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Q: Windows XP & Auto Printers

Hi guys

I am a bit troubled with the Windows XP's auto printer scanning enhancement. Whenever a printer attached to a Windows XP computer is shared in the network, most of the other Windows XP users within the network can access the shared printer without additing it manually (because Windows XP scans(?) the entire network for a new shared printer) which ends up with 20-25 auto printers within the "Printers and Faxes" window where a normal user faces troubles to choose right printer!!!

Please tell me how I can turn off this "enhancement" from Microsoft.

Thanks in advance.

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This seems to be happening for various printers on various workgroups. Basically, I install a shared workgroup printer on a computer in the workgroup (not the computer it's physically attached to). Then on some login names, in their Printers and Faxes folder I see the same printer but the word "Auto" is in front of it. These often have limited ability to work. But I'm mainly wondering why they show up and how.

A:Auto (printername) Printers showing up in XP Printers and Faxes Folder

Windows sensed them on the network and automatically installed them . . it's agrivating that it does that, but it does.

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I've installed the printer I want to use, but every time I restart, it seems Windows 7 adds some network printers, and then changes my default printer. Is there a way to stop this?


A:Stop Windows 7 From Auto Adding Printers

joe3zz Welcome to SevenForums,
You have marked the printer you want to use as default? Can you remove the other printers from your network or do you use them sometimes?

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I dont know if i've posted in the right section but if not, could someone direct me into which section i should have posted.

However, just hoping someone can help me out with the following question.

I want know how IT staff of schools, large organisations etc install a new printer to every single user without having to log onto each account and install this new printer.

Do they write a script so that when the user logs on it does an auto install?? i have no idea however if anyone can tell me how they do it, it would be great.

Also, if anyone can link me on how to write a script for this purpose it would be greatly appreciated. thank you.



A:Auto install of printers

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I am not sure what happened, but, suddenly I am seeing a lot of auto-created printers (for shared and networked) generated. It is always the same networked printer that is created. What causes this? How can I stop this from happening? Thanks.

A:How to stop auto-created printers

This should help;

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My PC is in a small LAN where some people share their printer. These shared printers on other pc's appear automatically in my printer list, with a name such as "Auto HP LaserJet 4L on BARDOLINO"

How can I prevent this from happening? I'm quite happy to use the create wizard if I want to print to a shared printer, it doesn't have to appear automatically. It is also confusing: some applications can't print to the auto-generated printers; only to manually added printers.

Is there an option to disable the automatic creation of these "Auto <printername> on <pcname>" printers ?

A:How to prevent auto-created printers


Go to control panel->folder options->view and remove the tick from "automatically search for network folders and printers"

Note:- this doesn't always work,but try your luck

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Ok, I'm probably not the first person to ask about this.
Why on earth, can I not see any of my connected network printers under 'Devices and Printers' of Windows 8? The devices are without question, 100% connected and registered with the OS, as evidenced from their presence within the 'Print Queues' section of
Device Manager, and various software packages, when accessing the 'Print' dialog. I can't even find any evidence of the printers within Print Management! What is going on?

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Have several Windows 7 machines on a Windows 2008 domain that has 50 network printers.  When adding a printer to a Windows 7 machine, it does not find any, even though the printers are listed in the AD (dedicated server managing). Yes, I can manually add the printer to each Windows 7 machine, but that bypasses the management / print quota /etc we have setup.What do I need to do to get the Windows 7 to communicate and see the domain hosted printers?  The printers are properly found and listed on the XP clients.

A:Windows 7 Not Seeing AD Printers when adding printers

Regarding the issue that the printers are not listed in the Select a printer window, based on my research, I would like to suggest the following to have a check:
1.    Please ensure that the SSDP Discovery service is started.
1)     Log on to the client computer by using an account that has administrator permissions.
2)     Click Start, click Run, type ?services.msc? (without quotations) in the Open box, and then click OK.
3)     In the list of services, double-click SSDP Discovery.
4)     In the Startup type list, click Automatic, and then click Apply.
5)     Under Service status, click Start to start SSDP Discovery.
6)     When the service is started, click OK, and then quit the Services snap-in.
2.    Check your group policy settings:
1)    You can run ?RSOP.msc? on the Windows 7 client to check if there are any policy settings which are related to printers has been applied. You can check:
User Configuration ? Administrative Templates ? Control Panel ? Printers
2)    You may also gather the following for our further research:
Please run the tool ?gpresult? on the server and client sides to export the current Group Policy settings:
Open an elevated command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
gpresult /v d:\ policy.txt.
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In an office where we have several computers with multiple printers attached to each, these printers will sometimes appear on a remote computer as "Auto [printername]"

Why is this? In some cases, we don't want these printers showing up as optional printers on on some remote systems, while we may want it on others.

