- Some users have complained about not being able to use the HP Scan software without creating an account.
- Available in the Microsoft Store, the tool can alternatively be downloaded via installing HP Easy Start.
- Installing the correct printer driver is key to optimum functionality.
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The HP Scan software has been around for a while, as far back as the old days of Windows XP. Since then, it’s been a staple of the OS, up until Windows 11.
With the tool, it’s easy to scan any document, edit it directly from your PC and share it directly to different applications. However, users have faced compatibility issues over the years, especially with older versions of Windows, when downloading and installing the software.
The scanning solution works only with the correct installation of the appropriate drivers, and the tool itself, downloaded from the official source. The HP Customer Support base has some key tips for installing the software. Note that if you’re downloading from a third-party source, you’re at risk of inadvertently installing malware.
Although some scanners come with pre-installed software for your PC, not all of them may be compatible with your version of Windows. Some users have also found that downloading and installing the HP Scan software requires logging in via a cloud-based HP account.
In this article, you’ll learn how to download and correctly install the HP Scan and Capture software on Windows 10 and 11. You’ll also see whether or not you need an HP account to use it. Read on!
How can I download the latest HP Scan software for a Windows PC?
1. Download the official software
- Visit the download page.
- Click on Get and wait for the system to complete installation.
2. Install and activate the app
- After the download completes, click on Open.
- In the new window, click on the Settings menu.
- From the list of options, you can connect to other devices by clicking Select Device.
The app is also available to use on the App Store and Google PlayStore. Users should note that the HP Easy Start App is an alternative software through which they can download the universal print driver (alternatively available here), or the HP Scan and Capture app.
How can I install the HP Easy Start app on my Windows device?
For optimum functionality, HP recommends that users download and install the HP Easy Start app. To do this, follow the steps below:
- Go to the download page.
- Type in your HP printer version and press Enter in the search box.
- Click on Install HP Easy Start.
How can I download the HP Scan software without an account?
The preceding software of the HP Scan and Capture app was called HP Smart. This version required most users to log in with an HP account before accessing features. After a software update in 2018, the app’s features were radically altered.
Now, the new HP Scan and Capture software make it easier than ever to edit scanned documents, given that you have installed the correct set of drivers on your device. With it, you can skip that stage of the installation process; sure proof that you don’t need an HP account to download the tools.
Users should note that the HP Scan and Capture software is only available for scanners that support Windows 8 upward.
After downloading and installing the software as highlighted above, if you’re still having issues with device compatibility, then the chances are that you don’t have the correct drivers loaded onto your PC. If you’ve just switched scanners, and you find that you can’t install the software, then the driver is the most likely culprit.
A printer driver is a program that translates your system data into printable format and language understood by the printer. As a result, there are different drivers for different printers. If you’re printing from multiple computers using one device, then you should have a driver installed appropriately to each PC-printer configuration.
From the HP Support page, you can access the driver that best corresponds with your device version. If you still have additional issues, you can refer to this article for efficient HP scan software fixes.
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