Windows Printer Drivers1

Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft provide several HP DeskJet 300 series printer driver solutions for Windows 3.0 and 3.1. This chapter identifies available printer drivers and which driver to choose for optimum performance.

Some users may choose to use the Microsoft printer driver in some circumstances, although the driver has limited capabilities when used with newer HP DeskJet printers. Microsoft's and Hewlett-Packard's printer drivers can be installed in Windows at the same time and assigned to the same port. Windows, however, allows only one default or active printer driver per port at a time. Selecting a printer as the default or active device automatically switches any other printer drivers assigned to the port to an inactive state. Note that the difference between the HP printer driver name and the Microsoft printer driver name is that the Microsoft printer driver does not have "Printer" in the driver name.

The next two sections describe Microsoft's printer drivers, included with Windows software, and Hewlett-Packard's printer drivers, included with DeskJet 300 Series printers.

1. If you are using a mac adapter for the HP DeskJet 340, refer to chapter 5.

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