Printer Installation Problems on Windows Vista®
What are the various problems I might face while installing my printer on a Vista-based PC?
You might face various problems during the installation of a printer on the Windows Vista PC. When you download a Vista driver from the printer manufacture's site and install this driver on the print server, you might face various error messages, for example, Windows cannot connect to the printer, or operation could not be completed. These problems might arise due to various reasons. Either the name of the printer was typed incorrectly, or the printer might have lost its connection to the server.
The various installation problems are discussed below:
- Upgrading from Microsoft Windows XP to Windows Vista
- Using the Web Point and Print Feature
- Invalid Network Printer Name
Upgrading from Microsoft Windows XP to Windows Vista
After upgrading your PC from XP to Vista, printers already installed in XP are no longer installed. This is because of a difference in the design of printing functionality between the two. After upgrading XP to Vista, Windows Vista is able to record the connection information only for point-and-print printers. You need to consult the site of the printer manufacturer to resolve the issue.
Using the Web Point and Print Feature
This problem arises when you try to install an Internet Print Protocol printer from a Vista-based print server and you are logged in with a user account that is localized for a language that uses a non-Latin character set. In that case you need to go for a Latin character set to resolve your problem.
Invalid Network Printer Name
If you are trying to connect a Windows Vista-based PC to a network printer whose name is in valid, then you are making a mistake because the connection will obviously fail. The third-party printers are generally affected by this problem. If a third-party printer provider does not use a UNC path to name a printer, you cannot connect the computer to the printer.
In case of the installation problems, you need to visit the manufacturer’s site of your printer in order to resolve the issue. After visiting the site, you might be able to check for a Vista-specific driver. You can avail the available information regarding the installation of your printer. You can also copy the driver from the site to a particular folder on the server. Once the clients connect to the server, their built-in technology would enable them to take the drive from the server and install it.
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