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Vista does not have drivers for older peripherals :( that was a major problem when it first came out. I don't know if your scanner manufacture has an updated driver for vista or not but I would check with them and see if they have one you can download and install.
There are actually 2 critical updates for your PSC try downloading both uninstall the printer again and start afresh. Remember remove any HP programmes that have been installed and to discnnect the printer before reinstalling. This should solve your problem hopefully.
Try to reinstall your drivers from your printer/scanner installation disk, if that does not work go to the manufacture's website then download the latest update of drivers or software for your printer/scanner...this problem usually happens when you switch to VISTA....
See this link. Microsoft acknowledges that Vista may keep some scanners from working (especially since, in your case, the printer is working). They have made a hotfix available for this issue, but based on the dates, I'm pretty sure this hotfix was incorporated into Service Pack 1. If you don't have SP1, you may want to try downloading and installing it.
For windows Vista; it is imperative to run the Vista patch which can be found on the Dell website (Downloads and drivers). Make sure that you run the patch, after removing the printer USB cable from the computer. Restart the computer as the patch suggests and then install the Vista specific drivers, which also need to be downloaded from Dell Website. Again, do not connect the printer unless the installation software asks you to. For scanner issues, those who are unable to get anything scanned to their computer, and are able to print, it is essentialy a Firewall/Anti-virus issue. You can check that out by trying to scan using an application such as MSPaint (Start> type 'mspaint' > hit enter).