WINDOWS 7 AND MY HP Colour LaserJet CM1312nfi MFP


I have waxed on about how amazing it is to get a fax, colour copier, scanner and color laser printer for $500 when a little over a decade ago they were $100K. Amazing stuff. Our color LaserJet broke on the ship over from England (it must have taken a big knock) so after much futzing to see if I could get it running, I had to buy a new one and I landed on the new HP all in one.

As all of my home machines are now running Windows 7, I was hoping it would be a breeze. It wasn’t. However, if I would have thought of this, it would have been … I should have thought of this. During the install the software kept erroring out – because it did not recognize Windows 7. But thanks to this tip and the compatibility feature in Win7, it is now running just fine. The steps are below, hope it helps others:

I just got my CM1312 MFP working in Windows 7.  Here’s how:

    1. Insert the setup disk in your CD/DVD drive.  Choose to view the files in Explorer.  Scroll down to the file "Setup," which is identified as an application.
    2. Right-click the file and select "Properties." Click the "Compatibility" tab at the top of the resulting window.
    3. Check off "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and choose "Windows Vista" from the pop-up menu.
    4. ALSO check "Run this program as administrator" at the bottom of the window.
    5. Press "Apply," then "OK."

Now you can double-click the "Setup" file and run the software installer

And no to that certain someone who is about to make a comment, this does not make me want to buy a Mac.

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