Printer Missing in Windows® 7
Tips to resolve the problem
Windows 7 is the latest Operating System from Microsoft Corporation. Windows 7 supports many hardware devices and printer is one of them. Printers are those devices essential for taking printouts of electronic files on a computer. Windows 7 supports multiple printer installation. This implies that Windows 7 users can connect and install more than one printer and use them simultaneously. However, some Windows 7 users might face problems with the use of printers. These issues include printer missing from the installed list. The problem might be because of several reasons such as registry issues, problems with the printer spooler service, problems with the connoting hardware connecting printer and the system, issues with the printer drivers, problems with some of the system files associated with the printer etc.
Following details give users more information regarding tips to fix the issue of printer missing from installed list on Windows 7:
- Restart printer service
- Check drivers
- Verify system files
Restart printer service
The printer spooler service running on your Windows 7 system might develop some errors over time. Such errors can cause printer to be missing from the list of installed printers. The printer missing issue can be solved by restarting the printer spooler service. Restarting the printer service might clear off errors and get the printer working. The printer spooler service can be restarted using the services tab in the administrative tools of the Control Panel.
Different hardware devices require different drivers. if the drivers of one of the printers installed on your Windows 7 system got damaged or corrupted in some way, then the associated printer might go missing. Windows 7 users expediting printer missing issue are advised to check the printer drivers installed on the system using the device manager. If the drivers are found having some issues, then they would have to be replaced or reinstalled to solve the issues.
Verify system files
Damage to some of the system files associated with the printer drivers on Windows 7 may cause printer to go missing from the installed list. Such problems can be only resolved by repairing the system files that got damaged. Users are advised to check the system files on the OS using the default system file checker and either use the default OS repair tool and the installation disk or try restoring the system to a previous restore point to solve the problem.
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