Resolving Network Printer Issues on Microsoft® Windows® 7
Is network printer connected to your Windows 7 system showing offline status? Find out how to solve the problem
Printers are computer peripheral devices that are essential for taking physical copies of electronic files on a computer. Printers can be installed on almost all Operating Systems and this includes the latest Windows 7 OS. Unlike other Operating Systems Windows 7 would extract better performance from the hardware components connected to it. Windows 7 can be setup with any printer including network printers. Network printers are those printers that are connected over a network with many number of computers and the printer can be accessed by any computer within the network. Windows 7 even has a printer setup wizard that can be used to setup and configure network printers on the system. Some Windows 7 users might face some problems when using network printers on Windows 7. These issues include printer showing offline status when it is actually not. The network printer connected to your Windows 7 system might be showing offline because of reasons such as problems with the printer driver installed on the system, errors within the printer service running on the system, incorrect configuration of printer settings etc.
Following details gives more information regarding tips to solve network printer showing offline status on Windows 7:
- Check printer settings
- Verify printer drivers
- Restart printer service
Check printer settings
The network printer connected to your Windows 7 system has many settings. If the settings of these printers have not been configured properly, then printer will show offline status when its not. All Windows 7 users having network printer showing offline issue are advised to check the IP address used for the printer and reconfigure them if necessary. Users must also right click on the network printer, select properties, go to the configure port option and uncheck SNMP Status Enable option. This would solve the printer offline issue.
Verify printer drivers
The network printers connected to your Windows 7 system requires drivers to function. Drivers link the network printers with the Windows 7 OS and issues with the printers would directly affect the functioning of the printers. Windows 7 users having network printer offline issue are suggested to check the network printer drivers installed on the system and ensure they are correct, authentic and up-to-date. If the drivers are found not meeting the aforesaid requirements, then they would have to be replaced with suitable ones to solve the issues.
The network printer connected to your Windows 7 system works with a printer service that is running on the system. The printer service running on the system might develop some errors over time as the system is used. Errors within the printer service can also cause network printer showing offline issue. In such cases, the problem can be solved by restarting the printer service on the system using services.msc in RUN window. Restarting the printer service would clear off errors and get the printer service working properly.
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