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Hope this is much more helpful

Your main problem as I can explain it, can be the installment of an older driver (at first). This problem will now reappear, no matter if the current drivers you are using/installing are up-to-date. Thus, the operating system is still using a part of those previous "memories" even when installing something different related to that printer.

i. Make a restore point. (http://www.wintuts.com/System-Restore).
ii. Have the vista cd with you in case you have problems and need to restore.

delete driver..
1. http://www.wintuts.com/Uninstall-the-driver-of-a-hardware-component
You will remove the printer drivers but the same idea aplies.
2. Go to registry .. start up -> type in the search -> regedit-> click on the regedit (in the result list)
3. Even if you backed up your system (creating the restore point) please be careful at this step. Click the Edit-Find->Type "Hewlett Packard"..or just "Hewlett"-> Delete the file found then press F3 or Edit->Find Next. Before deleting anything do look in the bottom of the (regedit) window and see the location of the file (Example ..I have other printers and the first find was in HKEY_CuRRENT_USER\Printer\Settings.)
4. Download the driver from the main site but do not install it yet.
5. If you have a friend or somebody that can give you a USB printer it would be great. Plug the usb printer. Use a USB printer since they don't create problems and are quickly installed by Windows Vista. The system will recognize the printer. Print a document (one or two pages).
6. Unplug the USB printer and plug you own. Install the drivers needed/downloaded and see if it works.
7. While doing this 1-6 unplug your printer and do not plug it until you get to step 7.

more ways..
A. If you already have an older restore point. Older then the first driver installment use it and then download and install the up-to-date drivers from the manufacturer site.

B. You could install a fresh new Windows Vista. It's easier and less time-consuming then the time spent searching for a solution.

C. use another way (LPT or network) for printing.

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