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I have an old HP laserjet 4050 which is on my home lan and connected to an old PC using Windows 2000. I bought a new laptop using Vista home premium and tried unsuccessfully to link the pc with the printer. After looking on every site imaginable, someone suggested updating the printer drivers on the old pc, which I did through windows update. Now, the printer doesn't work at all!! How do I uninstall that windows driver update so I can at least print from my other computers?

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  • porschewife Feb 03, 2009

    Thank you so much for trying to help. There seems to be no way to uninstall the HP drivers. I have tried every conceivable way both from the add/delete programs to trying to delete the printer from the printers folder. And, if I try to add the printer as a new printer, it still won't print. I am so sorry I ever attempted this. Now I will have to hire someone to fix it. I hate being computer stupid!

  • porschewife Feb 03, 2009

    Thank you both. FRCS68, I spent 8-9 hours yesterday and have totally screwed up the printing on my entire network. I tried deleting and also went to the link that was sent and downloaded 2 drivers, added the printer again, turned it off, turned it on, turned it off, blah blah blah. Computers were not made for the faint of heart. I am willing to invest another hour or two, but then.....I am up for finding a geek that will come to the house and fix it!

  • porschewife Feb 04, 2009

    frcs68 - Thank you! The printer is now working as it did in the past. The laptop keeps giving me an error message that the right driver is not installed. I have downloaded the drivers you suggested as well as the Vista 64 bit, but non work. I am going out of town for a few days and will try again when I get back. But, you are a life-saver. I am so grateful to be able to print again!

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Unistall the printer driver (software) from the windows 2000 PC. install the old version of printer software on the windows 2000.
install the newer printer software from HP website. install it on the laptop.
you may have to disable the windows 2000 PC first.
make sure you have the same type of driver on both machine, other wise the printer will not work.

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    Frank Feb 03, 2009

    don't give up yet!

    if you still willing to try one one more thing, let me know and leave a message on this thread.



    thanks

  • Frank
    Frank Feb 04, 2009

    can you tell me how were all if the machine are connected?

    besides PC and printer, do you have any other network devices?



    lets do one step at a time.

    please post back after you completed the following steps.



    1). if the printer is connected to teh old PC runing Windows 2000. as you have indicated before.

    this is what you do.

    turn off the printer adn disconnected the printer from the PC.

    deleted the printer from start>>printer and Faxes control panel.

    install the driver from the follwoing link or from the original printer CD.

    Windows 2000

    HP LaserJet 4050 PCL 5e driver

    http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/Tec...

    reconnected the printer and turn it on.

    test it out via test page, from MS word, Excel. make sure the PC with Windows 2000 back to normal.

    2). go to start>>control panel>>add & remove porgarm, click on the add /remove windows components, check the network and file sharing.

    3). right click on my network on the desktop. select porperties, right click on local area connection. check fiel and printer sharing for microsoft network.

    4). open my computer and share the c: drive. (windows 2000 need share folder in order to share print).



    deleted the printer form the laptop.

    go to the following link and download the driver.

    windows Vista

    HP LaserJet 4050 Universial Print Driver for Windows PCL-5

    http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/Tec...

    install it and restart the laptop.

    install the printer, and check all the item same as in windows 2000.

  • Frank
    Frank Feb 05, 2009

    OK

    go to WIn2k machine.

    start>>control panel>>system>> computer name, copy the machine name.

    go to start>> printer and faxes and copy the printer name.

    you are going to need both name later.



    1). on Vista machine.

    start>>control panel>>system

    click on advance system settings.

    click on computer name tab, make sure both Win2k and the Vista are inthe same group i.e; workgroup.

    if not, click on the change tab and change the group.

    restart the computer.

    2). double click on the network icon on your desktop

    rigth click to enable the "network discovery and file sharing" under the main tool bar.

    3). you should be able to see the Win2K machine. you may need a login and password setup on the Win2k machine.

    4).if you have the printer share enable on the Win2k machine, you should able to see it, under the Win2k icon. as subgroup.

    5).go to start>>devices and printer. click on add a printer.

    select local printer, click on creat a new port , click on the drop dwon and select "standard TCP/IP port"

    click on next, type the Win2k machine name in the following format \\Win2k\machine name

    type in the port name as "com1"

    note: if the above format don't work, you can just type in the Win2k name.

    the rest of screen should be all default.

    restart the computer and check the pirnter is still present and try to print a test page.



    if the test page comes out, then you are all set.









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You need to download 2 drivers

one for the Old PC, and 1 to the New PC

this link has what you need,

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DriverDownload.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=18318&taskId=135&prodTypeId=18972&prodSeriesId=25475&lang=en&cc=us&submit=Go%20â»

make sure to choose the right Operating System for each machine (for the new machine you would click/download/install Microsoft Windows Vista)

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