Printer not working on Windows® 7
What are the various problems due to which the printer would not work on Windows 7? What are the ways to fix them?
Printers can be best described as those devices that are essential for taking physical copies of files on a computer. Printers are of many different types and most of them can be used with Windows based computers. Windows 7 can be installed with any kind of printers and the device would work exceptionally well with the OS. However, some Windows 7 users might face some issues with the use of printers on the system. Some of the common printer related issues that are known to come up with Windows 7 computers include printer freezing, printer not responding, printer printing gibberish, very poor quality prints being produced, paper jamming etc. If printer related problems are coming up on Windows 7 system, then users are advised to first check the physical components of the printers such as paper tray, feeder, etc. and make sure they are working properly. Printer related problems with Windows 7 computers might be because of many reasons such as driver issues, issues with system files associated with the printers, registry errors, issues with printer spooler service on the system, etc.
The following details will give users more information regarding ways to resolve printer issues with Windows 7:
- Check printer drivers
- Verify system files
- Check printer service
Check printer drivers
The printer connected to your Windows 7 system works with the help of drivers. Any issues with the printer drivers installed on Windows 7 system would cause problems to come up when the printer is in use. Windows 7 users having printer related issues are advised to check printer drivers installed on the system using the device manager. If the printer drivers are found having some issues or they are outdated or illegitimate, they would have to be replaced with correct genuine versions to solve the issues.
Verify system files
System files on Windows 7 are associated with the printer drivers that are installed on the system. Any problems with these system file associations would cause printer related problems to come up on Windows 7 system. Windows 7 users facing printer related issues are advised to check and verify integrity of system files on the OS using the sfc/ scannow command in the command prompt. If some system files are found damaged, users would have to repair the OS with default OS repair tool and Windows 7 installation disk to solve the issues. Windows 7 users can also try restoring the system to previous restore point to solve the issues.
The printer connected to your Windows 7 system works with printer spooler service that is active on the system. If the printer spooler service developed some errors over time, functioning of printer would be affected. Windows 7 users with printer related issues are recommended to check printer spooler service running on the system using services.msc command in RUN. Restarting the printer spooler service would resolve such issues and get the printer working.
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