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Installing HP LaserJet 500 color on Windows

You know the drill. In about 15 simple steps you'll be printing like it's 1999.

1) Grab the drivers from the link below and unzip them into a temporary folder on your computer.


2) Open the Control Panel and click on the View devices and printers link. Or open Devices and Printers directly from what used to be called a start menu.


3) Click the Add a printer button.


4) Select Add a local printer and click Next.


5) Select the option Create a new port. Choose Standard TCP/IP Port from the Type of port combo box.


6) Enter ilpc.stanford.edu in both the Hostname or IP address field and the Port name filed. Make sure the check box Query the printer automatically... is checked.


7) Select the option Standard for the Device Type and make sure that Hewlett Packard Jet Direct is selected in the combo box.


8) Click on the Have Disk... button.


9) Click on the Browse... button.


10) Navigate to the folder that you have unzipped the driver files to (#1) and click on the Open button.


11) Select HP LaserJet 500 color M551 PCL6 from the list and click Next.


12) Enter a name for the printer. ILPC might be a good suggestion.


13) If Windows offers you to share the printer at this point make sure that you select Do not share this printer.


14) You do not want this to be your default printer (it is slow and the supplies cost an arm and a leg) so please remove the check from the box Set as the default printer. You may wish to print out a test page to see if the printer is working as expected. Click Finish when you are done.


15) Open the Devices and printers again. Find the printer you have just added in the list. Right click on the printer and select Printing preferences.


16) On the Printing Shortcuts tab please set the Print on both sides combo box to Yes, flip over. The environment will be eternally grateful to you. Don't forget to click Apply when you are done.