Example: We have computer A, B, C, D, E, F and G, with printers attached to each. We want Printer A available to B & C but not to E, F and G. Problem is, we will set Printer A up on B & C and then at some later point (hours or minutes) Printer A shows up on D, E and F as "Auto [printername] even though we didn't set it up and don't want it set up on D, E or F.

A:Why do some networked printers suddenly appear as "Auto [printername]"?

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This one's got me totally buffaloed.

I'm the IT Manager for a small consulting firm. Everyone travels, everyone has a laptop joined to the domain. Mostly Dell, but two of them are HP Envy M4s. One of those (originally Windows 8 Pro, now 8.1 Pro) has the weirdest printer issues. We have two shared printers in the office, an ancient Brother HL-5140 monochrome laser and a hotsy-totsy Konica Minolta C35 multifunction color laser. The latter has direct network connectivity but both are shared through host computers (that's what the leasing company recommended).

Of course these were installed on the problematic M4, along with some printers she has at home. For the last several months (maybe since the 8.1 upgrade, I'm not sure) when she brings the computer back into the office the office printers don't work. They have to be uninstalled and reinstalled. But it gets weirder. For the lat month or so when she goes home she cannot connect to her wireless network if those printers are installed. So right now they are not installed. Which is a major PITA for her at work.

I've reinstalled several times, and wiped the system clean of the drivers and everything, and nothing has any effect. The other M4 has no issues.


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Hi All
I spend a few hours trying to remove a few printer entries in the "Devices and Printers" directory.
Have followed a few Internet based suggestions without a chance. After reboot, the printers are back again.
I have tried multiple times including through the "Print Management". No matter what I set the default printer, it always comes back, after a restart, to the printer I want to remove.
This is my directory listing.
Like this one, this one and a number of others.
A couple of entries are 'double' entries and the other is an old printer I do not want any longer.
Has anyone of you come across such a painful task?


A:Unable to remove printers(printers come back after restart)

Some pdf printers hang around until that program is removed.
Now when you put the big green check mark in printer (A) and open program (B)pdf it will shift that big green check mark to printer (B) which is for that program.

The normal method I use to remove a printer is just right click on it and choose remove device.
A long time ago when I had many printers that is the way it worked for me.

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I finally came up with a solution to this problem.

No printers were showing up under Control Panel > Devices and Printers.
All printers were visible using print command in any software. I just couldnt set a default printer, remove obsolete printers, etc.

I then found the "Print Management" utility and it solved all my problems.

A:No printers visible in Control Panel > Devices and Printers

How did it solve your problems? What did you do once you got there?

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I would like to completely disable auto run / auto play in Windows Media Player 12 on Windows 7, and I cannot find a way to do so. I've searched the web endlessly, and there are lots of suggestions, but nothing works. I have disabled every type of auto run / auto play I can find, but if Windows Media Player is open and I insert a flash drive, CD, or DVD, whatever I'm playing is interrupted by what was inserted even if it's not media. Just a plain, blank flash drive does this.

Has anyone else been able to figure this out?

A:Windows 7 Media Player - Disable Auto Run/Auto Play

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As the title says, I have a user's machine here that is displaying some weird behavior. There are multiple printer driver's installed, but only a single HP printer is showing up in Devices and Printers. Printmanagement.msc shows a single printer, but 5 drivers (including PDF, OneNote, etc.). No amount of reinstalling and uninstalling has done a lick of good. I've gone through and uninstalled all the bloat that comes with the multiple printers he had installed in the past, no dice. I've checked the registry (HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Devices and PrinterPorts) and everything appears normal. I've reset the spooler, stopped it, cleared the windows\system32\spool\Printers, restarted, nothing. I've gone through everything I can think of. I really, REALLY don't want to format this machine over a printer issue (especially a virtual printer), but I'm getting to the point where the time i've spent on the task is outweighing the time it would've taken to reimage.

