It's not necessarily something that you are doing wrong. Some USB devices
have a unique ID encoded in their hardware so that Windows can recognize
that the same device that was previously connected, has been reconnected.
If that unique ID is not present, Windows does not know that it is not the
same device and will always try to reinstall the drivers (asking for their
location if necessary). It's not possible to tell from looking at a printer
whether or not it has that unique ID, only HP would know.
Cari (MS-MVP) Printing & Imaging
"RaisingAlexis" <RaisingAlexis@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>I am having this same problem with my HP 6210 series. Will be watching
> post to see what the solution is.
> "gmaof3" wrote:
>> I have an HP4200 series all in one at home and the same printer at work.
>> use a laptop with Vista Home Premium 32 bit. Most of the time my computer
>> tries to reinstall the printer when I move from one printer to the other,
>> if I disconnect from one of the printers and then reconnect, it does the
>> thing- tries to
>> reinstall. Sometimes I end up with 3 or more copies of the same printer
>> I've deleted the printers and the printer files and downloaded the latest
>> drivers. That seemed to make a difference for a while, but now it wants
>> reinstall when I connect to the printer.
>> When I disconnect from a printer, I usually just unplug the USB cable. I
>> have a feeling I should be doing something differently...
>> Any ideas?