Fix the problem when Windows® 7 system does not recognizes printer
What are the tips to resolve the errors when Windows 7 system does not recognizes the printer? Although it does not happen very often, occasionally a computer with Windows 7 will not recognize that a printer port is available on the system. This can be because the BIOS do not know it is there or because the operating system fails to locate the port when configuring the system. You need to look in both places to make sure the computer knows that the printer port is installed to fix this problem. To resolve this issue check the BIOS. For that turn off your computer and allow the system to totally shut down. Then turn the system on and use the key shown on the screen to enter the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) of your computer. Choose the Printer Port from the options displayed and then click 'Next'. Now the printer port will be activated within your operating system for use. The issues when Windows 7 system does not recognizes the printer are:
- Blank device area
- Windows 7 not shows anything
- Printer image is not visible
Blank device area
When you open 'Devices and Printers', the device area may be blank and the summary says 0 items. For this navigate to this folder and see if any printer package is stored, you can manually delete it and again add the printer. There are two ways to add a printer, one of the method is to click on 'Add a printer' in 'Devices and Printers', then 'Add a network', select wireless or Bluetooth printer, and then select the printer. Install driver if it prompts you to do so, click next, and then click 'Finish'.
Windows 7 not shows anything
When running in Windows 7 , the devices and printers may not show anything there. You can install printers there when you try to print in word but you cannot delete printers, change the default or see the printers you have listed or any devices. To solve this issue, click the 'Start' Button, in start Search box and type 'services.msc', press the 'Enter' key and then double click the service 'Bluetooth Support Service'. Now click on the 'General' tab; make sure the start-up type is automatic. Now click the 'Start' button under 'Service Status' to start the service.
After the driver installation for the printer and having the process completed successfully, the printer is not visible in Devices and Printers but is visible and can be printed to from within the print dialog in programs. You can try the printer troubleshooter first. If it cannot solve the issue, uninstall and reinstall the latest version of the printer software and driver package for printer first. If this process does not work, it is also suggested you to manually add the printer in Devices and Printers to check the issue.
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