If anyone can point me in the right direction, I'd sincerely appreciate it.

A:Devices and Printers only showing physical printers

This may be of interest:
Windows 7: Where are my printers?

Hope it helps.

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I have installed the following printers:
Epson LX-300+II, HP Laserjet 1010, HP Colour Lasterjet 1515, Canon IP5200.

The printers work and are all displayed from Word, IE, etc, but only one printer shows up in Windows 7 Devices & Printers - usually whichever is selected as default printer. If I remove the displayed printer, it shows me another one. When I first installed, it showed me all the printers, but problems started after I had to remove and reinstall my printers.

Any suggestions on how I can fix this?

A:Installed printers not displayed in Devices & Printers

Quote: Originally Posted by LadyAth

I have installed the following printers:
Epson LX-300+II, HP Laserjet 1010, HP Colour Lasterjet 1515, Canon IP5200.

The printers work and are all displayed from Word, IE, etc, but only one printer shows up in Windows 7 Devices & Printers - usually whichever is selected as default printer. If I remove the displayed printer, it shows me another one. When I first installed, it showed me all the printers, but problems started after I had to remove and reinstall my printers.

Any suggestions on how I can fix this?

Hi and welcome to sevenforums.

the best place to start would be for you to tell us all abt your computer, etc. we can help more quickly if we have more info.

waiting for info


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I've got an HP 8440p which has a Window 7 32 bit build. It's not showing anything in Devices and printers. I'm unable to get any answer other than rebuild from my fellows techs. I'm hoping someone out there has a better fix.

A:No devices or printers showing in Device and printers

See picture:

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I currently have an inkjet printer and although I am happy with the quality of the printing one thing really annoys me about it.

I very hardly ever use my printer so the ink always drys and needs a deep clean before it will work again. This means that I can use my printers 4 times before I need to buy new cartridges for my printer and as we all know ink is very expensive.

What I was therefore wondering was do laser printers suffer from the same problem of the ink drying out if you don't use them regularly enough or does the ink always stay clear on them.

All your thoughts and opinions as always appreciated.



A:Do laser printers have the same ink issues as inkjet printers?

laser printers don't use ink - they use toner, which is already a dry powder, so it can't dry out any more - if anything, it could get damp, and clump together, but i've never experienced this.

trouble is that laser printers are more expensive than inkjets.

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I have Word 2002, SP3, for Windows Office XP Pro.

My problem is I want to permanently turn OFF the autocorrect options (all of them: correct initial capitals, correct first letters of days, etc etc, autoformat, as well as auto text and auto type).

Yes, I have unchecked all the boxes in Tools > Autocorrect Options, the problem is I have to painstakingly go though all the boxes every time I open Word and uncheck them. My setups are not remembered.

I can't figure out how to make these options stay set this way.

I've tried installing the Office Resource Kit and setting a system policy (though I am the only user on this PC), but no success.

I had to rebuild my system a month ago -- before that, I never had any problems, Word seemed to remember exactly my preferred set up and saved autocorrect options etc to the normal template.

I checked the normal template and it is in Doc Settings folder where it should be.

I searched the forums and Word help but can't seem to find any advice, mainly because most people usually run these options and they only wish to modify the instances where they apply, rather than permanently disable them.

Please help! Much appreciated! Thanks!
Sydney Australia

A:Solved: I want to kill off autocorrect, auto format, auto text, auto type

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New printers do not display in Windows 8.1 Devices and Printers (no icon):
New Dell, clean install:
- Reinstalled Dell Factory Image
- Updated to Windows 8.1
- Installed Office 2013
- Added BUILT-IN Windows Driver for LaserJet 5P/5MP
- Added Epson driver for Windows 8 64 bit from Epson website
Neither printer shows in Devices and Printers.
Rebooted. Stopped and started print spooler. Checked registry and all printers, including the new ones, appear to be listed in all the correct registry areas.

Open Notepad, select Print, both printers are listed.
Both printers print. When in Notepad, select Print, I can right click on the printer, select properties, and control the printer, print test pages, change drivers and preferences, etc.
The ONLY PROBLEM is the printers do not show in Devices and Printers, so I cannot control them from there. Problem is reported in Microsoft Forums but of course replies are stupid ... like "did you try to reboot?" and "try using a supported driver". In my case the LaserJet driver is a Windows 8 built-in driver.

