Installing HP LaserJet 1012 on Windows 8

Installing on Windows 10? Head here: Installing the HP LaserJet 1012 on Windows 10

I have an old HP LaserJet 1012 that is a real workhorse and I wanted to see if I could get it installed on Windows 8.1

HP LaserJet 1012

HP LaserJet 1012

Pro. The HP forums say it’s not possible, but it’s actually pretty easy to do.  Here’s how:


  1. Plug in the HP LaserJet 1012 via USB cable. Windows will try to install it and it will ultimately fail.  You’ll be able to see it in the device manager, but you wont be able to print.
  2. Download the Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit) driver for the HP LaserJet 1012.  We’ll use the Vista 64-bit version on Windows 8 with no issues.
  3. Extract the ZIP archive and make a note of the location on your hard drive.
  4. Hit Control-Q to launch the search charm and type in “Devices and Printers”
  5. Click on the “Add a printer” button
  6. Click on “The printer that I want isn’t listed”
  7. Select the radio button for “Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings”
  8. Select the radio button for “Use an existing port” and then select “DOT4_001” from the dropdown. Click “Next”.
  9. Click “Have Disk”
  10. Browse to the location you noted in Step 2 and click “Ok”
  11. Select “HP LaserJet 1012 HB” and then click “Next”
  12. Give the printer a name, click next, accept any security warnings, etc.

Your printer is installed!

Update 2/24/2014: The only thing that I’ve noticed that does not print correctly are text-based watermarks in Word 2013.  It seems to want to print every other letter on the first page and the opposite set of letters on the next page.  I can live with this.


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132 Responses to “Installing HP LaserJet 1012 on Windows 8”

  1. ZebFebruary 24, 2014 at 10:49 AM #


    I just wanted to thank you for this very simple and straight-forward post. I was planning to spend a good bit of time cursing at the screen, trying to get my beloved 1012 printer up with my new windows 8.1 machine.

    It took quite a bit of time, and lots of cursing, to get it working in windows 7, ultimately with a multifunction 1015 driver or something similar. So running across this post with direct links, screen shots, etc.. let me get it working and print something out in just a few minutes.


    • Dave MrozFebruary 24, 2014 at 11:35 AM #

      No problem! Glad it helped!

      • Ulrich FalkJuly 26, 2014 at 6:04 AM #

        Splendid! Happy to have my workhorse going! /Ulrich

      • JonMay 29, 2015 at 11:48 AM #

        Installed but not been able to print.

    • MarshallSeptember 12, 2014 at 1:54 AM #

      Thank you so much it worked! I’ve had this printer for awhile now and it gets the job done and so glad to keep it going.

    • AdamSeptember 13, 2014 at 3:10 PM #

      This was ridiculously helpful. Simple and it was nice to just have an easy answer. Thank you.

    • KatieOctober 9, 2014 at 12:21 AM #

      THANK YOU!

    • JohnnyJune 23, 2015 at 1:06 AM #

      Wow awesome and great instructions, I’m new to win 8 having been with vista forever and you made it so easy… Thank you

    • ChuckJuly 26, 2015 at 10:33 PM #

      Thanks Dave! Soo very thankful to have my favorite printer going again!!! almost threw it away!

    • KenAugust 10, 2015 at 7:56 PM #

      These steps work for Windows 10 also

    • DeeOctober 1, 2015 at 10:15 PM #

      Worked perfectly for Windows 8.1. Thank you!

    • NandiniNovember 28, 2015 at 9:50 PM #

      Thank you for solving this and making it available. Your explanations are very clear and I was able to set it up in no time (once I realized that I should’t try to search for the printer in the list). I’m now successfully printing from my Windows 8.1.

    • FavidJanuary 24, 2016 at 1:18 PM #

      Thank you so much. I love my HP 1012. This article is fantastic!

