Did Windows 11 create the need to retire my 24-year-old HP Laserjet 6P Printer?

LarryS_nowinNYC

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It's 24 years old and solid as a rock. Worked under Windows 10, but sometimes got wonky with the parallel to USB, and I would need to change the USB port it was plugged into. I keep it clean, and it has served me well. But there are no drivers I can find - HP Site or elsewhere - even for Windows 10 or 7. Window 11 sees and recognizes the printer, but when I print, nothing, nada. I even went through REGEDIT and removed all references to "LaserJet 6P".

Any suggestions welcome!
 

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You can't get it using the "add printer" method?

The only other thing I can think of is getting drivers from the Microsoft Update catalog. Microsoft Update Catalog Don't get the IA64 ones, unless you're running an old Intel Itanium based system.:)

The download will be a CAB file, which will require a little extra work to install. Install CAB file in Windows 10

I have no personal experience with this. My own printers are from Brother. I like them because of their long driver support.
 

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You can search it in Microsoft Update Catalog: LaserJet 6P.
Open the links in the driver list and look for AMD64 driver, which means x64 OS (Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and later). There is a chance that such driver, (I'd prefer non-Postscript for start) will be compatible with Windows 11.

Download CAB file, you may need to manually allow downloading, and try to install. I suggest to unpack the *.cab to a separate folder and select it in the Add Printer dialog. If Windows will refuse to install this driver, you still can try the generic PCL6 class driver from the list of drivers in included Windows 11. But whether the generic driver will work, I can't say, never tried yet.
 

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You can search it in Microsoft Update Catalog: LaserJet 6P.
Open the links in the driver list and look for AMD64 driver, which means x64 OS (Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and later). There is a chance that such driver, (I'd prefer non-Postscript for start) will be compatible with Windows 11.

Download CAB file, you may need to manually allow downloading, and try to install. I suggest to unpack the *.cab to a separate folder and select it in the Add Printer dialog. If Windows will refuse to install this driver, you still can try the generic PCL6 class driver from the list of drivers in included Windows 11. But whether the generic driver will work, I can't say, never tried yet.
I'm a little hurt. Seems like no one reads my posts.
 

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I'm a little hurt. Seems like no one reads my posts.
You can see, I added some details about installation from MS Catalog and also mentioned a generic driver (the more options, the better).
 

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You can see, I added some details about installation from MS Catalog and also mentioned a generic driver (the more options, the better).
I noticed. But it also repeated the ideas in my post.
 

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Well, here's a suggestion. Do you have an older computer laying around doing nothing? If so, put windows 7 on it and install the printer and then share the printer OR put linux on it and do the same thing. That is what I did for an older hp laserjet 4+. Ran it that way till the printer gave out. Works great.
 

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@LarryS_nowinNYC I acquired an HP Laserjet 4 Plus when I was working on mainframes from one of the customers----legitimately I may add. They used to replace their printers with new ones every so often and the old ones were then disposed of. I must have got it around 2002 as I took early retirement 2004. I bought an interface card on eBay to hard wire it to my router. Also some extra memory as they had been removed. No problems installing it at that time nor for my subsequent builds and I used the drivers from the Catalogue.
I built a new PC around 2018, I think it was and when I came to install the printer--Windows complained that it needed 64 bit drivers or words to that effect. Couldn't understand it as I was doing nothing different from previous times. Anyway a search on the web revealed others who had experienced the same thing. One guy reckoned it was Microsoft's way of eliminating hardware they considered no longer appropriate!! Fortunately he gave the name of the file and I then got it from another PC.
So now when I build a new PC I just go through the motions to install a printer and then tell it that I Have the Disk and point it at the file. Only problem I now get is that Windows Update keeps wanting to install the driver---it's not classed as an optional one. I tried hiding it using wushowhide --it says it's been successful but I still get them. Now I just ignore them and they eventually dry up. It's using the one that dated as the one in the Catalogue---mine's 2009!!!!!!!
You could try it. I would think your printer will be there---the file is 66MB!! It's now finished uploading to my BT Cloud. Here's the link, let me know when you've downloaded it cos I'll then delete it.

Drivers.png

Windows Update.png
BT Cloud.png

That's not the complete list of files loading---just to show you there's others than just my 4Plus.

Edit:- Just to prove it works------
IMG_2379.JPG
 
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Hi there

@LarryS_nowinNYC

Three possible "get arounds"

1) set it up as a "stand alone Network device" if there's wifi / lan possibilities.

2) run it in a VM on a compatible OS where the printer worked and set it up as a shared printer. You had W10 so just set up a basic W10 VM system -- you don't need to install any extra software after the basic Windows stuff and then you are in business again !!

3)Some laserjets will also work on W11 BTW using the drivers from a W10 system (where the printer worked) l -- try in device manager going down the devices- and against the printer choose "Update driver" >browse this PC-> point to directory windows\system32\Driverstore and click the include subdirectories box. You can mount a Macrium image of a W10 system to point to the directory if you have one - no need to install W10 again.

Cheers
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This is hilarious. The HP LaserJet 6P driver for win10x64 was already linked in post #2.

I have just added an arrow and some bolding to aid comprehension.
 
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Just to add info, there is a thread on Tenforums that was solved.

 

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There is a command prompt code to backup all your drivers. So while in Windows 10 that the printer works, backup the drivers and copy the folder referring to the printer to a USB Flash drive. In Windows 11 add manually the printer and browse to that folder for drivers. I don't remember the code, but you can Google it.
 

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That command you're looking for is "printbrmui" just run it from a cmd window or from the run command. It works great.
 

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This is hilarious. The HP LaserJet 6P driver for win10x64 was already linked in post #2.

I have just added an arrow and some bolding to aid comprehension.
Maybe the OP is reluctant to use a hacked package. (I assume that's what it is.)

Yes, I have used such things when needed. Nothing like that the moment, as I'm not using any hardware that has been abandoned by the manufacturer. (IMHO, HP does that much too often.)
 

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