WARNING: LETTING PRINTER MANUFACTURERS “UPGRADE” YOUR PRINTER SOFTWARE

 

 

Fairly recently I bought a Hewlett-Packard Deskjet 2544 printer and its been giving me good service.  It was not expensive and, as seems to be the norm these days, the cost of its inks look like exceeding the cost of the actual machine quite soon.

.

However I keep receiving messages from HP asking me if I want to upgrade my printer software but, being quite happy with the printer as it is, I always cancel them.

.

Now it appears that I may have unwittingly been doing the right thing – and here I quote from a letter printed by Amateur Photographer magazine in their 5 July 2014 issue: “Another point: never permit your friendly printer company to ‘upgrade’ your software (usually in the background so that you never know).  Class it as ‘junk’ and let it be automatically binned.  The ‘upgrade’ only tells your printer how to recognise and combat the latest compatible cartridges. “. 

.

In other words, the printer company don’t want you using any third party inks, those budget inks that may well be cheaper than those of the printer company.  AP have published this letter and not contradicted its contents, so I imagine that they do not disbelieve it..

.

Can anyone provide any further input on this issue?   Does anyone know if these suppositions are in fact correct?

.

Adrian

.

.

.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

6 Responses to WARNING: LETTING PRINTER MANUFACTURERS “UPGRADE” YOUR PRINTER SOFTWARE

  1. Got nothing for ya, toots, but I never upgrade my printer. If it ain’t broke, don’t “fix” it!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sallyann says:

    I’m always very wary of upgrades, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.!
    They’ve just upgraded the fabric softener which I’ve used for over the last twenty years… now it stinks!
    On a more serious note though I left updates on my phone until eventually they changed something at their end of the line which stopped my end working. I clicked on update everything and the phone went haywire. Eventually I worked through it, uninstalling things one at a time and was lucky to find the problem before I stripped the phone back to the bone.

    Like

    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I’m like you, I think there is a built in bit of me that avoids upgrades if at all possible, and just goes with what I’ve got. But your softener, is that what it is? … I thought it was the drains …. 🙂 …

      Liked by 1 person

  3. LensScaper says:

    The only time I have ever upgraded a printer’s software was when I upgraded an operating system and thought I needed to look for a new printer driver in consequence.

    Like

This blog has two pleasures for me - creating the images and hearing from you - so get your thoughts out to the world!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: