Your HP printer might be giving you issues that apparently can’t be resolved by following the regular troubleshooting procedures. The printer might be non-responsive completely or there are issues with it receiving printing queries, as indicated by the indicator LEDs. Whatever the case might be, performing a factory reset to your HP printer is probably the best thing you can do, as there is not much data you might be losing in most cases, but it is important to make sure you have backups of configuration macros, e-mail addresses or any other important data so it can easily be retrieved.
How to Reset HP Printer to Its Factory State?
The process will differ quite a bit considering the model of your HP printer so it is a good idea to check the official HP Printer Manual. In case your printer has its built-in screen, there is a reset option within the Setup menu, presented as the gear icon. Once there, you need to click on Tools, and on the following screen select Restore Factory Defaults. The printer will then ask you to confirm this is what you want to do. Once you select Yes, or Continue, the printer will go on and reset itself to factory settings.
More advanced printers, like the OfficeJet Pro 8600 have a different approach to the factory reset procedure. In this case, you need to turn off your device and wait at least 10 seconds before attempting to power it on again. Once you turn on the printer, the Back button on the panel needs to be pressed four times and then you will be able to access the Support menu. Inside this menu, there will be a section called Resets. Within, there are several options to pick from, such as performing a full reset or a partial reset. Select the option you want and let the printer do its job.
Resetting HP printers can be done in multiple ways and here we covered just the two most common types of the procedure. Please hold on as we complete our fully featured article related to resetting HP printers to their factory settings, as there is a lot of ground to cover.