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HP LaserJet 6L, 1100, 1200, and 3200 Series Printers - Microsoft(R) Windows XP Installation Instructions for HP and Microsoft Drivers

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HP LaserJet 6L, 1100, 1200, and 3200 series printer owners have many choices for driver support in the Microsoft(R) Windows XP operating system. In addition to the driver developed by HP, the drivers that ship with the Windows XP operating system represent a joint effort between Microsoft and HP for providing enhanced printing support with in-box PostScript (R) and PCL drivers.

HP solution - HP worked to provide drivers for support in the Windows XP operating systems. These are PCL drivers that provide full functionality for the printer’s capabilities and have been certified for use in Windows XP. Due to licensing restrictions and size, the entire software for HP LaserJet products with copying, scanning, and faxing functionality will not be available from the Web. A print-only solution will be available for download. The CDs for the 1200, 1220 and 3200 series printers were rolled with drivers certified for Windows XP and are currently available from HP Distribution.

NOTE: An HP LaserJet Communication Patch for Windows XP is available for download on the Web for the 1200, 1220 and 3200 to fix install or upgrade issues. Click here for more information about the Communication Patch for these printers .

XP solution - HP also worked closely with Microsoft to add functionality to the in-box XP drivers, based on the unidriver and PostScript driver architectures. Updates to these drivers, providing additional functionality, are available through the Windows Update feature of Windows XP. Although HP worked to provide comparable functionality with the Windows XP drivers, some features may not be available via the in-box driver.

The following lists the features that will not be supported with these drivers:

  • Quicksets

  • Scanning and Copying (1100A, 1220, and 3200 series only)

  • Faxing (3200 series only)


Installing HP Solution for the 1100, 1100A, 1200, 1220, 3200 and 6L Pro (print only)

Installation instructions using drivers obtained from

  1. Be sure to download the appropriate driver available from by clicking the Software link below for the appropriate product.

  2. After downloading the driver files, use the Add Printer Wizard feature in XP to install the driver. Click Start , Settings , and Printers to access the Add Printer Wizard.

  3. Make sure the port selected for the 1200, 1220 and 3200 is DOT4_00X (where X corresponds to the port number) when connecting parallel or USB. The DOT4 selection is made available by selecting Other in this list of available connection types.

    NOTE: Although HP recommends downloading the most recent drivers available from the product-specific Web sites, the Windows 2000 drivers with version ( for the 6L Pro) and higher can be used in Windows XP. These drivers should be installed via the Add Printer Wizard as well. The Windows 2000 driver is the only solution for the 6L Pro.


Installing HP Full Function Solution or from the CD shipped with the product for the 1100, 1100A, 1200, 1220, 3200 and 6L Pro

Full function installation instructions or using the CD shipped with the product

  1. Connect the product to the computer and install the built-in Microsoft Windows XP software.

  2. Install the printer software from the CD-ROM that shipped with the product.

  3. Make sure the port selected for the 1200, 1220 and 3200 is DOT4_00X (where X corresponds to the port number) whether connecting parallel or USB. To select the DOT4, click Other in the list of available connection types.

    NOTE: The 6L Pro does not have a built-in Microsoft Windows XP Unidriver solution.
NOTE: For the 1100 and 1100A, version of the current Windows 2000 driver or later is required to operate properly in the Microsoft® Windows XP environment. This driver is not certified for use within the Windows XP environment.
NOTE: For the 3200 product series, version 2.0 or later is required. For the 1200 product series, any version of the software will work. Selecting LPT1 or USB will generate a digital signature message and conflicts with any other DOT4 device. HP also recommends any product software be uninstalled before upgrading the operating system. After the operating system has been upgraded, reinstall the product software.


Installing Microsoft® Windows XP solution (print only)

Installation instructions

There are a number of ways that the Windows XP software for this product can be installed.

  1. XP software can be added using the Add Printer Wizard. Select the appropriate product from the list provided with the wizard.

  2. HP recommends attaching the printer via a parallel or USB cable to the system before the software is installed, the OS will automatically install a driver. To control which driver installs on the system, use the Add Printer Wizard to install the appropriate drivers before connecting the printer.

    NOTE: This is only available for products that support Plug and Play.

    The 6L Pro does not have a built-in Microsoft Windows XP Unidriver solution.


More information on Windows XP for your product

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  1. Select the appropriate region and country.
  2. Select the radio button next to Download drivers and software (and firmware) .
  3. Type the printer name in the text box and click the >> button to search for the available drivers.
  4. Select the appropriate printer model.
  5. Select the appropriate operating system.
  6. Choose the software or driver to download.
  7. Proceed with the download and installation as instructed.
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