Causes of Windows® 7 not Connecting to the Printer
What are the issues with printer connections in Windows 7?
To install a printer you could directly connect it to your system. Such printers are called local printers. If your printer is a Universal Serial Bus (USB) model, Windows will automatically detect it and begin installation when you plug it into your PC. If you are installing a wireless printer that connects to your computer over a wireless network (Wi-Fi), you can make use of the ‘Add a device’ wizard to install the printer. If it is an older model that connects to the serial or parallel port, you might have to install it by hand. If you are using a network printer, confirm that the printer is powered on and connected to your local network with an Ethernet cable. After installing the printer, if it does not work, then check the manufacturer's website for troubleshooting information or driver updates.
The main causes for problem with connecting printers in your Windows 7 system and tips to fix those issues are given below:
- Reasons for not connecting
- Connecting wireless or network printer
- Connecting local printer
Reasons for not connecting
The reasons for the printer not to connect to your computer might be plenty. The major causes include problems with drivers such as compatibility issues, authenticity problems etc. If you do not have the set-up disc of the printer and Windows cannot find it via Windows Update, then check the manufacturer's download page. The loose connections between the computer or printer could also be a cause. If you are using a USB printer, make sure the USB cable is firmly plugged into a USB port on your PC. Configure your firewall settings accordingly, as the Firewall might be blocking some of the services involved, including the printing feature.
Connecting wireless or network printer
If Windows 7 cannot connect to your printer and the printer is wireless, click 'Start' and select 'Devices and Printers'. Then click 'Add a Printer' found at the top of the window. The Add Printer wizard will start. Click 'Add a Network, Wireless or Bluetooth Printer'. Windows will now search for the available printers. If the printer you want to get connected with appears in the list of available printers, select it and click 'Next'. Select the printer brand and model you want to connect and click 'Next'. If you cannot find the printer’s name in the list, update the drivers in your computer. You shall also click on 'The Printer That I Want Isn't Listed', browse for the printer or enter the printer's name or TCP/IP address and complete the connection.
If Windows 7 cannot connect to printer, try the steps ahead to solve it. Click 'Start' and select 'Devices and Printers' then click 'Add a Printer' found at the top of the window. Then Add Printer wizard will start. Click 'Add a Local Printer' and make certain that 'Use an Existing Port' is selected and the recommended printer port is entered. Now click 'Next'. Choose the printer brand and model you are connecting and click 'Next'. If you cannot find the printer’s name in the list, update the drivers.
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