Question from Brittney F.: My old computer stopped working and I had to buy a new one.
I need to install my old (but great) HP Deskjet 1050 J410 printer on the new computer but I’ve lost the installation CD.
Also, the old computer had Windows 7 on it but the new one has Windows 10.
Do you know of a way to get this printer to work with my new computer?
I’d really appreciate it if you can help me out. I really need a printer and I’d rather not have to buy a new one if I can help it.
Rick’s answer: Brittney, you can easily download the driver and software for your printer from the support section of the HP website. Just follow these instructions:
1 – Visit this Support page on the HP website.
2 – The page should have correctly auto-detected your PC’s operating system as Windows 10. If not, click Change and then select Windows 10 (64 bit).
3 – Click the Download button. The software will automatically download onto your laptop’s hard drive.
Note: If you have trouble navigating to the downloaded file, press the Ctrl+J key combination and you’ll see it listed at the top of the downloaded files list.
You can now use the files you downloaded to install the driver and the accompanying software for your HP printer.
Just for future reference, you can usually find the latest drivers for most any printer by visiting the “Support” section of the manufacturer’s website and searching for your printer’s model number.
That’s all there is to it Brittney. Good luck!
Update from Brittney: It worked! Thanks so much!
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