I would like to install a driver for HP LaserJet 4250n on a Windows 7 machine. The HP site gives me a universal driver which is not what I need. After installing that driver, I have a new icon in Devices and Printers, "HP Universal Printing PCL6". When I choose this "printer" after clicking Ctrl+P, a window opens in which I can input the address of the actual printer I want to use. It does work in that the printer prints the things I need, but it's twice as much clicking as I'd like. Can't I just install a driver for the actual printer I'm using? Where can I find it?

  • Maybe you can set some preferences in the properties page of that "virtual" printer? – who.knows Jul 25 '13 at 11:38
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    How are you adding the printer exactly to Windows? The printer is a network printer, which means, you should be adding the printer my the ip address. The type of driver you think you want does not exist for the pritner you have. – Ramhound Jul 25 '13 at 11:43

It depends on how you install the driver itself, in your case "traditional mode" is the way to go.

I got this from the "HP Universal Print Driver" manual:

Because the HP Universal Print Driver is flexible, you can install it in Traditional or Dynamic mode—and you can have both running on your PC at once.
Traditional mode functions exactly like the product-specific drivers you are accustomed to using.
When installed in Traditional mode, the HP Universal Print Driver is associated with a specific print device, which you can then select from an application’s Print menu. Once selected, the driver functions as a traditional, product-specific driver.


This one should work. I remember having to use vista drivers for win 7 in the past with no issues http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=18972&prodSeriesId=412144&prodNameId=412158&swEnvOID=2093&swLang=8&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=lj-24656-6

The driver for that printer for win7 is actually included with windows as standard, so you should really use that.

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