Printer problems with windows 10
The common printer problems with windows 10 encountered by a printer include offline errors, print quality issues, ink cartridge issues, connectivity issues, paper jams, etc. At times the printer may not function properly after upgrading your computer’s operating system.
Resolving printer issues when connected to Windows 10
- Get the HP Print and Scan Doctor software from the manufacturer’s website.
- Run the software to resolve issues such as offline errors, scanning issues, and other common errors.
- Open the Devices and Printers folder on your computer, and check if the printer is set as the default printing source.
- Update the USB driver for your printer, if you have connected the printer and computer using a USB cable.
- Use the printer troubleshooter on Windows to identify and fix the issue.
- Reset the printer spooler files and clear the print queue.
- Remove and re-add the printer.
- Update the printer drivers using the Update Driver Software.
Resolving issues of the printer installed on Windows 10
Make sure the connection between the printer and computer is proper. Check all the components of the printer and make sure they are clean. If you have established a wireless connection, check if the network is stable.
Running a troubleshoot for the printer from the Windows can help fix printer problems with windows 10. This troubleshooter can be downloaded from the Microsoft. Open it, select the printer’s name and then click Next. The troubleshooter will automatically detect printer issues and list them. Click the ‘Apply this Fix’ option to fix the printer problems with windows 10 automatically.
If you find the printer to be unresponsive, removing and re-adding it to your operating system may fix the issue. Open the Devices and Printers folder on your computer and right-click the printer’s name. Click the Remove Device option. Once the printer is removed, disconnect the USB cable from the printer and computer and plug it back after a few seconds. Now click on the Add a printer or scanner option to re-add the printer.
Outdated drivers can result in poor functionality of the printer. So to update the printer driver, open Device Manager and then give a right-click on the printer’s name. Select the Update Driver Software option. Click on the ‘Search automatically for updated driver software’ box in the next screen that opens.
The next troubleshooting tip is to clear and reset the print spooler files. Click Start on your computer and search your Windows for ‘Services’. Once the Services (Local) window opens, locate the Print Spooler file, right-click it and select the Stop option. To clear all the print spooler files, type “%WINDIR%\system32\spool\printers” in the search box and hit ‘Enter’. Delete all the files and then restart the Print Spooler.
Search for Devices and Printers option on your computer and select the printer’s name. Make it the default printing source. When you see the ‘Windows will not manage the default printer’ message, click OK. Print a Test Page to verfiy if the printer is working.
Open the Printers and Scanners settings, and then select the printer’s name. Click the Manage tab, and then choose the ‘Print a test page’ option. You can also make use of the troubleshooter on this screen to fix the printer problems with windows 10.