In article <OTP3LIDDIHA.1164@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl>, Merak wrote:
> The problem is that, just after*
> installation, Vista replaces the XP driver with its built-in one... >
Is it possible to block Vista from installing its built-in driver and >
let me*at least *try* to use the old one?
I assume you are using the USB cable? In my experience this happens
with USB connected printers when you do not follow the instructions and
install the printer software before you connect the printer and its USB
cable to the printer.
<< Installation Instructions
Caution: The printer's cable (USB or Parallel) must be unplugged before
So unplug the printer and its cable from the PC; delete any printer
icons in the Printers folder and uninstall any HP software relating to
the printer that shows up in Remove Programs.
Then reboot the computer without the printer cable plugged in, install
the software and only connect the USB cable when the installation
procedure tells you to, or after you get to Finish if it doesn't tell
I suggest you download the XP "full" software for your printer from
hp deskjet 5550 printer software/driver: full feature - USB or parallel
(Don't use Install it Now and Save it when downloading, not Run it)
and then install 5550-enu-win2k_xp.exe by right mouse clicking on the
file at its location on your PC, selecting Properties and then on the
Compatibility TAB check Compatibility set to XP Pro with SP2 and while
you are at it check the box for Run as Administrator on that TAB and OK
your way out.
When you have it installed I suggest you download and install the
update there using the same technique of compatibility/run as
administrator and you may want to try the Photosmart software they
offer if you don't have other alternatives.
That has worked for me and for others.