How to Fix Printer Not Working Issue in Windows 10

Printers are a popular computer accessory and useful too. While, Windows 10 is an advanced and stable operating system, but it is not perfect. After upgrading to Windows 10, many users found that their printer is not working. Reasons can be diverse; maybe you’re using an old printer or driver, etc. Try these some effective and straightforward ways to fix printer not working issue in Windows 10.


How to Fix Printer Not Working Issue in Windows 10

Way 1: Check the connections

For Wired Printer:

•    Check the cables for any damage or short circuit.

•    Check the cable connections.

•    If your USB is not recognizing, run diagnose to fix the USB problems.

For Wireless Printer:

•    Check the printer’s wireless option. It should be on and available.

•    Check and connect your PC with your wireless printer.

•    Check with printer’s wireless connectivity test.

Way 2: disconnect and reboot printer

Most of the time a simple power cycling the printer can resolve the problems. So, it better to try this before altering any settings.

•    Power off your printer.

•    Unplug its cable from the power board.

•    Wait for a half minute.

•    Plug it back to the power board.

•    Power it on again.

Way 3: Remove and reinstall your printer

To uninstall your printer:

1.    Open ‘Start.’

2.    Click the ‘Settings’ icon.

3.    Click ‘Devices.’

4.    Select ‘Printers & Scanners’.

5.    Find your printer under the ‘Printers & Scanner’ heading.

6.    Select the printer and click ‘Remove device.’

This will remove your printer from your PC, and now you’ve to reinstall it again.

To install your wireless printer:

1.    Open ‘Start.’

2.    Click the ‘Settings’ icon.

3.    Click ‘Devices.’

4.    Select ‘Printers & Scanners’.

5.    Click ‘Add a printer or scanner.’

6.    Your PC will start searching for nearby printers.

7.    Select your printer.

8.    And, click ‘Add device.’

If your computer is unable to find your printer, make sure the printer is on and connected to the network. Windows easily finds the printers that are connected to the network.

To install your wired (local) printer:

Installing or adding a local printer to the PC is simple. First, insert the USB cable of the printer to the USB port of your PC, then power on your printer.

1.    Open ‘Start.’

2.    Click the ‘Settings’ icon.

3.    Click ‘Devices.’

4.    Select ‘Printers & Scanners’.

5.    Find your printer under the ‘Printers & Scanner’ heading.

6.    If you find your printer in the list that means it is installed.

7.    If your printer is not listed, click ‘Add a Printer or scanner.’

9.    Your PC will start searching for nearby printers.

10.    Select your printer.

11.    And, click ‘Add device.’

Way 4: Update your printer’s driver

Some printers and Windows require the most recent driver to work well. Here are some ways to update the printer’s driver.

Via Windows Update:

1.    Open ‘Start.’

2.    Click the ‘Settings’ icon.

3.    Go to ‘Update & Security’.

4.    Then click ‘Check for updates.’

5.    Windows will check updates, and install it automatically for use.

If this doesn’t fix your printer’s problem, you can visit the manufacturer website to install diver of the printer you’re using. Most of the printers come with a guide disc, might be it contains drivers too or help you to fix your problem.

Source:- How to Fix Printer Not Working Issue in Windows 10

Sam John is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for McAfee security products at mcafee.com/activate.

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