    • John F MorrisonSeptember 27, 2017 at 9:13 PM #

      AS of 9/27/2017 your post no longer works, MicroSoft does not carry the Vista 64 driver any longer. What to do now. I had it installed for a year and MS update destroyed the printer driver . Where can I get a Vista 64 driver

  2. Sharon KalemberMarch 11, 2014 at 6:15 AM #

    Thank you thank you thank you for the excellent and simple instructions! My boyfriend is so frustrated with his new computer with 8.1 and the new ms office 2013 so not having his printer easily installed was setting him over the edge! LOL Your instructions made it very easy for me to get his printer installed.

  3. Steve DonnellyApril 18, 2014 at 6:08 AM #

    Hi Dave.

    Just followed your instructions for installing the HP 1012 Windows Vista Printer Driver under Windows 8.1.

    Thanks for posting these instructions and helping the world keep their so called “obsolete” HP 1012 printers running.

    The only thing I noticed was that you need to download the 64 bit version of the driver to get the 1010, 1012 and 1015 drivers. However, I was smart enough to figure out that I should try the 64 bit driver when the 32 bit driver didn’t work.

  4. jim hawkesApril 27, 2014 at 5:07 PM #


    A THOUSAND Thank you’s!!

    I downloaded the XP 32 bit drivers because I knew that my XP was a 32 bit system.
    Followed the instructions. The HP 1012 worked great!!

    You saved me from having to buy a new printer.

    Thanks again!!

  5. kbMay 14, 2014 at 8:57 PM #

    Thank you, I’ve tried a couple of different work arounds but this is the first one that was pretty quick and very easy to implement. Thanks!

  6. MC EnvyMay 27, 2014 at 9:20 PM #

    Thank you!

    This worked perfectly! You saved me from having to buy a new printer! My HP 1012 has been a workhouse for a very long time! I was very sad when I thought I would have to leave it behind.

    Perfect instructions and very easy to follow.

  7. mike dMay 27, 2014 at 10:22 PM #

    Thanks Dave…saved me lots of time…it is surely appreciated! cheers!

  8. nwebbJune 1, 2014 at 10:52 AM #

    Thank you, thank you! My daughter can now use our old HP 1012 – probably the best printer we’ve ever had. And she’s using an HP laptop, but the two machines wouldn’t speak to each other till we found your page. Brilliant.

  9. RRJune 25, 2014 at 10:45 PM #

    DOT4_001 is not in the options dropdown menu for me
    i am on windows 8.1 enterprise…please help.

    • MichaelJuly 28, 2014 at 1:26 PM #

      had this issue too, I choose USB and it worked

  10. PamelaJuly 14, 2014 at 8:11 PM #

    I just upgraded to Windows 8.1 and DOT4_001 is there. I was truly simple. Thanks Dave

  11. WilliamJuly 16, 2014 at 2:07 AM #

    Your instructions worked perfectly! Thanks for posting and thanks for saving my trusty little printer!

  12. JeffJuly 19, 2014 at 4:07 PM #


    Thanks for the great information! I too thought I was going to have to buy a new printer. I wish you all the best!


  13. TAugust 2, 2014 at 10:55 PM #

    Thank you.

  14. LeeAugust 4, 2014 at 5:36 PM #

    I followed the instructions. No DOT4_001 listed. Used the USB port. Test page will not print. Any other ideas?

    • LeeAugust 4, 2014 at 5:48 PM #

      Got It!! I had to reboot machine. Then the DOT port was visible.

    • J. Martelino, Jr.September 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM #

      These instructions finally worked. This did not work with , DOT4_001, USB001, or LPT1. However, I kept trying, since you all got me working with my old WIndows 7. I eventually used the DOT4_002, and it worked.

      Thanks for helping.

  15. ClaudiaAugust 11, 2014 at 8:37 AM #

    Hi thank you very much for this step by step. But I have a huge problem. What do I do if my disc is broken?

    • Dave MrozAugust 11, 2014 at 9:33 AM #

      You can download the drivers from HP using the link above. I almost never keep the CDs/DVDs that come with printers so this is how I routinely reinstall them.

  16. ClaudiaAugust 11, 2014 at 12:58 PM #

    Thank you I’m going to give it a try. I’m not good with computers.
    Thanx again!

