Windows® 7 not Detecting Printer Issue
Is your Windows 7 system not detecting the printer connected? Find out how to solve the problem.
Printers are computer peripheral devices that are essential for taking hard copies of the work done on computers. Printers are of many different types and they are classified according to the type of prints they produce. Windows 7 not only support all kinds of printers, but the OS also extracts better performance from them. Configuring and setting up printer for your Windows 7 system is very simple and even users with minimal experience regarding the task would be able to do it without any problems. Nonetheless, there are some issues that might come up with the use of printers on Windows 7. These include system freeze when connecting printer, OS not detecting the printers, printer showing error messages. Windows 7 not detecting printers is a common issue that can be solved very easily. Reasons as to why Windows 7 installed on your system is not detecting printers include problems with printer drivers installed on the system, issues with system files associated with the printers, problems with the printer connecting hardware etc. Such problems mean that even if the users restart the system or reconnect the printers, the OS would not be able to detect the printers.
Following details mentioned below gives users more information regarding tips to resolve printer not detecting issue on Windows 7:
- Check printer drivers
- Verify system file integrity
- Check printer hardware
Check printer drivers
All computer devices require drivers. Drivers act as the translators between the operating system and the hardware device and any problems with the printer drivers would directly affect the functioning of the printers. All Windows 7 users having printer not detecting issue are advised to check the printer drivers installed on the system. This can be done using the Device Manager utility and if the printer drivers are found incompatible/ illegitimate or outdated, the drivers would have to be replaced with proper ones to solve the problem.
Verify system file integrity
If some of the system files essential for the working of printer drivers on Windows 7 get corrupted or damaged in some way, then system would not recognize the printer that has been connected to the system. Users experiencing the printer not detecting issue are suggested to verify the integrity of the system files on the OS using the sfc/ scannow command in the CMD. Repairing any damaged system files using the default OS repair tool would effectively solve the problem and get the printer working.
The printer is connected to your Windows 7 system using connecting hardware such as connecting cords and connecting pins. If the connecting hardware used to link the printer and the Windows 7 system are defective, the printer would not be recognized/ detected. In such cases, the issue can be only resolved by replacing the printer connecting hardware with genuine components.
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