranties that are gig LAN for under $200 bucks.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Agreed. I mentioned earlier that it is time to replace the printer.
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nobusCommented:
and it will use less toner, and current...so running cost will be lower
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McKnifeCommented:
if it helps, we used that printer on win7 and win8.1 before we retired it. It simply works with the driver that either windows has or windows update searches for it - don't use whatever external driver you tried - let windows detect a driver automatically.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes, I used that printer on Windows 7 (so I posted the screen shot that the driver is there). But the cables (2) need to be good.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@john8217 - Thanks and good luck with your printer.
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