|Read the Printer Documentation to see if cmpatible with Vista, or Contact HP for availability of Vista drivers for your printer.|
I suspect the printer uses a standard USB cable, and most likely Vista will have, at least, basic drivers for HP printers.
Install the HP software, connect the printer when prompted. any incompatibility will likely produce an error that will give you some clues on what is needed to get them to work together.
One feature in the HP software is HP updates.
There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.