A:Printers missing in Devices and Printers

I've been trying to use Windows 8.1 from the Desktop, and the printers don't show up. I just found that if I go to the idiotic Apps screen, use the Charms bar (Windows +K), and select Printers ... all the printers are listed there. So it appears Microsoft broke Windows 8.1 Devices and Printers?

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I installed two different printers for the newly purchased PC, Windows 7 this morning.

There are NO two printers showing when I clicked,
Start > Devices and Printers although two different printers show when I attempted to print the page.

How to make two different printers to display on 'Devices and Printers?"

Thanks for your help in advance.

A:No Printers show on 'Devices and Printers'

Did you install your Printer's drivers?

Are they wireless or LAN printers?

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This is the second time I have had this problem and I cannot remember what I did to fix it the last time. I have been searching for the last couple of hours and nothing is working.

When I try to print I get the message that no printers are installed.

What I have tried:Found print spooler was off. I re-started and the printers re-appear but then disappear again.
I "started" the bluetooth services and set to auto per the threads I found while searching. No change.
Tried the MS fix printer tool. No change.
Re-booted about 100 times (slight exaggeration).
Re-installing drivers does not help.
Something is causing the print spooler to turn off. Help!

A:Printers not showing up in Devices and Printers

Welcome to Windows System Forums.

Have you tried 'Start>Devices & Printers>Add a printer' as well?

As a matter of interest, what printer are you trying to install?



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I have Win7 RC1 installed on three machines. Two are 64-bit and one is 32-bit. On the 64-bit desktop and the 32-bit laptop, everything seems to be running OK in the Devices and Printers window. However, on the 64-bit laptop, the Devices and Printers page doesn't load. The green bar moves across, then stalls after several minutes. I can install a new printer or device, but I can't configure or delete an old device. Any assistance is appreciated. The two laptops are identical Dell Latitude D830s, except that one runs 32-bit Win7 and the other runs 64-bit. It's the 64-bit one that's having problems. At the very least, if there are other ways to install, configure and -- especially -- delete printers and devices without using the control panel applet, I would greatly appreciate learning how to do it. Ths...

A:Devices and Printers page takes forever to load & doesn't show my devices or printers

The issue occurs if your anti-virus or firewall blocks this action. Please temporary disable the firewall and anti-virus, and then check the result.
If the issue persists, please boot in Clean Boot Mode. This method will help us determine if this issue is caused by a loading program or service. Please perform the following steps:
1. Click the Start Button type "msconfig" (without quotation marks) in the Start Search box, and then press Enter.
Note: If prompted, please click Continue on the User Account Control (UAC) window.
2. Click the "Services" tab, check the "Hide All Microsoft Services" box and click "Disable All" (if it is not gray). 3. Click the "Startup" tab, click "Disable All" and click "OK".
Then, restart the computer. When the "System Configuration Utility" window appears, please check the "Don't show this message or launch the System Configuration Utility when Windows starts" box and click OK.
Please test this issue in the Clean Boot environment, if the issue disappears in the Clean Boot environment, we can use a 50/50 approach to quickly narrow down which entry is causing the issue.Arthur Xie - MSFT

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After Installing the latest updates for Windows 10 (KB4048952, KB4048953, KB4048954, KB4048955, or KB4048956), some Epson SIDM (Dot Matrix) and TM (POS) printers cannot print from x86 and x64-based systems.
I read microsoft has released Windows Update KB4055038, but for windows 10 it does not work
until now, for a while I disable windows update service

anyone can help for the solution ?


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My HP LaserJet 1000 series printer is not compatible with Windows 7 I want to buy a new laser printer. Any way to determine if a printer I buy now will be compatible with Windows 7?


A:Printers and Windows 7

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I have trouble installing a nec superscript 660plus with windows xp
I've tried to find an update for the driver but I found out that NEC was not developping them anymore. Is there another way around. If this can be of any help, this device is using "GDI" technology wathever that is. That's about it, thanks for the help.

