Fix Printer Driver Automatically
You may not be able to access the printer from your computer if there is an issue with the printer driver, you need to fix printer driver automatically. The driver issue may occur due to an improper configuration, incompatibility, incorrect registry or any malware. If the driver is not updated, an error may occur in your operating system.
Quick Guide for Fixing Printer Driver Issues Automatically
- Open the Devices and Printers folder on your computer.
- Locate and remove the printer driver.
- Click Start on your Windows and open the Devices Manager folder.
- Open the Printers folder, right-click the printer’s name and select the Update Driver option. Perform the step below to troubleshoot the driver issues.
- Search for ‘Services’ and then double-click the Print Spooler option. Click Stop and then select OK.
- Type the %WINDIR%\system32\spool\printers in the search box and select the driver file folder. Delete all the files.
- Locate Print Spooler in the Services list and select the Start option.
- Make sure the Startup Type is set to Automatic and click OK. The issues will be detected and fixed automatically.
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Detailed Instructions for Fixing the Printer Driver Issues Automatically
Power up your printer and wait until it makes no noise. Make sure the connection between the printer and computer is proper. If you have connected them over a wireless network, check if the network is stable.
If you have established a USB connection, remove the cable from the printer and computer. Replace it if it is damaged or worn out. Try restarting the printer and computer, and then try to print. If the problem persists, set the Windows to fix printer driver automatically.
Search for ‘Change device installation’ option on your Windows, and then select the ‘Change device installation settings control panel’ from the list of results to open the Device Installation Settings window.
Select the ‘Yes, do this automatically (recommended)’ option and then click the ‘Save Changes’ tab.
To install the printer driver using the Add Printer wizard, search for ‘control’ on your Windows, and then click the Control Panel from the list of results. Select the View devices and Printers option and then select the ‘Add a printer’ option.
Select the printer’ s name in the next window and then select the Next tab. If the printer is not listed, click the ‘The printer I want is not listed’ option followed by the ‘Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings’ option. Click Next and then chose a port if you have a USB connected printer. Click the Next tab again, choose Windows Update.
Wait until the update is complete. Select the ‘Add a printer using TCP/IP address or hostname’ option in the Add Printer window and click Next. Click on the Device type drop-down list and select the Autodetect option. Provide the printer’s IP address. Now, wait for the computer to detect the printer and connect to it.
Run a troubleshooter to fix the issue automatically. Open the Devices and Printers folder and locate the printer’s name. Right-click the printer’s icon and select the Troubleshoot option. Keep following the prompts until the troubleshooting is fixed. If the issue persists, delete all the print spooler files by following the steps below.
Search for ‘Services’ and then give a double-click on the Print Spooler option. Click Stop and then select OK. Type %WINDIR%\system32\spool\printers in the search box. Open the driver file folder and delete all the files. Locate Print Spooler in the Services list and select the Start option. Set the Startup Type to Automatic and click OK. The driver issues will be detected and fix printer driver automatically.