How to Install an HP Scanner

By Chad Buleen

Many scanners use a USB connection to connect with computers.
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HP scanners are useful to those who need to recreate images or text digitally. Users can place a document or an image on the scanner and the scanner will scan the original and recreate a digital version that can be saved, sent in an email or printed later. Installing a HP scanner is simple, but it does require the proper software. HP scanners come with an installation disc that computer owners must use.

Close any of the open programs on the computer.

Locate the HP CD-ROM disc that came in the box with the scanner at the time of purchase. Insert the disc into your computer's CD-ROM drive.

Follow the instructions that appear on the screen if you are using Windows. If you are using a Mac, double-click on the disc icon on the desktop and then follow the on-screen instructions.

The instructions may vary slightly, depending on what model of scanner is being installed and what operating system your computer uses. Generally speaking, the instructions will require you to specify where you want to save the files associated with the installation disc.

Turn off the computer if the on-screen instructions prompt you to do so.

Use the USB cable that came in the box with your scanner to connect the USB port on the scanner with one of the USB ports on your computer.

Plug the scanner's power cable into a wall outlet or surge protector.

Turn the computer back on, if you turned it off earlier. The HP scanner has been installed.