A:printers and windows xp

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I have an HP Pavilion dm4t-2100 CTO Entertainment Notebook PC running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, the OS with which it was installed. I am connected to a Homegroup which also contains a laptop and two desktops. I am able to connect through the network to the other laptop and remotely view files and devices on that laptop. However, I cannot see past the names of the two desktops. This means I cannot read or write files on or install devices connected to either desktop computer. Essentially, here's what's happening:

The desktops can see each other and both laptops (R/W). The laptops can see each other (R/W), but neither one can see either desktop ("Cannot find the network path"; ping command fails).

Is there a setting I can change either on the laptops or on the desktops to enable connectivity? All computers on the network are running genuine copies of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit as their original OS.

A:Windows 7 laptop cannot access files or printers on Windows 7 desktops

Check that the desktops are in the same workgroup as laptop and turn off password protected sharing if on. Share folders on the desktops you want to access, choose Everyone and set to read/write...

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My computer has been like this for the past months, every minute, every hour, every seconds. it reboots, shutdown, and hibernate automatically, and sometimes wait for around 5-10mins before it my pc turn on. I full scanned my computer but found nothing. Can someone help me?

A:auto reboot, auto shutdown, auto hibernate

You need to check Control Panel, Power Options. (screenshot)

Note the tabs. In this dialog you set your options and they are set for the Power Scheme shown. In Laptops, there are usually 2 schemes listed, one for AC powered and a separate for Battery powered.

Desktop OR AC powered Laptop, the only thing you MAY want to turn off is your Monitor.

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My computer has been like this for the past months, every minute, every hour, every seconds. it reboots, shutdown, and hibernate automatically, and sometimes wait for around 5-10mins before it my pc turn on. I full scanned my computer but found nothing. Can someone help me? This is my Hijack log.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:17:59 PM, on 11/6/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\CLI.EXE
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ulead Systems\AutoDetector\monitor.exe
C:\Program Files\SpeedBit Video Accelerator\VideoAccelerator.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InterVideo\SchSvr\SchSvr.exe
C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 7\InCD\NBHGui.exe
C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 7\InCD\InCD.exe
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A:auto reboot, auto shutdown, auto hibernate ~_~

I see you have My Web Search installed. Do you use this?

Most of the time, this is actually malware.


every minute, every hour, every seconds.
That's a very broad piece of information. So you are saying sometimes
you get hours out of your PC before it shutsdown/hibernates?

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When I attempted to deploy a printer connection on Win 8.1 x64 via "Deploy with Group Policy"  as outlined here https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731292.aspx (the directions are for 7 but the process is still the same),
the printers would not deploy.  GPresult logs gave this error for the gpo that was used to push the printer: "Filtering: Not Applied (Empty)".  To get the gpo to apply and the printer to deploy,  I need to add a startup script to run
pushprinterconnections.exe.  My understanding was that pushprinterconnections was only required for xp and 2003.  I have seen several articles, including this technet one https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc772505(v=ws.10).aspx that
state that it is required for Operating systems prior to vista.  This article https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh875629.aspx on pushprinterconnections states that it applies to newer operating systems (7, 8, etc).  So which one
is it?

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I am planning my next machine, which will be built early next year. It will be a high end machine, although I do not play games.

I will be using Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, and I will also set up the XP virtual machine to get the XP mode functionality.

I've been reading up on that, and from what I read, I can set up Windows 7 desktop icons to run several programs that I will have to install in the XP Mode OS.

Since I can also install hardware in the XP Mode window, I do have a color laser printer that will require that, and the actual install itself seems very straightforward.

But, the one area that is not clear to me is the use of that printer, while I'm in Windows 7, and running software that has been installed in Windows 7, will a printer that I have installed in XP mode be available to me from Windows 7? Will Windows 7 show in the list of printers that I have installed, both the Win 7,and Win XP printer installs?

If my XP printers do not show in Win 7, what is the procedure to use them from an installed Windows 7 program. From what I read, Both Win 7 and XP share the same file system. So I hope they also share the same printer system.

Ron Hirsch

A:XP Mode printers in Windows 7

Make sure that printer has an x64 driver to go along with it if you are installing it on an x64 system.

