I tried to install my 19 month old HP LaserJet P1006 on my Windows 7 rig a few days ago and failed abysmally because HP still does NOT have Windows 7 drivers for it!
Tells you to come back in late November.
This would be kind of funny if not for the fact that HP got caught short, with their pants around their ankles, on this same issue with Vista. I know … because I was doing a sweet gig, as a Weekend Warrior selling Epsom printers. Epsom had Vista drivers. HP didn’t. It was Christmas 2007.
I am a long-term HP share holder. But, I am going to get out of HP. They really are poorly run. The announcement last night that they are going to buy 3Com confirmed that. All that HP does is buy companies hoping to find the right synergy.
Before I had this Windows 7 rig built, I looked at buying a high-end HP i7 system. But, as is my wont, I researched the machines on the Web. HP had a HUGE motherboard problem with i7s.
They are supposed to be #1 or #2 in terms of the world’s largest IT corporation. They are tight with Intel and Microsoft. But, they can’t properly support i7 or Windows 7.
Given the way that LaserJets are installed, I can’t even trick Windows 7 into accepting the Vista 64-bit driver. I tried. I checked the Web. Others too had tried.
I wrote THIS about this printer, that I purchased from Best Buy (Concord, NH), shortly after I had installed it:
Printer is OK. Driver software poor. 04/28/2008
By Rigel from Alton, NH Read all my reviews
What’s great about it: Decent print quality. Inexpensive. Fast.
What’s not so great: Untested, poorly designed driver software.
“This is a GREAT little printer, at a decent price, if ALL you want to do is straight, 1-up, ‘nothing fancy’ printing.
Would you recommend this product to a friend?: No
Well, all I will bother to say NOW is the DRIVER SOFTWARE is even poorer. It won’t work with Windows 7.