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Tommy

Printers working with Windows 2000

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Here's something that I don't think gets a lot of thought, but at the same time, we need to remain vigilant of it. Those who many not dualboot and use Windows 2000 natively will notice that new printers are getting harder and harder to find that support Windows 2000.

That's where I want this thread to come in. I'm now the proud owner of a brand new HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw printer and of course, the oldest OS it supports is Windows XP Service Pack 3, which is honestly surprising in itself.

So on my quest to find something that worked, I took note that Windows 2000 does have a native Color LaserJet driver available by default, the HP Color LaserJet 8500PS driver. You actually can use the Universal Print Driver v4.7 but to be honest, the above driver works better as the colors seem a bit more true to what they should be, the UPD makes your color images a bit dark.

I decided to take my chances and was pleasantly surprised, this driver WORKS on Windows 2000 for this printer. It communicates without a hitch and prints just fine in color. Now, who can truly argue with that? There may be other, better ones that may work but I felt the need to document this right now and also to just start a thread of printers that are working on Windows 2000 in the year 2020 and beyond. This is one of HP's latest LaserJets so that is fantastic to have a driver working that doesn't even need to be a universal driver. I have not tested this as far as a direct connection goes though as this is communicating over my network wirelessly. Once I get another Ethernet cable, I'm quite positive I will be hardwiring it instead as a direct wire connection is not only faster but more reliable though the router is only 4 feet away from the printer in the next room.

So please, share what you guys find and lets keep Windows 2000 going as long as we can while keeping it as functional as we can! Printing is certainly a fundamental so we need a database that we can ensure proper replacements as our aging hardware fails.

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I use Canon PIXUS MG6330

Network driver would not work  but , USB driver work on Windows 2000  :3

 

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I think that this thread should be expanded to cover all kinds of peripherals.

For example, I bought an EasyCAP SM-USB 007 composite video capture device to capture VHS content. It seems to be quite popular as it's sold on Amazon for a very low price. The drivers on the included CD are only for XP x86 and Vista x64 and up. But a small inf mod is all that is needed to get it working in Windows 2000 (and XP x64), to capture with something like VLC 3.0.x. Please note that the drivers from shady sites do not work for this purpose.

Now back to printers.

When we got an HP DeskJet 3632 a year ago, I was surprised to see that XP was still supported.

Now it's no wonder that HP printers continue to work with such legacy OSes since apparently not much has changed between 1998, when the LaserJet 8500PS came out, and now. So theoretically you could you use Windows 3.0/3.1, which also have 8500PS drivers, to print with your new printer!

I tried to test with the DeskJet but couldn't obtain its IP address (printer kept printing blank pages instead of the one with network info). I have an OfficeJet 6600 which is older (early 2010s) but the generic "HP OfficeJet" driver did not work with it.

When the "LaunchCondition" table was dropped from the MSI of the 2015 driver package, I almost got the user-mode drivers installed in a wireless config but it ultimately failed (probably expecting XP's native WLAN client). Kodak Imaging picks up the TWAIN device but doesn't allow me to scan.

I'm now betting on the Officejet 6500 official win2k driver from 2009 to work with my printer.

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