  17. ClaudiaAugust 12, 2014 at 11:55 PM #

    I came across a little problem but then it worked. Thank you so much. I really like my printer. It does a wonderful job and didn’t want to get rid of it 🙂

  18. Jim SAugust 16, 2014 at 6:24 PM #

    Dave, I just started setting up a new Windows 8.1 computer for my wife today, and in a few days I expect to switch her LaserJet 1012 from her old Windows 7 computer to the new one, so I think I should thank you in advance for the procedure that will probably allow it to work. In the meantime, I’ve had an almost identical Windows 8.1 computer for several months, and although my PC and my wife’s old PC are on the same home network, I’ve never been able to get mine to access her printer. After reading your article here, I thought I might have found a solution, so when I tried to add her printer to my PC as a network printer, I got to the point where I needed to provide a printer driver. I tried specifying the driver I obtained from your instructions (file name hpc1015w.inf), but that doesn’t seem to work. I get an error saying that “Windows cannot locate a suitable printer driver.” Is this something that you would expect to work, or does the network environment introduce additional problems?

    • Dave MrozAugust 18, 2014 at 12:33 PM #

      It should work. From memory… The first thing you’ll need to do is make sure that file and print sharing is enabled on the host computer. Next, install the printer on the computer as a normal USB connected printer. At the end of the installation process there should be an option for sharing the printer which will make it visible to your machine. Finally, on your computer, navigate to her computer and you should see the printer listed as a shared resource. You can then right click and select “install” and it will go through the installation process during which you’ll have to provide the driver as described here. Two notes: A) you could switch steps 1 and 2; B) File & Print sharing changed in Windows 8, so you may need to do a search for exactly how that is done.

      Hope this helps!


  19. Jim SAugust 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM #

    Dave, let’s temporarily forget the problem of installing the remote printer on my PC as a network printer. I’m now involved in the higher priority activity of moving the printer from my wife’s old Windows 7 computer to the new Windows 8.1 computer. I followed your instructions carefully until I reached Step 8, which says to “Use an existing port” and select port DOT4_001. There was no such port listed, so I selected LPT1. I now believe this was a mistake. The ports listed were:

    LPT1: (Printer Port)
    LPT2: (Printer Port)
    LPT3: (Printer Port)
    COM1: (Serial Port)
    COM2: (Serial Port)
    COM3: (Serial Port)
    COM4: (Serial Port)
    FILE: (Print to File)
    nul: (Local Port)
    PORTPROMPT: (Local Port)
    USB000: (Virtual printer port for USB)
    USB001: (Virtual printer port for USB)

    I’m guessing I should have selected one of the USB ports, although I don’t know which one. The new PC has six USB ports – four USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0. I plugged the printer into one of the two 2.0 ports.

    At Step 8 there was also a second option, “Create a new port.” I didn’t pursue that.

    After selecting the LPT1 port at Step 8 I continued with your instructions and got to the end successfully. Everything seemed OK until I clicked “Print a test page” and nothing printed. I have removed the printer and will try again if I get some advice from you. Would appreciate any suggestions.

  20. Jim SAugust 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM #

    Additional info: I tried using ports USB000 and USB001 without success.

    • AleksandarOctober 2, 2016 at 6:49 AM #

      I have a same problem, there was not Dot4_001 in a list when instaling Universla printing driver.

      Download USB driver from official HP website (HP LaserJet USB (DOT4) communication driver for Windows 8 and Higher (64-bit)) or 32bit.

      Then when U installing HP Universal printing driver Dot4_001… will be in a list.
      I have another problem, when I finish with driver instalation my printer wont print corectly. Solution was in HP1010 vista drivers. Download them and choose have disc and sellect vista drivers instead HP Universal Printing PCL X (v.xxxx). Hope I was help U.

      p.s. sory for my bad English

  21. Jim SAugust 25, 2014 at 11:04 AM #

    I’m happy to report that both problems I described have now been solved, and I’m not exactly sure how that happened. On my wife’s PC with the locally-connected printer, after I deleted the device and then let Windows configure it, the PC began communicating with the printer. Once the printer was working there, I was also able to reach it from my PC via the home network. Thanks for providing the info about the driver that evidently has allowed all this to work.

