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How to Prevent Microsoft® Windows® 7 Network Printer from going Offline

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What are the reasons due to which network printer shows offline in Windows 7 and ways to resolve them?

Network printer is the printer which shares resources through a network, which helps you to use the resources effectively. However there are several situations in which you could get problems with the working of a printer. In these situations you can try rebooting the system connecting to the printer. In other cases you need to follow troubleshooting steps in which you need to check whether the network has got any problem by checking whether your Internet connection is working or not. If the problem is with network and related to the software fix that issue first and then try for other troubleshooting steps.

Following details mentioned below will give you an insight as to resolve issues of Windows 7 offline printer.

  • Malware
  • Outdated driver
  • Physical issues


Malware are programs which can create bugs in your system by self installation of corrupt software, that can also change the network settings. While you get any problem with network printing, examine whether your system is in clean state. Try scanning the system using anti virus software and kill every detected malware.

Outdated driver

Printer driver is the software program which communicates the printer with the Windows 7 Operating system. Various printer driver issues are outdated driver, incompatible driver etc. While you are using a printer in network, the driver installed in your system might not be the right one suitable for Windows 7 Operating system. To solve the problem related with driver, uninstall the current driver and install the latest driver. To install the correct one, visit the printer manufacturer’s web site and download the driver compatible to Windows 7 Operating system.

Physical issue

A network printer can not work well if the physical connection of printer is not correct. While you get offline printer, manually check whether the printer is put offline and check whether the printer is properly plugged in. You can also check whether there is any paper jams, by pressing resume button if the issue is resolved. Check whether the printer can print while you print from any other computer.

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