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How To Avoid The HP "Firmware Update"
If your printer is currently working, then the easy approach to keep it working is to set the printer update software so it does not automatically install updates from HP.
Check for the software program HP Update. Left click
the Start button, and type HP Update, and left-click on it.
If HP has already installed the firmware update and your printer is malfunctioning, you will need to use one of the Firmware Downgrade tools, described below, to install the previous version of the printer firmware.
HP Printer Firmware Downgrade Links
The premier distributors of re-manufactured ink
cartridges for HP, Canon, Epson, and other printers - CompAndSave,
ComboInk, and 4InkJets -
have published comprehensive documents and downgrade versions for most HP
printers that precede the HP "updated firmware" versions. Their downgrade
links are listed below, along with a list of affected printers, which I
will keep updated as I learn new information.
I certainly cannot guarantee that the downgrade firmware will work for your printer. However, the worst that can happen is that you can get back to the new HP firmware update (using the printer update firmware button), and obtain new cartridges from CompAndSave. According to one of their customer service agents, their new cartridges are compatible with this firmware update.
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Here are the HP printer firmware downgrade links.
note: The fundamentals of using these downgrades are:
CompAndSave - In addition to an excellent firmware
they also sell very high quality HP-compatible cartridges
that are compatible with the recent HP firmware update. Check with their
chat agents before ordering if you cannot downgrade your firmware.
CompAndSave is a professionally-run organization, and they have live chat
agents (not "chat-bots").
Please note that the CompAndSave printer list is incomplete. Use the download specified for the cartridge series for your printer.
Printers affected by HP's "firmware upgrade:"
HP 90x series
HP 95X Series
HP 97x Series
HP 202A/X Printers
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of all HP printers. I am collecting information and firmware links for others.