Set Default Printer in Windows® XP®
What are the methods to change and set your default printer on Windows XP running computer?
The Printer is primarily used as local peripherals and is attached by a printer cable or a USB cable to a computer. Printers with that come with built-in network interfaces are commonly known as the network printers, typically wireless or Ethernet based, and can serve as a source of hard copy device for any user connected to the network. The computer might be having a printer port. You might also connect the printer using the printer port or using the USB port. After connecting the printer, you might need to download the appropriate printer drivers. Sometimes issues might occur with the printer. There are many causes for the printers like printer software, wrong printer set up etc. You need to open ‘Add a printer’ wizard from ‘Control Panel’ and then detect install printer. After that, click on 'Set default printer’.
The following points might help you to resolve the issues while changing and setting default printer on Windows XP based computer:
- Install Drivers
- Problems with print jobs
- Printer not responding issue
In computers, printer drivers are a small set of software program that changes the data to be printed to the form which is specific to a printer. The main purpose of printer drivers is that it gives applications to do printing, and it might not be aware of the technical details of each printer model being used. If these printer drivers get corrupted, then your printer might keep going offline. These drivers are mainly corrupted due to viruses and other malware programs.
Problems with print jobs
The print jobs might be held up due to a piece of paper jammed in the printer. Sometimes, a print job never even makes it to the printer. Sometimes, one of your print jobs gets stuck in Windows’ printing queue, making it impossible to print at all. Any more jobs that you send through might wait to be processed on the end of the queue, behind the current pending job. And finally your printer goes offline.
At times, you may face printer not responding errors in your computer. This may be caused due to the presence of malware in your computer. The malware might be running in your computer and are creating conflicts with your printer software or printer drivers, making you not able to access the printer; it may corrupt or delete your printer drivers. To fix this issue, you will need to update your antivirus program and perform a deep system cleanup.
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