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Windows 10 won't connect with HP all-in-one printer

HP Photosmart C4480
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

I just upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Everything's great except my HP photosmart C4480 "got lost" somehow. Windows can't find it and can't interact with it. I have tried installing software/drivers but I'm getting a "failed installation" message. I even changed my Startup as instructed by HP,  but the printer is still not recognized by Windows 10. I don't know what to do next. I have restarted the computer multiple times and unplugged-plugged in the printer multiple times.

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Windows 10 won't connect with HP all-in-one printer



Welcome to HP support community.


Perform root level uninstallation to remove all the printer related software's.

  • In Windows, search for and open Programs and Features.
  • Select your HP printer.
  • Select Uninstall.
  • In Windows, search for and open Devices and Printers.
  • In the Devices and Printers window look for your HP Printer. If you see it listed, right-click on it and choose "Delete" or "Remove Device.”
  • Open up the run command with the "Windows Key + R" key combo.
  • Type printui.exe /s and click OK.
  • Click on Drivers tab.
  • Look for HP Printer driver. If you see it click on it and click Remove at the bottom.
  • Select OK.
  • Remove all instances of the same.
  • Select Apply and OK on the Print Server Properties windows.
  • Close Devices and Printers. 
  • Restart the PC again.

Download and install printer driver

Click here to download the driver.


I hope that helps.

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