Solved: unable to copy downloaded printer driver to CD

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Not sure if this is the right place for this post but here goes anyway. My mother in law's old printer finally died and someone gave her a HP F380 all in one with no driver disk. She lives in another state and does not know how to download files like this. I used this older computer downstairs with the same Windows Version. I have it downloaded but when I try to put it on CD it gives me the error message that the title is too long. I'm not sure how to shorten the title so it will go on a CD. Here is the title....AiO_071_000_CDA_Default-full_Network_AmericasEuro1_NB.exe. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
 

etaf

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right click on the file and rename
then call it anything you like

what windows version
 

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One of the nice things about the HP Deskjet F380 All-In-One and earlier HP Deskjet F300 series printers is that HP continued to provide a full-feature software driver package for it as each new Windows version was released.

I had a HP Deskjet F340 that started out being used with Windows ME and survived through Windows XP, Vista, and 7 before I donated it to an elderly neighbor.

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When you rename that file to shorten it, make sure to leave .exe at the end of it, or else it won't execute and work.

Example: HP_Deskjet_F380.exe

According to the file name that you provided, I'm guessing your mother-in-law's computer is running Windows XP.

The software driver package for Windows XP is 507 MB and is much larger than it is for Windows Vista and Windows 7 because it contains a lot of unneeded extras.

You want to make sure NOT to use the default install option, or else all that unneeded stuff will get installed.

Select the optional/advanced install option, then uncheck the unneeded stuff.

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rubeckf

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Many thanks to both of you. Yes, we are both running Windows XP Pro SP3. I couldn't get it to download for xp on my windows 7 computer even if I just wanted to save it and put it on a CD. So I finally gave up trying and just decided to do the whole thing down here. I had just been using this older computer offline to play games. I connected it to my wi fi and set it up down here to do this for her. Thanks again, I have the CD made now.
 

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After you download and save that 507 MB-size file for Windows XP, right-click on it and then rename it.

You can then burn it to a CD-R.

If you don't know how or have difficulty in burning it to a CD-R, then copy it to a USB thumb drive.

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Thanks again, I have the CD made now.
OK, good. (y)

Disregard my previous reply.

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