    • Dave MrozAugust 25, 2014 at 11:07 AM #

      Glad you got it working!

  22. MikeSeptember 1, 2014 at 3:12 PM #

    Great. Exactly as described with no issues at all. You’re the man, Dave!

  23. Liz SaintLothSeptember 18, 2014 at 12:39 PM #

    I wish I had the same success. Unfortunately, this did not work.

    The instructions were simple, but to no avail.

    If you are available for troubleshooting, I’d love some more help.

    Thank you for your willingness to help others. I, too, don’t wish to part with the printer; it works fine!

    • Dave MrozSeptember 18, 2014 at 12:44 PM #

      I can’t do one-on-one tech support here, but if you reply with details on what didn’t work and any error messages maybe one of us can find out what’s going on and point you in the right direction.

  24. tyroneSeptember 25, 2014 at 3:04 PM #

    Everything went well with the install but it will not print test page

  25. HervéOctober 4, 2014 at 5:50 AM #

    Thanks for your “How to” you strongly helped a little Frenchy today!!

  26. @mery_ifOctober 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM #

    Thanks so much from Spain! 🙂
    It was very useful.

  27. K RamOctober 20, 2014 at 9:29 PM #

    Thank you sooooo much for providing these simple steps!! I searched all over the HP site, but had no luck. But, your steps worked like miracle!!

  28. AGOctober 24, 2014 at 1:11 PM #

    Thank you for providing the info!!! You are very much appreciated

  29. JanelNovember 3, 2014 at 8:50 PM #

    I have not used my HP1012 (or any printer!) in a year and a half because I could not get it to work with my new laptop, but it is by far the best printer I have ever owned. I did try to follow one other work around over a year ago, but it failed miserably (or I did…). SOOO excited to finally be able to use my printer again! THANK YOU!

  30. DominiqueNovember 4, 2014 at 12:22 PM #

    You are a God send. Thank you for your help. Your suggestions worked PERFECTLY!

  31. $rootNovember 5, 2014 at 11:23 PM #

    How do I set it up as a network printer instead of local?

  32. ChrisNovember 17, 2014 at 1:56 PM #

    Like a champ! 🙂

  33. NimaNovember 25, 2014 at 5:40 AM #

    My windows 8 did not have “DOT4_001” so I have created a new port and name it “DOT4_001”.
    I really appreciate your help.

    • NimaNovember 25, 2014 at 6:36 AM #

      Unfortunately it didn’t work after 1 print.
      As I mentioned earlier my windows 8 does not have DOT4_001, does anybody have any suggestion for me?

  34. AdamNovember 30, 2014 at 2:35 PM #

    Thank you Dave. I followed your instructions and it worked first time. Excellent. You saved me buying a new printer!

  35. EsterDecember 2, 2014 at 8:05 AM #

    The 1012 is not on the list (anymore?)

  36. AndrewDecember 4, 2014 at 5:36 AM #

    OMG! That is brilliant! HP couldn’t even fix this! TY TY TY TY!!!!

  37. JaeDecember 12, 2014 at 12:33 PM #


    I have OS Windows 8.1. Yes, HP does not support HP LaserJet 1012 driver anymore. But, following your instruction on “Installing HP LaserJet 1012 on Windows 8”
    simply, it worked, perfect!!

    thank you so much


  38. JunaidJanuary 1, 2015 at 10:12 PM #

    For those of you who seems to have troubling in configuring HP LJ1010 at windows 8.1 32 bits or 64 bits. Heres the driver and it works:
    [driverscape link snipped]

    • Dave MrozJanuary 6, 2015 at 12:18 PM #

      Thanks for the alternate link! I removed the link from your comment for now because I think it’s better for people to download the driver directly from HP while it’s available there, but if HP ever removes the driver from their support site I’ll update the post to the link you provided.

  39. JunaidJanuary 1, 2015 at 10:14 PM #

    You can try vista driver’s link directly from HP printers driver website and vista drivers work on win 8.1.

