How to Fix Hpzimc09.dll Errors

Hpzimc09.dll is the HP Deskjet Imaging dll necessary to use HP printers. This may be found in the directory C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\{0FABD3D7-3036-4e78-B29D-58957ADB0A12}\common\drivers\com_os\.

Users may find that an error message saying that the hpzimc09.dll is missing and that this dll file is needed.

This problem is not limited to hpzimc09.dll. Generally, Files Needed error messages from HP usually start with either “hpz” or “hpf.”

Below are error messages that users may see.

The file hp******.*** on (unknown) is needed. Type the path where the file is located and then click ok.

The file hp******.*** on “hp cd” cannot be found. Insert “hp cd” in the selected drive and click ok.

The asterisks represent the missing file which may represent files that start with hpz or hpf as previously mentioned.

These error messages usually appear after a failed attempt at installing printer drivers.

There are various ways to resolve these error messages. Listed below are a few methods to solve Files Needed Errors for HP printers.

Method 1

  1. Click the Browse button on the file missing error message box.
  2. Select the drive letter of the CD-ROM drive with the HP Printer CD.
  3. Search the root directory for the missing file. In this case, look for hpzimc09.dll
  4. If you do not find the missing Hpzimc09 dll file, check the Windows driver version folder on the HP printer CD.
  5. Look for your language code.
  6. Click the correct language, drivers and operating systems folder.
  7. Clicking Open will return you to the error message box.
  8. Continue the installation by clicking Open.

If Method 1 does not resolve your issue, follow the instructions below. The cause of the error may be a residual file that is a remnant of a previous failed installation.

Method 2

  1. Cancel the error message dialog box.
  2. Go back to Desktop.
  3. Go to Start and then click on Run.
  4. Enter C:\Windows\inf if you are on Windows 9x, ME and XP.
  5. If you are on Windows NT and 2000, enter C:\Winnt\inf instead.
  6. Display hidden and system files.

    Windows NT, 95 and 98

    • Click on View.
    • Go to Folder Options.
    • Click on View and then Show All Files.
    • Press OK.

    Windows ME, 2000 and XP

    • Go to Tools and then Folder Options.
    • Click View and then select Show Hidden and System Files.
  7. Find and delete the specific printer files. Files will often start with HP followed by the actual printer number.
  8. Locate and double click on Other (C:\Windows\inf\other) folder. This may not be present in some operating systems.
  9. Locate and delete all appropriate printer related files.
  10. Exit and go back to the Desktop.
  11. Search for and delete the oemXX.inf file. Instructions are specific to the operating system. Follow the instructions for the operating system installed on your machine.

    Windows 95 and 98

    • Click Start and then go to Find.
    • Then go to Files and Folders.
    • Type oem in the look for file named line.
    • Type in hpz in the text box.
    • Search the C:\ drive.

    Windows ME and 2000

    • Click Start and then go to Search.
    • Go to Files and Folders next.
    • Type oem in the look for file named box.
    • Type in hpz in the text box.
    • Search the C:\ drive.

    Windows XP

    • Click Start and then go to Search.
    • Go to Files and Folders next.
    • Type oem in the look for file named box.
    • Type in hpz in the text box.
    • Search the C:\ drive.
  12. Check everything except Case Sensitive and Search Tape Back up under the More Advanced Options.
  13. Search your computer.
  14. Highlight and delete all found files.
  15. Go back to the main Windows screen.
  16. Empty Recycle Bin.
  17. Reinstall the driver.

The third method should only be used if the first two methods fail to resolve the issue. This is a riskier method as other HP products on the system may be deleted using this method. If there are other HP printers installed on the system, these may have to be reinstalled.

Method 3

  1. Locate and delete hpz*.* , and hpf*.* files.

    Windows NT, 95 and 98

    • Click Start and then go to Search.
    • Go to Files and Folders next.
    • Type hpz*.* in the look for file named box.
    • Search the C:\ drive.

    Windows ME and 2000

    • Click Start and then go to Find.
    • Then go to Files and Folders.
    • Type hpz*.* in the look for file named line.
    • Search the C:\ drive.

    Windows XP

    • Click Start and then go to Search.
    • Go to Files and Folders next.
    • Type Hpz*.* in the look for file named box.
    • Search the C:\ drive.
    • Check everything except Case Sensitive and Search Tape Back up under the More Advanced Options.
  2. Locate and delete all found files. Skip the files that cannot be deleted.
  3. Repeat the search process for the hpf*.* files.

Method 4

  1. Copy all the CD files to your hard drive.
  2. Locate and copy hpzimc10.dl_ to your hard drive. This may generally be found in \common\drivers\com_os\.
  3. Go to Start and then proceed to Run.
  4. Enter expand x:\foldername\hpzimc10.dl_ x:\foldername\hpzimc10.dll
  5. Start the installation.

Method 5

  1. Search for hpzimc09.dll. If you do not have this file, you may download hpzimc09.dll online.
  2. Copy the file to C:\WINDOWS\system32.
  3. Go to Start and then proceed to Run.
  4. Enter regsvr32 hpzimc09.dll to register the file.
  5. To unregister the file, type in regsvr32 -u hpzimc09.dll.

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