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Why do I have to sign into an HP Smart account to do a simple print job from my HP Envy printer to my HP desktop?  I could care less about the advantages of an HP smart account.  How do I just print scan, etc without signing in all the time?

 

I am sorry I bought HP

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@unhappyalso 

 

I am sorry, too, though I am pretty sure that the solution for this is within your reach.

 

Your unknown printer - and, in fact, most newer printers, support a Full Solution / Feature Software driver option for printing and scanning in Windows (and usually other recent Operating Systems, as well).

 

It is a matter of downloading and installing the full driver printer software for your printer and recent version of Windows.

 

The full driver printer software - once installed - provides print and scan options without the need to sign into the software.

 

After the full driver printer software is installed,

Use HP Scan for PDF and images / photos.

You can also make use of "not HP Smart" scan applications.

 

If you would like to do so:

  • Provide us the model name / product number of your printer.
  • Provide, too, the Operation System and version so we know what you need to install / use.

 

 

References / Resources

 

 

The Basics - Standard - Reinstall Full Feature Software

 

Printer Software - Installed / Not working?

Uninstall Existing Printer Software (Full Feature Software)

 

Uninstall HP printer software and drivers

Reminder:  Windows > Uninstall HP printer software, and then remove the printer from your Devices list.

 

Control Panel > icon view > Programs and Features >

Find / Select > Uninstall the printer software

Restart the computer and log in

 

NOTE:  If software will not uninstall, appears to be removed and is “still hanging around” after you uninstall / Restart...

Microsoft:  Fix problems that block programs from being installed or removed

OR

Revo Uninstaller (Free version)

then

Restart the computer and log in

 

 

Next

 

Installation – Full Feature Software

 

  • If using USB, disconnect the USB cable between the printer and the computer before starting the installation.  Connect the cable when instructed to do so (toward the end of the installation procedure).

 

 

Printer Software - Easy Start Software wrapper

  • Home Page - HP Easy Start
  • Open Category Software and Drivers
  • Topic: Software-Utility
  • Download and save the current version of the Easy Start Software to install your print software
  • Install / Run the Easy Start software - opt for the "Full Driver" when asked which software to install

 

OR

 

No Easy Start for your older printer model or other "don't / can't use this method" issues?

If you do not already have your installation package ready to download

then

Look for and Download-Save-Install the Full Feature Software (Printer Software) installation package

 

  • Open your printer Support Website  
  • Open Category Software and Drivers
  • Full Feature Software might have been relocated to subcategory Software-Utility
  • Installation package name might be named Print and Scan Driver and Accessories

Basic Instructions - Install the Full Feature Software / Full Driver printer software

 

Preparation

  • If using VPN, shut it off to install software
  • Not working?  If the printer software is still / already installed, uninstall it from Programs and Features > Restart the computer and log in – Reference Uninstall HP printer software and drivers

Reminder:  Windows > Uninstall HP printer software, and then remove the printer from your Devices list.

 

Installation

  • Download and Save the Full Feature Software installation package or the Easy Start Software
  • Open File Explorer
  • Navigate to the folder in which you saved the installation file  (likely Downloads)
  • Reminder:  If using USB cable between printer and computer, disconnect the cable before installing software.  Later... Connect the cable when instructed (near the end of the installation procedure).
  • Right-Click on the installation package and “Run as Administrator
  • If using Easy Start > When asked, opt for "Full Driver" (exact wording might vary).
  • If using Easy Start > Skip any extra software / offers you do not want (wording varies).
  • After the software is installed, Restart the computer and log in

 

NOTES

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Preparation > Check / enable the printer as the “Default Printer”

 

Settings > Devices > Printers and scanners

UNCHECK (clear box) Let Windows manage my default printer

Select (Left-Click) your printer from the list of printers > Manage > Set as Default

 

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HP Printer Home Page - References and Resources – Learn about your Printer  - Solve Problems

 “Things that are your printer”

When the website support page opens, Select (as available) a Category > Topic > Subtopic

NOTE:  Content depends on device type and Operating System

Categories:  Alerts, Access to the Print and Scan Doctor (Windows), Warranty Check, HP Drivers / Software / Firmware Updates, How-to Videos, Bulletins/Notices, Lots of How-to Documents, Troubleshooting, Manuals > User Guides, Product Information (Specifications), more

Open

Product Home

Enter the type and name of your HP printer / device

 

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