Add Printer Wizard on Windows® Vista
What is 'Add Printer Wizard' in Windows Vista and what it does?
Windows Vista is an operating system with lots of utilities for helping users in installing peripheral devices to a PC. 'Add Printer Wizard' is one such tool, which helps the user install a printer easily. The printer to be installed might be a conventional or wireless one. The printer can be connected directly to the computer or through a network. Once the printer is switched on, the 'Add Printer Wizard' automatically detects the printer and guides the user in a step-by-step manner to connect it with the computer. The 'Add Printer Wizard' can be used to install multiple printers.
Some important topics related to the use of 'Add Printer Wizard' in Windows Vista are:
- How Bluetooth printers are attached using the Add Printer Wizard?
- Common errors that are encountered while using the Add Printer Wizard
- Troubleshooting when the 'Add Printer Wizard' doesn’t detect a printer
How Bluetooth printers are attached using the Add Printer Wizard?
It is very important to know the name of the printer to be installed before starting the installation. The Bluetooth printer must be switched on, and should be accessible. In the Windows task bar, click on the ‘Start’ button. In the sub-menu opened, click on the ‘Control panel’ icon. Then click on the ‘Hardware and Sound’ icon, and in the subsequent menu, click on the ‘Printer’ icon. After clicking ‘Add a printer’, the Add Printer Wizard opens. In the 'Add Printer Wizard', click on the ‘Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer’ icon. Now a list of available printers is displayed; select the one to be installed and click on ‘Next.’ Now the 'Add Printer Wizard' will prompt the user to enter the administrator password, and install the printer drivers. The 'Add Printer Wizard' will guide through the next steps, and once completed, it displays the ‘Finish’ button. After the ‘Finish’ button is clicked, the Bluetooth printer is attached to the computer.
Common errors that are encountered while using the Add Printer Wizard
The error message “Access is denied” is displayed on the computer screen when the user tries to give a print command to an installed shared printer. This happens while trying to print from a Windows Vista-based PC to a PC running Windows XP. Sometimes a printer needs to be added, but is not displayed in the Add Printer Wizard. The solution is simple; if the Wizard cannot detect a printer then install it manually. When the 'Add Printer Wizard' is used to connect a new printer, users might get the error message “Operation could not be completed. The print spooler service is not running”. This error happens because the spooler service might have stopped or hasn’t started.
Troubleshooting when the 'Add Printer Wizard' doesn’t detect a printer
The 'Add Printer Wizard' doesn’t detect a printer. This problem happens with an already installed printer or a new printer to be installed. Check whether the printer is switched ON or not. If not, the printer is to be switched ON. If the printer is ON, check if the networking cable is properly plugged. Plug the networking cables properly if required. For a Bluetooth printer, check whether the mode set in it, makes the device accessible to all. If the printer is set to the invisible mode, make it visible. If the problem persists, it means the problem is with the computer software or hardware.
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