I use 98SE offline because there are several old apps and DOS that are still very useful.
Around 2009 my friend purchased an HP Deskjet D4260. For reasons he can't remember, the
factory sealed box was promptly stored on closet shelf. He offered this brand new printer to
me, and I immediately thought about keeping 98SE alive by installing this Deskjet.
The installation CD is for Windows 2000, XP, and Vista. I've got the latest version of KernelEx,
so I tried the install three times with each system. It didn't work. All I see on my Desktop is
an hourglass that flips over and over. The system freezes solid. I'm forced to use Task Manager
to kill a few processes.
There is a Universal HP Print Driver for 98. It's suppose to work with all Deskjet and Laserjet
printers. Again, it didn't work for me.
HP Universal W98W98SE USB DJ LJ Driver:
The recommended solution is to download almost any HP printer software if it's compatible with
98SE. Many people have successfully used drivers and a maintenance utility for similar (but not
identical) HP printers.
Here is a post you can find on several forums:
I tried a few HP packages for similar printers that are compatible with 98SE. It's worked for other
people, but it's not working for me. The drivers are not communicating with the printer, so I get
a "print failed" message box.
(I mount virtual partitions, so all new installs can be discarded if they fail. Also, I have many full
It seems like I've tried everything without success. I'm about to donate this printer to Goodwill, so
any suggestions would be appreciated.