I am no longer able to install any printer (tried 3 with OEM download drivers, which work OK with my laptop). It may be because I did a maximum uninstall of the HP DeskJet F2280 using RevoUninstall, or possibly because I used DOS2USB (unreliable and since uninstalled) for printouts from PCFile.
The PC works fine otherwise.
I have a Dell Dimension 1100 PC with XP Home version 5.1 and SP3, but no XP CD. I am not sure if I have the “ex-works” restore, which I would prefer to avoid anyway if possible. The original documents (2005) have an insert which says I do and says refer to the manual, but I find no mention of it there. Also I do not have the FAST backup feature and failed to download it via the Dell site, reason given being a language difference - my basic software is in French.
The install software asked for a number of missing .dll files, which I copied successfully from my laptop which has XP Home, but it still led to various failure messages at the end of the installation. I would like to know if copying chunks from the laptop could be a solution. I noted that the Inf folder was much bigger on the laptop.
Very grateful for any help,