Resolve the issue of network printers disappearing from 'Device and Printers' on Windows 7
How can you resolve the issue of network printers disappearing from 'Device and Printers' on Windows 7?
Windows 7 is an advanced operating system when compared to earlier versions of operating systems as it has got improved features. It delivers robust performance as well. You have to always install a genuine version of any product on Windows 7. A printer is a hardware device which helps to make a hard copy of a document. You may have a print server which is compatible with both a wireless network and printer. Printers that are capable of sharing files from one computer to another system via connections are called 'Shared Printers'. Sharing a printer saves time because you can print without the need of going to the main computer and take turns in printing. Add Printer Wizard helps to add the printer to the computer quickly and easily.
Ways to resolve issues when a network printer connected to Windows 7 disappears from ‘Device and Printers’:
- Tips to solve the issues
'Devices and Printers' feature allows you to view and use devices that are connected to your computer. You can open 'Devices and Printers' in two ways - Using Control Panel or by clicking 'Start'. A network printer connected to Windows 7 may disappear due to several reasons. If malware infects printer driver files, then it will corrupt the system files and as a result, it will delete necessary files.
A printer disappears from 'Device and Printers' because of the firewall installed on your system prevents or blocks the access of a printer on Windows 7. The firewall has the capability of preventing access of the printer and causes printer issues with the operating system. Due to errors, loading a program may cause the printer to disappear from 'Device and Printers'.
You can temporarily disable antivirus software or the firewall program installed on your system. If it is not resolved with this method, then boot in 'Clean Boot Mode'. You have to make sure the printer is properly connected to the system. Try to delete all the viruses by using the best antivirus software. This will also remove the issue of disappearance of the printer.
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