  40. david xJanuary 5, 2015 at 9:20 PM #

    thanks for the help. even hp couldnt figure it out. they just said “its not supported.”
    Now I dont have to throw away a perfectly good laser printer ive had for 10 years now. 🙂

    • Dave MrozJanuary 6, 2015 at 12:19 PM #

      Yeah, it seemed dumb to me to have to chuck this workhorse in the trash, too! Glad you got it working!

  41. Tina MooreJanuary 8, 2015 at 2:11 PM #

    Thank you!! It worked like a charm!! I am so grateful to you, because this printer is great and I thought I wouldn’t be able to use it anymore! God bless you for sharing your knowledge!


  42. DandreJanuary 31, 2015 at 12:40 PM #

    Thanks for the info it worked perfectly except I have a 32-bit system so I had to download 32- bit vista and it worked just as you said
    Thanks again
    Best Regards

  43. Nona ThomasJanuary 31, 2015 at 6:19 PM #

    I bought the printer used and was able to use use it prior to Windows 8. I was able to follow your instructions with a little effort. I want to Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

  44. Jackie CooperFebruary 1, 2015 at 9:27 AM #

    Thank you for your very helpful tip. Like you, the 1012 has been a workhorse and I hated to depart with it. It’s very unfortunate HP doesn’t provide support for its older equipment. I guess profit is more important than their customers.

  45. DeepakFebruary 5, 2015 at 2:03 AM #


    I have windows 8.1 (64 bit operating system) on my laptop. Trying to install HP laserjet 1010. Followed your steps but don’t have ‘ “DOT4_001″ from the dropdown.’ under step 8.

    Only shows LPT, COM and print to file/pdf ports.

    Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.


  46. Barbara ChanceFebruary 5, 2015 at 4:19 PM #

    Thanks so much. I had to abandon an older HP printer that had worked beautifully for a long time. I thought I would have to abandon the LaserJet 1012 until I found your article. Very much appreciated.

  47. JennetteFebruary 8, 2015 at 12:42 PM #

    Thank you!!!!!

  48. MarkFebruary 13, 2015 at 4:00 PM #

    Thank you Dave. I can now use my HP Laserjet 1012 with both my Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers. I appreciate your help. I wish you well in your future endeavors.

  49. SakuraFebruary 19, 2015 at 6:45 PM #

    Thank you so much for this! I do a lot of selling online, so I use my tried-and-true 1012 to print packing slips and shipping labels. Getting it to work on my new Win8 laptop is a lifesaver!

  50. QuincyFebruary 22, 2015 at 9:35 AM #

    Thanks Dave. Very helpful.
    AAA+, easy to follow instructions.
    Now you won’t see my printer on the street curb for the garbage collector.
    All I need now is such an easy to follow instruction on how to deal with my boss at the office.

  51. Joseph PrindleMarch 7, 2015 at 10:14 PM #


    Just a quick note to thank you for this most excellent note and the detailed set of instructions. I faced the same problem, and you totally nailed the solution. Mucho gracias for taking the time to post and share your knowledge!

  52. Theunis SnymanApril 1, 2015 at 12:31 PM #

    Dave, youre amazing! thank you!

  53. JudeApril 12, 2015 at 10:13 AM #

    I am so glad that I found your website. My HP1012 has been sitting unused since we got windows 7 PC. I just got a new notebook and really wanted a small printer to travel with me. Thank you for saving me the expense of purchasing another printer to use.

  54. StefanApril 29, 2015 at 3:50 PM #

    Thaaanks, this is the solution I was looking for!

  55. MyraMay 8, 2015 at 9:05 AM #

    Hi Dave, I’m having problem with the step.. I cant find DOT4_001 in my existing port.. can you explain to me how to enable it?

  56. MadisonMay 10, 2015 at 8:53 AM #

    Magic! Thank you so much. I have had this little printer for over 10 years while I’ve seen others break left and right. So glad to get to continue to use it!

  57. Scott LaneMay 21, 2015 at 8:49 AM #

    Worked like a charm

  58. JasonMay 22, 2015 at 1:06 PM #

    Thanks, this worked like a charm. I really appreciate articles like this 🙂

  59. Lollie CilentiMay 25, 2015 at 8:01 PM #

    Thank you, you made my day!

