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HP Photosmart 8450 Printer Setup

The HP Photosmart 8450 printer is capable of printing borderless photos with very colorful and customized frames. It is equipped with a three ink cartridge printing system. This printer’s paper tray capacity is up to 100 sheets of A-size paper. Scroll down this page to configure HP Photosmart 8450 printer setup.

HP Photosmart 8450 Printer Setup

Let’s now look into the HP Photosmart 8450 printer setup in detail.

Unboxing the printer:

First, you have to remove all the tapes and the cardboard packaging from the inside and around the printer. Next, check if the following components are available in the printer box:

  • The HP Photosmart 8450 printer
  • The print cartridge protector
  • Print cartridges
  • The power adapter and cable
  • The User documentation
  • The HP Photosmart software on a CD
  • Paper sampler
  • The Photo paper storage bag

You will have to buy a USB cable separately because it is not included in the printer package. You have now finished the initial stage in the HP Photosmart 8450 printer setup.

Powering on the printer and setting the language:

Powering and setting the language
  • Connect one of the ends of the power cable to the back of the printer.
  • Next, plug the opposite end of this power cable into an electrical outlet.
  • Refrain from connecting the USB cable between the printer and computer until you are prompted to do so during the software installation.
  • Press the On button on the printer. This action will turn on the printer.
  • Now, the Select Language message will appear on your printer screen. So, make use of the Right or Left navigation keys to highlight the desired language.
  • Now, press the OK button.
  • Again, make use of the Right or Left navigation keys to highlight the Yes option. Next, press OK.
  • Now, you will find a confirmation screen. When the Select Country/Region message displays on the printer screen, highlight your country/region and then press OK. You will now notice the appearance of a confirmation screen.
  • You have now completed another important stage in the HP Photosmart 8450 printer setup.

Loading paper into the printer:

  • First, you need to raise the Out tray.
  • Next, you have to pull out the paper-length guide on the In tray. Slide the paper-width guide as far as possible to the left.
  • Now, you should place a stack of plain letter paper on the In tray.
  • You have to adjust the paper-length and the paper-width guides so that they fit close to the loaded stack’s edges.
  • You can now lower the Out tray.
  • Confirm that the photo tray slider is pulled to the front side of the printer.

Installing the cartridges:

NOTE: Make sure that you store the optional print cartridge and protector.

  • First, you need to raise the top cover.
  • Next, you have to push down and then pull out the print cartridge latch.
  • It is now time to unwrap the Photo print cartridge. Follow this step by pulling the pink tab to remove the clear tape and continue with the HP Photosmart 8450 printer setup.
  • Now, hold the cartridge such that the copper contacts go into your printer first.
  • Slide the cartridge below the metal bar, to the left of the cradle. You have to push the cartridge until you are sure that it has snapped into place.
  • After pushing down the cartridge latch, repeat the procedure for installing the Tri-color and the Gray Photo print cartridges.
  • You can now lower the top cover.
  • If you find a prompt to print the alignment page on the printer screen, press the OK button on the control panel.

The hardware part of the HP Photosmart 8450 printer setup is now over. Read on to find out how to install the HP Photosmart software on both the Windows and Mac operating systems.

Installation of the HP Photosmart software on Windows (USB):

Installation the HP Photosmart software on Windows
  • First, insert the HP Photosmart CD into your computer. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  • In case the instructions are not displayed, locate the setup.exe file on the CD. Double-click on this file.
  • Now, you need to choose the USB connection type.
  • When you find a prompt, use the USB cable to connect the printer and the computer.
  • When you come across the Congratulations page, click on the Print a demo page button.
  • You have now finished installing the HP Photosmart software on Windows. This is a crucial part of the HP Photosmart 8450 printer setup.

Installation of the HP Photosmart software on Mac (USB):

  • First, insert the HP Photosmart CD into your computer.
  • Next, locate the HP Photosmart CD icon and then double-click on the same.
  • You have to double-click on the HP Photosmart Install icon and continue with the on-screen instructions.
  • When you find a prompt, use the USB cable to connect the printer and the computer.
  • In the Print dialog box that displays, choose your printer. In case you don’t find your printer on the displayed list, you have to add it. You can do it very easily by clicking on the Edit Printer List button.
  • You have now completed the entire HP Photosmart 8450 printer setup.
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