Install HP Printer Software Without CD

I received another question on a third party website where I earn supplemental income answering computer and technology related questions. This time an individual was not able to get their printer working on their tablet computer. Here is the initial request quoted verbatim.

I’m trying to connect to my wireless printer, an HP OfficeJet 4630, with an Ematic EWT832NS 2 in 1 Windows tablet. I get a message to insert the CD that came with the printer into the computer (tablet) which doesn’t have a CD drive. The tablet appears to see the printer, but I can’t get the printer to print.

Whenever you are not able to install a printer via a CD-ROM or DVD you most likely will be able to download the driver and or software for your printer. This individual owned a Hewlett Packard OfficeJet 4630 printer. Also, they were using an Ematic tablet computer with Microsoft Windows 10 operating installed.

Download and install the Hewlett Packard OfficeJet 4630 printer software from the following link. Please do NOT connect the printer to your computer until instructed to do so by the software installation. Once you download that software to your computer you just double click it to begin the printer installation.

My experiences with Hewlett Packard printer installs, is to NOT connect your printer to your computer first. In this instance a tablet computer without a CD-ROM optical drive. You want to wait until the installation prompts you to connect your printer to your computer.

If you connect your printer to your computer first, Microsoft Windows operating system will attempt to load a default printer driver that may or may not work. Also, when you try to install the Hewlett Packard printer driver, the installation gets confused as it detects a driver already installed. The printer installation program may or may not install the correct original equipment manufacture printer driver.

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This may cause you to not be able to print, even after installing the correct driver. You will be prompted to select how you want to connect your printer to your computer. You will have two or three choices, USB cable, Ethernet, or Wireless.

This individual had a wireless printer. You want to make certain that you have connected your wireless printer to your wireless router network. You will need to know your SSID and password. Once you have successfully connected your Hewlett Packard OfficeJet 4630 to your wireless router network, you will be able to print to it.

Hewlett Packard printer installs are notoriously slow according to my own experiences as a real world computer technician. I would allow at least 30 minutes to an hour for the installation of the software to complete. Once the Hewlett Packard printer installation detects your printer successfully it will begin installing the software.

Most if not all printers I have supported in the last 10 years or so, almost always have a download available on their original equipment manufacture brand websites. Microsoft and Apple operating systems are almost always supported. You should be able to find a printer driver at the very least for most newer printers.

I always install the full suite of software including the driver. This can take quite a bit of time. However, you will be able to possibly copy, fax, print, and scan from your printer, depending on how many features it includes. The all in one Hewlett Packard printers usually include copy, fax, printing, and scanning capability.

You may be asked to register your printer. Also, you may be asked to enter fax information. You may or may not be able to skip these information requests.

Your printer software will finally complete the installation process. You may be asked to sign up to Hewlett Packard instant ink program. This voluntary and you do NOT need to sign up in order to print.

You will still be able to purchase printer cartridges yourself in order to print. These instructions were written for an Ematic 2 in 1 tablet computer with Microsoft Windows 10 operating system to print on a Hewlett Packard OfficeJet 4630 printer. However, you could certainly use these instructions and tips, as a basis point, to install printer software on any computer without an optical drive on most Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh operating systems.

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