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It works again! Installing HP PhotoSmart 1218 on Windows 7

My 2 HP printers: the Color LaserJet 2605 on the bottom; and the 1218 inkjet on top.

I came across my old ‘HP photosmart 1218’ inkjet printer this afternoon.

Well, I knew it was in the garage; and I knew it was time to clean the mirrors on my HP LaserJet 2605 again; and I knew I really couldn’t be bothered to go through that rigmarole again; and I knew buying fresh inkjet cartridges would be about 1/4 the cost of buying 4 fresh laser toner cartridges; and I knew…

Well, you get the picture. I hauled out the old inkjet and plugged it in.

Lights came on and it made some noises. But Windows 7 didn’t like it.

It dawned on me why the inkjet was sitting in my garage: Windows 7 doesn’t include drivers for it (and I couldn’t bring myself, all those years ago, to throw out what I knew to be a perfectly good quality printer just because some software stopped it from working in the modern era).

So, I set about trying to find out if it could be made to work (or fool Windows 7 into using it). Sure enough…

Read the step-by-step instructions of how I got my 1218 working again by clicking HERE.

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