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Setup stalls at checking network environment

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Could not print today. Deleted HP from programs. Started over. Downloaded setup software from HP website. All systems go except when it gets to Checking network environment the setup stalls. My son and I are stumped. OfficejetPro8600, N911a.

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Re: Setup stalls at checking network environment

I found this thread because I am having the exact same problem.  Everything was working fine and suddenly I could no longer print from my desktop computer.  Uninstalled then re-installed and it stalls at the end of "checking network environment".  I have a different printer but I bet the solution is applicable to my situation as well.

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Re: Setup stalls at checking network environment

Contacted HP help. George sent the following. I worked through it and finally was victorious.


Hello Mark,

Thank you for contacting HP Total Care.

After reviewing your email, I understand that you have an HP Officejet Pro 8600 e-All-in-One Printer and it is not printing anything frorm your computer.

I regret the inconvenience this issue might have caused to you. At the same time I appreciate the effort you have taken in trying to resolve the issue and also for being detailed in your approach. I will definitely try to resolve the issue to the best of my abilities.




This issue generally occurs due to some conflict between printer and computer application.


Solution summary

  • Uninstall the printer software
  • Delete printer registry keys
  • Download and install the full feature software



Mark, in order to resolve the issue, we would need to perform some basic troubleshooting given below:


Step 1: Uninstall the printer software


Please visit the following link and perfom all the steps in it to uninstall the printer software from your computer:

Now please proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Delete printer registry keys

Please perform the following steps to delete all HP all in one printer registry entries from your computer:

Click on Start (Windows icon), type regedit in the searchbox and hit enter. The Registry Editor window opens. Click File , and then click Export . In the Save in menu, click Desktop . In the File Name box, type HPBackup . In the Save as type menu, click Registration Files . In the Export Range menu, click All . Click Save .

Now to remove the registry keys

Click the arrow ( ) next to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE . Click the arrow ( ) next to SOFTWARE . Click the arrow ( ) next to Hewlett-Packard . Right-click all keys for the printer in use and any prior printers that you no longer use, and then click Delete

Now please proceed to the next step.

Step 3: Download and install the full feature software


(NOTE: If you have already downloaded the software, you can use that file also.)


1.     Open the above web site

2.     Click on Download button. File Download window will appear

3.     Click on Save and Save this program to disk

4.     Download file on to your computer Desktop


NOTE: Many of the full HP all-in-one product software program downloads are very large and will take some time to download.


5.     Double-click on the downloaded file and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.

Now check the functionality


This should resolve the issue.  If you need further assistance, please reply to this message and we will be happy to assist you further.

For information on keeping your HP and Compaq products up and running, please visit our website at:

HP Support recommends Original HP ink cartridges to prevent product quality issues like leaking, streaking or premature failures.

George HP Total Care

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From: To: null CC:   Sent: 05/29/12 07:15:08 Subject: HP Officejet Pro 8600 e-All-in-One Printer - N911a e-mail support

hp e-mail support Webform submittal date/time : 29 May 2012 01:37:54 UTC language_code : en language : English Country of Residence : United States product_line : 7T product_oid : 4323659 product_name : HP Officejet Pro 8600 e-All-in-One Printer - N911a part_number : CM749A,CN578A purchase month : 1 purchase year : 2012 problem area : installation and setup serial number : CN1B51KOX5 operating system : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 How is your product connected to your PC? : Network error message : See below problem description : Printer stopped working yesterday. Tried deleting HP program and re-installing with CD. Didn't work. Tried re-installing program from HP website. Didn't work. Process gets hung up at "Checking network environment." Green bar is full. Nothing happens. troubleshooting : Everything checks out. Network is working with Netflix and laptop. Computer connected to network. Printer connected to network. Can't get things going. setting changes : I tried to download a porn blocker that didn't work. Next day printer didn't work. That's all I know. No changes in cabling etc. The porn blocker's logo pops up when the computer is booting up, but I cannot find it in the programs list. Don't know what that means. Not literate in that area. tech skill : Intermediate first name : Mark last name : Carlstrom phone : 406-794-2037 email : form url : form country : United States

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Re: Setup stalls at checking network environment



Thanks for following up here on the forum. Im going to go ahead and have your post marked as a solution since it provides other users with a great step by step guide.




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Registered: ‎07-08-2012
Message 5 of 11 (6,043 Views)

Re: Setup stalls at checking network environment

I tried this sequece of steps to uninstall, clear the registry, reinstall. No luck, still having the same stall at "Checking network environment..."


Any other suggestions?

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Registered: ‎07-25-2012
Message 6 of 11 (5,961 Views)

Re: Setup stalls at checking network environment

I have ewxactly the same problem which has not been fixed with the above steps. Help please

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Registered: ‎10-11-2012
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Re: Setup stalls at checking network environment

I did all what was requested, but the problem of stall persists and no listing of printers takes place.

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Registered: ‎11-02-2012
Message 8 of 11 (5,191 Views)

Re: Setup stalls at checking network environment


Can you please give some more information about deleting the registry keys. I have many many keys under the Hevelette Packard key. How do I identify the ones I need to delete? Some of those are GUIDs.

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Registered: ‎10-09-2013
Message 9 of 11 (2,489 Views)

Re: Setup stalls at checking network environment

When trying to set-up again after I deleted everything it is still stalled at the "Checking network Environment" place, right in the middle it will just stay there and look like it is thinking and thinking and.......on and on. 


I just need my printer installed so I can get back to work?  It all started with no IP address in the location after I had been using it on a regular basis for about 2 weeks after first installation.  It all of a sudden would not print and my print jobs would get stuck in the print queu?  It was working and scanning so awesome and all of a sudden it stopped?


I actually have the warranty to help with this stuff but have been put on hold and can't sit on hold any more.  Help!!!

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Registered: ‎09-03-2013
Message 10 of 11 (2,449 Views)

Re: Setup stalls at checking network environment

Hi shondav,


I would like to help you with this problem. Could you please tell me what operating system you are running on your computer?


Thank you,

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