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    HP Universal PCL5 Driver download locations found!

    Long story short - I have an old HP LaserJet 4 Plus that is still plugging along. Windows 10 no longer offers a driver for it. The only HP Universal Driver offered via Windows Update is the PCL6 driver, which won't work for my printer and many old LJ printers that are still in use.

    Other people reported that the HP Universal PS (PostScript) driver worked for them with their older HP printers, but my experience over many years with PostScript printer drivers and a whole host of different models of HP printers has been a mixed bag, so any opportunity to avoid using that driver was a big goal of mine.

    The Universal PCL5 driver for a variety of Windows OS's used to be offered for download by HP, and the challenge was to track it down despite HP's best efforts to seemingly prevent anyone from ever discovering that it existed.

    Challenge completed, here are the links to the Wayback Machine at archive.org where you can download the final release of the HP Universal PCL5 drivers:

    Driver for 32-bit Windows:

    Code:
    https://web.archive.org/web/2019*/http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib/software13/COL40842/ds-99377-9/upd-pcl5-x32-6.1.0.20062.exe
    Driver for 64-bit Windows:

    Code:
    https://web.archive.org/web/2019*/http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib/software13/COL40842/ds-99378-9/upd-pcl5-x64-6.1.0.20062.exe
    I really, really, really hope this is helpful for others and saves them a good amount of time trying to find these files.

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    Re: HP Universal PCL5 Driver download locations found!

    Thanks for the research and links. I will be downloading and saving those files, as I am sure I will be needing them at some point.

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