Printer Disappears in Windows® 7 based System
What are the various ways to resolve the issue when the printer disappear from the list of installed printers in Windows 7 based system?
Windows 7 has a peculiar Print Management system that provides a hub point for sharing printers on a common network. As the administrative point, the print management system manages print server and network printing tasks. Systems that have Windows 7 as an Operating System share printers on a common platform or network by centralizing the management tasks. Print Management 'Microsoft Management Console (MMC)' snap-in technique is used for this purpose. It helps you to manage issues that come up with printers not working or disappearing from the list of installed printers.
Following are the important points related to issue when the printer disappear from the list of installed printers in Windows 7 based system:
- Install printers in Windows 7
- Printer not present in the list
- Tips to fix
Install printers in Windows 7
Installing of programs, drivers, software or peripherals is slightly different in Windows 7 based system. In previous Operating Systems, step-by-step procedure has to be followed for installing any of the hardware or software and it used to be a time consuming task. In most cases, there were compatibility and conflict issues in previous versions. Windows 7 has been designed in such a way that it supports many applications and is compatible with many hardware and software. It immediately recognizes and install the new peripheral device like printer connected to the PC.
Printer not present in the list
You can face this issue because of printer driver and printer spooler service. To fix this issue, you can try to reinstall your printer driver and get the latest driver from the genuine manufacturers website To start print spooler service and set it to automatic, follow this procedure. Right click on 'Computer' and select 'Manage' from the list. Select 'Services' menu and then 'applications'. Click on 'Services' tab and double-click on 'Print Spooling' key. In 'General' tab, goto 'Startup Type' and set the value to 'Automatic', and to enable or disable the printer spooler service, click 'Stop' or 'Start'. Now click 'Apply' and reboot the computer. Once you follow the above steps, try to print a document.
Make sure that the cable is properly connected. Check whether the cables and power cords are precisely connected to the computer as well as to the printing device. Make sure whether or not all the power buttons are switched on and all necessary equipments well connected to the set-up. You have to make sure that the preinstalled drivers are not corrupted or outdated as this can be the reason for printer not being listed in the list of installed printers. Whenever you download drivers, ensure that they have no compatibility issues with your system specifications and always go for the latest and up-to-date versions to avoid further complexities.
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