  60. KongJune 4, 2015 at 1:56 AM #

    Thanks so much for posting this. Love my laserjet 1012 but couldn’t find any way to get it print on wins 8. very close to buying a new printer. glad i found your post. now i can put another 300k miles on this baby just like toyota…thanks again!

  61. TomJune 5, 2015 at 3:34 PM #

    For those who don’t have a DOT4_001 port on Windows 8.1, choose USB001 (Virtual printer port for USB) and then continue with step #9 above as Dave mentions. Seemed to work perfectly for me.

  62. MBJune 24, 2015 at 11:09 AM #

    Hey–Just did this for windows 8.1 on laptop, worked like a charm! Thanks!

  63. IsaacJuly 13, 2015 at 10:09 PM #

    Worked like charm.

    Thank you so much.

  64. gluefishJuly 21, 2015 at 10:24 AM #

    Do you think this method will still work on Windows 10? I am able to run my laserjet 1012 on my MacBook Pro but not on my MacBook/Bootcamp/Windows 10 Evaluation. Thought I’d ask before I tried the Vista thing

    • Dave MrozAugust 3, 2015 at 8:19 AM #

      Another poster indicated that it does work for Windows 10, but I haven’t tried it myself yet.

  65. Helen BaikJuly 23, 2015 at 11:50 PM #

    Thank you Dave, this worked. Great step-by-step directions!

  66. EdAugust 1, 2015 at 9:44 AM #

    Thank you very much! Why can’t HP post instructions like this on their support page? Oh right, then they wouldn’t make money selling us new printers.

  67. JenniferAugust 2, 2015 at 6:13 PM #

    I justed wanted to let you know that I used these instructions to get my old HP Laserjet 1012 to work on Microsoft 10. Thanks so much for posting these online so others can use them!

    • Dave MrozAugust 3, 2015 at 8:18 AM #

      Awesome! I haven’t had a chance to try it on Windows 10 yet, but glad to know it works!

    • AnonymousAugust 5, 2015 at 10:54 PM #

      Also worked for me in windows 10! Nice. I can’t believe they wouldn’t repackage the vista driver if it still worked.

  68. PrinceAugust 3, 2015 at 8:21 AM #

    DOT4_001 port is not showing in my existing ports. What should i do?

  69. EricAugust 7, 2015 at 11:04 PM #

    I just updated to Windows 10 and lost my HP 1012. Your fix worked perfectly. Thank you.

  70. lupeAugust 13, 2015 at 2:29 PM #

    Hi I downloaded the file but I don’t know how to get the zip or I’m copying it wrong or it’s still not finding it??? Help 🙁

  71. lupeAugust 13, 2015 at 2:50 PM #

    I GOT IT!!!! WOOHOO!!

  72. RobAugust 13, 2015 at 3:33 PM #

    Worked for Windows 10, thanks. Also, on Windows 7 & 8, I had been using the HP driver for HP Laserjet 3055 PCL5 which had been working well.

  73. KaitlinAugust 13, 2015 at 9:12 PM #

    Seriously life-changing! Thank you so much. I am so sick of having to rely on my cheap inkjet that needs ink replaced every twelve seconds. So glad to have my good ole laserjet back in action.

  74. annaAugust 14, 2015 at 1:44 PM #


  75. susan bAugust 18, 2015 at 9:52 AM #

    Just a note to say THANKS! Worked flawlessly.

  76. MeAugust 31, 2015 at 11:27 AM #

    Wow, thank you so much! I’m certainly no computer expert and still was able to successfully install my old printer (hp 1012) on my new laptop. Your instructions even work for windows 10. You saved me a lot of trouble and headache. Thanks again!

  77. Spencer BenedictSeptember 6, 2015 at 12:38 PM #

    Thank you so much! Windows 10 has been a nightmare for me. I spent about two hours trying to get it to recognize my LaserJet 1012 before finding this tutorial. And it worked! Cheers!

  78. TrippSeptember 9, 2015 at 5:01 PM #

    Works on Windows 10 as well. Just got done setting up a new laptop and the steps to connect to this old but reliable printer worked like a champ.

