Reasons Windows® 7 cannot connect to a printer and ways this problem can be resolved
What prevents Windows 7 to connect to a printer? How can this problem be resolved?
Printers are devices that are connected to computers as external hardware. Printers require a printer driver that should be installed on computers that are compatible with the Operating System. Printer drivers act as an intermediary between the Operating System and the printer. Driver software consists of all the essential components that help you to print. Print Spooler is one such component. Issues with installation of printer software cause issues with Windows 7, will be prevented from connecting to the printer. You need to click on 'Connect to' option in the Start menu for sharing the system with a device like network PC or a printer. If any issues occur with the system or the printer, you may not find 'Connect to' option.
Reasons for Windows 7 not connecting to a printer and ways to resolve this problem:
- Check hardware
- Check printer
- Troubleshoot drivers
You should check whether the connection between devices is proper. Make sure that cables are correctly plugged in and the power button is turned on. HomeGroup feature can be used while installing the printer sharing function on a Windows Operating System. Configure the printer and its various settings properly. In the case of network printers, check routers as well.
The printer that is connected to Windows 7 can be configured either as a standalone printer or as a network printer. A standalone printer can be connected to the computer directly. The network printer should be shared between computers. The printer connected to the computer should be compatible with Windows 7 and it should meet system requirements of the printer.
Drivers are essential software that should be installed on the system to enable the printer to connect to Windows 7 systems. The driver installed on the system therefore requires compatibility with Windows 7 Operating Systems. Most printer driver manufacturers provide you with drivers that are compatible with Windows 7. You are also recommended to update driver software for the printer to work properly.
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