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I have a new Windows 7 Professional 32 bit computer that the printers are not pushing out to. We have a Windows Server 2003 R2 server with print management that deploys printers to all the work stations. The new Windows 7 Professional computer will not always get the printers. When first set up and signed on as a administrator the printers deployed. The users then did not get the printers and cannot add a printer manually. When signed back on as an administrator I found that the printers that originally deployed had disappeared. Whenever trying to add a printer manually I get a message saying the printer services are not started and that it needs to be restarted. When I go into services I find that the print services is started/running, so I'll restart it, reboot the computer and usually find that the printers deployed again for the administrator. The first time I did this the printers then deploy for users, but not all the printers (some are missing) in all cases. A short time later, maybe a day or 2 the printers will disappear again, getting the same messages if you try adding a printer manually and finding the print services still running/started. Not every time I do the restart of print services and rebooting the computer will resolve the issue though. Sometimes that has to be done a couple of times for it to work but still will only resolve the issue for a short time and the printers will disappear again. Print services is set for automatic. There are 2 other Window... Read more

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Hi All,

I'm looking to buy a new printer, partly because mine isn't compatible with Windows 7 (and the company has said they probably won't be updating it...) and partly because its old and uses a lot of expensive ink. So here is the question I guess:

Can someone please give a list, or some other information regarding which color printers / all-in-ones are compatible with Windows 7 Out of the Box, meaning I won't have to wait for the company to release their driver in 2-3 months after the official release of the OS?

Right now I've got an Epson C88 which will print B/W without much problem, but can't do color as it produces a page where every line of text is overlayed with a bar of a single color in alternating fashion. The problem is that I need to print about 10 color pages a day for school and am left running my flash drive to school every time I need to print. I've tried reinstalling the printer driver, reinstalling the driver in compatibility mode, and even just letting the windows driver service install its own version... all without any improvement.

So, if anyone can please share this information with me so that I can get a new printer quickly, I'd much appreciate it. Also, I've been comparing the Canon MP490 and the Epson NX515 (I don't want another epson, but if thats all that will work, so be it), so if either of these two have been proven to work correctly with Windows 7, I'd really like to know.


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A:Windows 7 Compatible Printers

I have an HP Officejet 5610 All-in-One that we bought some time ago, relatively cheap, and I've had no problems between it and Windows 7. At most, the scanner is crap for pencil drawings and color pencil art. But that's the printer itself. I also have an HP LaserJet P1006, however that's B&W. For the most part, if it says that it works with Vista, it's likely to work with 7. And most modern printers should work out-of-box.

As a note with the 5610, if you're printing 10 pages in color a day, that's going to be really expensive in cartriges. Unfortunately, I've found that true of most color inkjet printers.

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I have a "shared" Pc that is shared across multiple users in our domain. It is running Windows 2000 SP2. What I'd like to do is setup a few printers that no matter who logged on that machine, the printers will be available for every profile. I'd like to prevent adding new printers each time a new user logs on. Is this possible and if so, how? Thank you for your time.

Andrew Espinosa

A:Windows 2000 Printers

Im not sure, but if you log in to that machine localy you should see the domain. go into it (it will probably ask you for a username and password) and install the printer. All the other users might see it as well. Good Luck

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My laptop is Windows 7; when it was Vista it could print and see files on my XP computer. But now, no. I've deleted Norton 360 from Windows 7; but no effect.

I can see the shared objects on the XP computer from Windows 7, but cannot access them.

Any hints, help is greatly appreciated.


A:Windows 7 cannot see files/printers on XP

Don't forget to download and use the Norton removal tool to get all of that infection out.

For XP/7 sharing, don't forget to right click any files you want to share on either computer and allow sharing and grant full permissions. Do this all the way up/down the explorer chain to/from the files you want shared.

Make sure homegroups are set up on Win7 computers with Advanced sharing options ticked correctly.

In the properties box for XP network adapter, tick file sharing box.

Control Panel>My Network Places>Set up a home or small office network>run wizard and make sure name is set to workgroup if that is what (default) WIn7 computers use.

Reboot all. XP computers may still hold out, only be available to share to/from using the Win7 computer.

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I have 2 printers, Canon pixma ip4200 and HP PSC 1402 all in one.
Trouble is neither of them will work in w7.
The canon will install but as soon as i try to print anything i get a yellow triangle beside the printer icon, if i cancel the print the icon changes to a green tick.
The HP will not install, the associated software will install but the driver will not.
Anyone any ideas?

