How Do I Update the HP Officejet 6500 Printer Driver?
The HP Officejet 6500 is a wireless all-in-one inject printer. It’s popular with both home and office users and makes both color and black and white prints at a maximum speed of 31 pages per minute. The Officejet 6500 enables users to print, copy, scan, and fax documents, and connects to your home network via either WiFi or Ethernet.
To make the most out of this full-featured device, you need to make sure that you have the latest device drivers for this printer installed on every computer connected to your network. HP, like other printer manufacturers, frequently updates their driver software to add new features, enhance performance, and even fix known bugs. To realize optimal performance from this printer, it’s essential that you have updated drivers installed.
In addition, if you experience problems printing, copying, faxing, or scanning, you may need to reinstall or upgrade the printer driver. Many common printer problems are the result of a corrupted, deleted, or outdated driver file. It’s important, then, to know how to find, download, and install the HP Officejet 6500 driver.
What Are Printer Drivers?
A device driver, like the printer driver for the HP Officejet 6500, isn’t a physical thing. It’s actually a small software program that installs in Windows and enables your notebook or desktop computer to communicate with and control a specific hardware device. If your system doesn’t have the proper device driver for each piece of hardware installed in or connected to your computer, that device won’t work. Most computers typically have drivers for printers, mice, keyboards, monitors, hard drives, and more.
A printer driver controls all the communications between your computer and your printer. While an all-in-one printer like the HP Officejet 6500 can copy and fax without being connected to your computer, for it to print or scan, it must be connected to your network or individual computer and have the proper printer driver installed and functioning properly.
Once the printer driver is installed, you shouldn’t have to worry much about it – unless, that is, you begin to have trouble using the printer. Device drivers, like any software on your computer, can be accidentally deleted or corrupted. If this happens – if your printer starts acting up or not working at all – you may need to reinstall or update the printer driver.
In addition, older device drivers may, for one reason or another, be incompatible with recent Windows updates. If you find your printer stops working properly after updating Windows, it’s possible that this new version of Windows might no longer be fully compatible with the older version of the printer driver you have installed on your system. This is another good reason to update your printer drivers on a regular basis.
Finally, since HP and other manufacturers periodically update the functionality of their printers, it’s important to have the latest version of your printer drivers installed in your system. This will let you take advantage of any bug fixes, additional features, or performance enhancements provided by HP. As always, you need to keep your entire system up-to-date – including all the device drivers.
How to Update Your HP Officejet 6500 Printer Driver
Every so often HP will update the device drivers for its printers – even older models, like the Officejet 6500. These updated drivers are available for download from HP’s website. Just search the site for your Officejet 6500 printer and click the appropriate driver download link.
Once you’ve downloaded new a new driver for your printer, you need to install it on your computer. You can do this manually, as described here, or via Driver Support’s driver installation tool.
To manually update your HP Officejet 6500 in Windows 10, follow these steps:
- Right-click the Start menu and select Device Manager.
- Double-click to expand the Print queues (On some versions of Windows you should expand the Printers section, instead.)
- Right-click the driver for your printer and select Update driver.
- When prompted, select Browse my computer for driver software.
- On the next screen, click the Browse button next to Search for drivers in this location.
- When the Browse For Folder dialog box appears, navigate to and select the folder where you downloaded the driver, then click OK.
- Click Next.
- When Windows is successfully done updating the driver, click Close.
Updating Your Printer Driver with Driver Support
If manually updating the HP Officejet 6500 printer driver in this fashion seems a bit daunting, there is an easier solution. Driver Support’s automatic driver update tool makes the process of updating device drivers quick and easy. With the update tool, you never have to worry about your HP Officejet printer driver going out of date, getting deleted, or becoming corrupted. All you have to deal with is your normal day-to-day printing, copying, and scanning.
When you install Driver Support’s update tool it automatically monitors the drivers for all the hardware installed on your computer system. It automatically performs any necessary driver updates, including those for your printer.
So when you want to need to update the driver for your HP Officejet 6500 printer, you can do it manually – or take advantage of the easy-to-use automatic update tool from Driver Support.
Driver Support Keeps All Your Devices Up to Date
Updating your HP Officejet 6500 printer driver is just one example of how you can update system drivers to keep your computer operating smoothly. You can use Driver Support to keep all the drivers on your computer current and in prime operating condition.
Driver Support has been providing trusted solutions to the computer community since 1996. You can trust Driver Support to automatically update your system’s device drivers and keep your computer and all its peripherals operating in tip-top condition.
Driver Support cleans the system for any and all active, supported devices. When you fully register the software, it takes care of any drivers that are misplaced or out of date. Get started now.