Ultimate Guide To Fixing Problems With Printers In Windows 10

Best Methods To Fix Most Printer Problems In Windows 10:

It’s great being able to print whatever you want from your computer until you encounter an issue and your printer stops working and you can no longer print.

This can be very frustracting so thats why In this post we will be taking a look at the best methods which usually resolve most printer issues in Windows 10, so you can get back to printing hopefully very soon.

Some of the errors you might be getting when trying to print are:

  • Receiving an error when trying to print
  • Printer spooler stuck
  • Print job stuck
  • Printer showing offline
  • Print job failed

If we didn’t mention the error you are getting when trying to print don’t worry because regardless of the problem you are facing, try each method below because one of them will hopefully work. Once you have done a method then try and print again, if that method did not fix the printing issue then move onto the next method.

Fixing Printing Problems In Windows 10:

1. Ensure your printer is plugged in and turned on

2. Check Windows 10 has detected your printer – Make sure your printer is listed and not showing as offline, as that means your printer is probably not connected properly or turned off

  • Right-click on Windows start menu icon > Settings
  • Devices > Printer and Scanners > Make sure printer doesn’t say Offline

3. Run the Printer Troubleshooter:

  • Right-click start menu icon > Settings
  • Click “Update & Security” > Click “Troubleshoot” then Additional troubleshooters
  • Find “Printer” then follow the printer troubleshooter steps

4. If you are using your printer over WiFi ensure you have entered the correct password – It’s easier to just enter it again (perhaps the WiFi password has been changed)

5. Try plugging the printer in via USB – If you are using the printer over a WiFi connection

6. Update your Printer Drivers:

  • Visit the manufacturer’s website for your printer and download the latest drivers

7. Restart Printer Spooler:

  • Open Windows start menu and search “Services” and open it
  • Now find “Print Spooler” in the Services list
  • Right-click it then click “Restart

8. Run Diagnostics on the printer itself:

  • Check your printers manual or the manufacturer’s website to see if you can run a troubleshoot or diagnostics on the printer itself

9. Ensure you are printing to the correct printer – There is a setting that can automatically change your default printer which can sometimes become confusing

10. Remove the printer then add it again:

  • Unplug the printer from your Windows 10 computer then go to start menu and search and open “Control Panel
  • Change view by to “Small icons
  • Click “Devices and printers
  • Under Printers right-click your printer > Click “Remove device
  • Now plug your printer into your computer and setup the printer like you originally did before

11. Update or Uninstall Windows 10 Update – Try updating Window to see if that helps. Or if you have just installed a new Windows 10 update and since then your printer stopped working then remove the update you just installed:

  • To check for updates: Right click start menu > Settings > Update & Security > Click “Check for Updates”
  • To remove an update: Right click start menu > Settings > Update & Security > Click “View update history” then “Uninstall updates” and remove the update you just installed

12. Reset your printer back to its original default settings – This will remove any settings you have saved to your printer so it will be as if you have just brought it from the shop again. If you do this you might as well also remove the printer from your computer like we showed you in step 10

  • Check your printers manual or the manufacturer’s website to see how to do this

There you have it those are the steps for fixing most problems when it comes to your printer not working in Windows 10. If the above does not help get you back up and printing then you might need to contact the manufacturer of your printer to see if they know the reason why your unable to print anymore.

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