  79. DorinSeptember 18, 2015 at 2:24 PM #

    Thank you very much, Dave.
    I have Windows 8.1 and after following your advice it did not work at first. The issue was not finding the DOT4 port on my system.
    I restarted and used the USB001 and it finally worked.

    Thank you,

  80. SuzyOctober 5, 2015 at 4:03 PM #

    THANK YOU! Worked for me on my brand new desktop…just updated it to 10 from 8.1 The most clear instructions I was able to find…

  81. ПавелDecember 27, 2015 at 6:26 AM #

    Большое спасибо, Дэйв!
    Год принтер пролежал без дела! Жалко было выбросить, а теперь он снова в работе! Оказалось все очень просто.

  82. Kim HarrisJanuary 4, 2016 at 1:33 PM #

    Thanks you! A real help!

  83. delfineJanuary 18, 2016 at 4:55 PM #

    I can’t wait to try it once I find the printer. I’ve had it put away b/c of no driver solution. But like you said, this printer is a workhorse and I’d like to keep using it. Thank you so much for posting this!

    • Dave MrozJanuary 18, 2016 at 5:03 PM #

      Let me know how it goes!

      • DelfineJune 1, 2016 at 6:01 PM #

        Thank you SO much!!! This printer has served me well unlike many others, so I am thrilled that this worked!!! 🙂 And I did it all by myself following your directions!

  84. VikyFebruary 1, 2016 at 5:05 PM #

    I´m stressful when I buy new PC, because I love my old printer, scaner …. I´m layman. Today I installed my Hp laser jet 1012, and with your perfect instruction It was very easy. Thank you.
    And now, I am going to install my old scaner Canoscan Lide 25. Good luck. 🙁

    • Dave MrozFebruary 1, 2016 at 5:11 PM #

      Glad it helped! Good luck with the scanner!

      • JamesMarch 5, 2016 at 2:13 AM #

        @Dave Mroz:

        I do not see a virtual USB port or a dot4_001 port. I have rebooted many times and still I cannot get the port to appear. Help?

  85. MKMarch 5, 2016 at 3:46 PM #

    Two years later and this post is still a great help! Thanks for the simple and straightforward instructions.

  86. Mark StevensonMay 3, 2016 at 2:40 PM #

    Thanks, this works great for me too. I had to choose a different port for mine to work (the guide says to choose “DOT4_001”, but I had to choose “DOT4_002” instead). I went through all the steps, and then tried to print a test page, when it didn’t work, I just right clicked the newly installed printer in my control panel, and click “Remove This Device” and started over from the beginning of your guide, but just changing a different port until the test page printed for me. Really appreciate your guide, and if anyone is having the same issue, just do what I did and try different ports, it will eventually work.

  87. GinoJune 4, 2016 at 6:56 AM #

    Thank you, it works fine!

  88. CharlieJuly 19, 2016 at 6:46 PM #

    Thanks, Dave. Just perfect.

  89. VilmaJuly 22, 2016 at 6:21 AM #

    Thank you!!!

  90. BarbaraAugust 27, 2016 at 7:37 PM #

    Thanks very much! This was really a help, and shame on HP for not supporting this printer with new Windows software.

  91. Peggi FellowsOctober 14, 2016 at 11:16 AM #

    Thank you so much for this information!! My 1012 is a true workhorse and I am so glad to be able to keep using it with our many laptops and versions of Windows!

  92. Lorrie BNovember 19, 2016 at 9:30 AM #

    Just wanted to say THANKS for this simple solution. Months of frustration = over. So grateful, Dave.

  93. David NasulmeNovember 22, 2016 at 5:50 PM #

    You ROCK!

  94. SashaApril 18, 2017 at 7:04 PM #

    Works in 2017 on Windows 10…I was procrastinating and dreading for a year about trying to figure out how to add ole trusty to my new computer. Thanks a bunch

  95. TiffanyMay 15, 2017 at 11:12 PM #

    Thank you Dave, you”re the best!!! Works perfect on Windows 8.1.

  96. VolotAugust 19, 2017 at 4:15 AM #

    Thank You very much!!!!!


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