Fix Inactive Printer issue on Windows® Vista®
What are the various ways for activating printer on Windows Vista?
A printer is a computer device which interacts with your computer and receives information from it. It helps in creating a hard copy of documents that exist in electronic form on the computer’s hard drive or a location accessed by the computer. If you have problems with the printer or associated software, you may face a "Printer not activated" issue in your computer. When you get an error message with the following code: "The Printer is not activated" error code, it means some problem has occurred in your computer. Please note that a permanent damage may occur to your system if the issue is left and not fixed immediately.
The causes due to which printer shown inactive on Windows Vista OS and the different ways to fix the issue are:
- Printer software issue
- Antivirus conflict or malware issues
- Tips to fix the issue
Printer software issue
For the function of the printer and for you to enable scanning, printing or copying of documents, you will need the printer software. If you have any issues with the printer software, your printer won’t be activated. This may be because you have installed incompatible printer software, that is creating conflicts with your Windows Vista.
Antivirus conflict or malware issues
Your antivirus software might be blocking the printer software or creating conflicts with your printer. At times you may face a "Printer Not Activated" error, the error code may be due to spyware or a virus. This is because the malware is creating conflicts with the printer software and creating interaction issues with your Windows Vista. You may also face a driver compatibility issue.
You can easily fix the printer software issue by downloading or updating your current software with a Windows Vista compatible printer software. Allow the printer software in your antivirus and mark it trusted. To remove the malware, it is highly advised that you run a removal tool to remove any spyware infections. Also install compatible printer drivers.
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