The Windows 7 Compatibility Center also reports that installation for the HP Deskjet 1280 printer does not require additional software. What this means is that the printer should be able to download the necessary drivers direct from Windows Update. For more information, see Update a driver for hardware that isn’t working properly.
Should you continue to experience trouble with driver installation, you may wish to try the following:
• Disconnect the USB printer from the current USB port and reconnect it to a different port
• Download and install the drivers for Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit/64-bit, respectively. The drivers can be found here for Windows Vista 32-bit and here for Windows Vista 64-bit.