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HP LaserJet 1300 Series Printers - First Time or Initial Software Installation for Microsoft Windows XP on a USB Port

The HP LaserJet 1300 product software is shipped on CD-ROM. On Windows systems, the Setup program installs the HP LaserJet 1300 product software from the CD-ROM onto the hard disk and updates Windows files. This document explains how to install the software for Microsoft Windows XP USB installation.
NOTE: If the CD-ROM is lost after opening the package, the software can be downloaded from the HP Web site. Click here to go to the Drivers and Downloads Web site at Select the download Drivers and Software information radio button, type the printer name or model number in the text box, and then press ENTER . Select the appropriate operating system to locate the drivers available for download for this product. Additionally, this Web site will provide instructions for purchasing a new CD-ROM for the product where available.

Minimum system requirements

PC-compatible computer with the following

  • Windows XP operating system
  • Pentium 300 MHz processor or faster
  • Minimum 64 MB of RAM
  • 140 MB or more free hard disk space available on the same partition as the operating system
  • Minimum USB 1.1 port (limited functionality) or a backwards compatible USB 2.0 full-speed compliant port
  • A 2x or above CD-ROM drive (required for installation)
  • TCP/IP protocol installed

USB cable specifications

The HP LaserJet 1300 series printer requires a USB, version 2.0 full speed cable.


Software-first installation (preferred)

NOTE: Note the model number of the printer on the front of the printer before starting the installation.
CAUTION: Do not connect the printer cable to the computer until prompted to do so. Attaching the printer to the computer before starting the software installation, may cause errors during the printer setup process. If the hardware is installed first on a Windows XP system using a USB connection, it is recommended that the default settings that appear in the New Hardware wizard are accepted for correct installation.
  1. Verify that the USB cable is not connected to the computer.
  2. Close all applications and TSRs before running the software install.
    1. Simultaneously press and release the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys on the keyboard to open the Windows security window.

    2. Click Task Manager and then click the Applications tab.

    3. Highlight one item and click End Task .

    4. Repeat this procedure until all items are closed.
  3. Place the software CD-ROM that came with the printer into the computer CD-ROM drive. If the New Hardware Found message appears on the screen, click Cancel . Follow the on-screen installation instructions. If the Welcome screen does not automatically open, select Start then Run from the Windows desktop and type Z:\hpsetup (where Z is the CD drive letter), and then click OK .

  4. Read the information on the Welcome screen, and then click Install Printer . The Welcome screen provides five options:

    • Install printer: Starts the installation process and opens the setup wizard.
    • Customization utility: Starts the optimization utility.
    • Register product: Registers the HP LaserJet 1300 printer software.
    • View documentation: Permits the HP LaserJet 1300 documentation to be viewed.
    • Support: Provides an option to access HP online support and order supplies online.
  5. Read the licensing agreement, and then click Next .

  6. Select the Connected directly to this computer Printer Connection method and then click Next .

  7. Select the USB connector type and the appropriate port from the drop-down list, and then click Next .

  8. Select the appropriate printer model from the list, and then click Next .
    NOTE: Verify that the correct printer model is connected before continuing.
  9. Select Typical Installation , and then click Next .

  10. Accept the default printer name or type a new name , and then click Next .

  11. Select the appropriate shared printer option, click Next .

  12. In the text box, type the location and comment (optional), and then click Next .

  13. Click Next to install the software.

  14. Connect the printer to the computer.
  15. On-screen check boxes permit the user to print a driver test page, read release note, check for Web updates, and register the printer online. The Print a driver test page check box is selected by default. You can accept one or all of these settings, and then click Finish . The following options are available:
    • To print a test page, a dialog box asks if the test page printed correctly. Click Yes to close the dialog box and finish the installation, or click Troubleshoot to launch the Windows print-troubleshooting tool.

    • If you chose to read release notes, select the Read release notes check box.

    • To check for Web updates, select the Check for Web updates check box.

    • If you chose to register the printer online, your browser launches and displays the online registration screen at Follow the onscreen directions to register the printer. Once the registration is completed or if you did not chose to register the product online, a dialog box that describes the benefits of registering the printer appears, click OK to finish.

  16. The computer must be restarted before the configuration changes made to the HP LaserJet 1300 series printer will take affect. Click Yes to restart now, or click No to restart later.


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