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April 18, 2010
Computer Stuff / Getting HP LaserJet 1020 to Work with Win 7

Ah, my very first laser printer in a long time. I had owned an Epson Stylus 880 and a HP 5740 inkjet printer awhile back. The former started giving me problems with clogged print head nozzles (I had tried to clean it but could never get it to print properly again, even with a new alternative cartridge), while the latter gave me problems with refilled cartridges. No idea what went wrong. I just know that I had spent quite a bit of money replacing the cartridges (and experimenting with ink refilling), and I wasn't about to spend another dime and time trying to figure out the problem.

So enter another printer into my life... the HP LaserJet 1020 after much research (and after discovering a source for affordable toner refills, as well as for alternative toner cartridges). Worked like a pro when it was still on Windows XP. Still performed like a champion when it finally made the upgrade to Windows 7... once I managed to get it WORKING that is! *groan* While I can tell you to contact HP for support (like as if that will be a fat lot of help when HP supposedly considers the printer too outdated to bother with a proper driver installation for Win7 *rolls eyes*), it's a lot faster and more productive for me to just post the solution here. So keep your fingers crossed, and follow the instructions below to get it functioning again:

1) Download the driver at...

HP LaserJet 1020 Driver Package for Windows 7

2) Unzip the contents to a temporary folder and DO NOT CLICK ANYTHING ELSE!
3) That also means *DO NOT RUN* SETUP.EXE.
4) I REPEAT. *DO NOT RUN* SETUP.EXE.
5) I REPEAT AGAIN. *DO NOT RUN* SETUP.EXE. The only way I found to get it working is by installing the driver MANUALLY! So go on to step 6.
6) Unplug the printer.
7) Uninstall the printer driver if it's on the computer.
8) Re-plug the printer back.
9) Add the printer.
10) Look for the driver under "Have Disk", and guide it to the temporary folder where you had unzipped the files earlier. The rest is self-explanatory.

A little bonus here for Canadian owners of a HP LaserJet 1020. You can get ink toner refills for cartridge Q2612A from http://www.inkpot.ca. I have personally ordered online from them the refills a number of times already, and it works awesome! And in case you're wondering, I'm not getting any commission mentioning this. Just the fact that I get to help a fellow human being save some money, and stick it to the greedy big time corporations at the same time, that's good enough for me. ;) Have fun!

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