Printer error in Windows® 7
What are the common errors that can occur in a Windows 7 system while connecting and using a printer with it? How can these problems be tackled?
Printers used today offer more features, require less maintenance, and are comparatively inexpensive than what used to be some years back. However, there there are issues with any printer you may decide to use due to some reason or the other. The best part is, most of the errors are fairly simple and can be resolved easily. Printers, which is basically a hardware component do not speak the language that your Windows 7 can understand. The communication between your printer and your Windows 7 is controlled by software. In case your printer software is outdated, you may come across random error messages on your screen. When you come across a printer error, first verify if your printer software is up-to-date or not. If your printer software is new, or the error refuses to be removed even after you have installed the latest updates, then uninstall your printer software using the built-in Add or Remove Programs utility and reinstall it in your system.
Tips to fix printer related problems in Windows 7 are given below:
- Improper printer driver installation
- Unable to connect to printer
- Windows 7 print spooler error
Improper printer driver installation
Improper driver installation is a one major reason why printers don't respond properly. If the printer driver installed in your PC is not proper or accurate then a message box would be displayed on the screen saying that the driver for the Windows 7 Operating System could not be found. The driver that you install in your PC must be compatible to the Operating System which is present within your system. In fact this problem is not due to the printers but due to the software. This issue could be solved by loading the new software that is well-matched with the Windows 7 Operating System.
Unable to connect to printer
If Windows 7 cannot connect to the printer, then problems might be with drivers such as incompatibility, unauthenticated etc. Loose connections between the computer and printer or cables that you use for connections could also be a reason. If you are using a USB printer, make sure the USB cable is firmly plugged into the port on your system. Click Start and choose Devices and Printers, followed by ‘Add a Printer’ tab at the top of the Window. Once done, it will activate the Add Printer wizard. Now click Add a Local Printer (to get connected to a wireless printer, you should choose 'Add a Network, Wireless or Bluetooth Printer' in the wizard) and make sure that ‘Use an Existing Port’ is selected and the recommended printer port is fed and then you must click next. Pick the printer brand and model you are connecting and click next. If you are unable to find the printer’s name in the list, update the drivers.
If print spooler error has already occurred on your Windows 7 system and advance printing has been stopped and if it cannot be recovered, then you should discover print spooler virus in your process list. Print spooler is lively when there is a print spooler virus in that list. Then you shall use Print Spooler Fix Wizard as an optimal medicine for print spooler. You can see that your printer will start functioning as soon as you run Print Spooler Fix Wizard.
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