A:Solved: Printers on Windows 7

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I have tried everything to get my computers to share the same printer. I can't get my xp computer to share its printer with my windows 7 computer. any sugesstions?

A:networking xp with windows 7 printers

I have successfully done this before, hopefully this will work for you:

Assuming your printer is hooked to your XP Machine, go into printer settings, and enable printer sharing. Note the name of your computer and your printer.

On Windows 7, go to add printer, network printer. Click on not listed, then type the name of the computer and printer like so: \\computername\printername

It should accept it, download and install drivers, and you are on your way.


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As the release date for Windows 7 approaches please keep us up to date on any procedures anyone has for getting older printers that work on XP to work on Windows 7. I know there is more to it than just a driver change. The core
or engine of Windows 7 is different from XP. Thanks....

A:Using older printers on Windows 7

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I have two Dell Inspiron computers both running Windows 8 Pro. Why does the devices and printers screen show different icons for the same device on each computer.
For example the laptop shows my router as a drive but the desktop shows the same item as what looks like an old radio or a safe. Where is windows 8 getting these icons from and can I change them?

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I have a laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
My desktop has Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit.

I have been trying to allow folder sharing between the two, but it won't work.

On my desktop, I can access all my files from my laptop. However, when I try to access the shared files from Vista on my laptop, it takes forever and then I get a message that says "Windows cannot access \\BILL-PC." But I can access all of the media files.

They are both on the same network entitled WORKGROUP.

So far, I have done the following on both PCS
- Enabled sharing of the printer itself.
- Gave permissions to 'everyone' and full access under c:\windows\system32\spool\printers.
- Added guest users that share all files and folders.

They are obviously on the same network since I can see them both listed. However, I have no idea why it keeps telling me it cannot access my desktop.

A:Windows Vista Shared Files and Printers Won't Appear on Windows 7

Welcome to SF,

Create Identical UserNames and Passwords on both computers.

Disable your Security Software for now if you have one installed on both computers.
If you're using the Windows built-in Firewall, make sure that Files and Printer sharing is Excluded.

Disable Password Protected Sharing.
Disable Password Protected Sharing — MAXIMUMpcguides – Windows 7 tips, tricks, help, and how-to guides

Verify that you are sharing the folder to Everyone, give full access for now. Were you trying to share the entire C Drive or subfolders in the C Drive? Please share the entire C drive for now, call it C.
Click on Start, type the \\ComputerName\C or \\IPAddress\C - The Computer Name or IP Address of the computer that you're trying to access in your home network.

Please post an update.

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I have had a problem for a while now and can't figure it out. My main computer which has my printers installed on it now does not show any printers. However, I can see them under "View Workgroup Computers" as they are shared (network) printers. My problem is that I cannot install any printers nor can I see any in the Printers and Faxes. I can print and they show up under printers to select from programs but because I can't see them, I am having trouble updating programs like Adobe. Adobe fails making a reference to the printers.

I checked the print spooler under Services and it is running. I have stopped and restarted it but the "Printer and Faxes" screen is still blank. I have no viruses and have scanned for them with Norton, Trend Micro, and even ran Hijackthis. I tried using a Windows print spooler cleaner but that barfed and would not work.

I tried to add printers via the Microsoft Windows Network and I was told that I did not have administraive priv. to do it. This makes no sens since I am the admin. on my local computer and no settings have changed to cause this type of error message.

Any suggestions?


A:Missing Network Printers in "Printers and Faxes"


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Hello, Microsoft?
Any updates or real answers to this issue.
My spooler won't stay running, I can't add printers.

Tell me something I haven't already tried!

Tried right click the one printer that appears and click troubleshoot. It finds nothing.
Tried printer diagnostics, it tells me the spooler isn't running (duh) and starts it and thinks that it has solved the problem, it didn't.

Set spooler to restart on all failures, which it does but that doesn't help.
With spooler running I get RPC Call failure message when I try to add a printer.
With spooler not running/failed I get Endpoint Mapper error (duh).

I don't know about you but It's kind of important that I can print things.
Since we can't roll-back or do a restore (thanks a bunch) and I don't want to have to refresh and re-install the 142 Programs (not store apps) that I have, I need a resolution NOW!

Dell Latitude E6520 was running Win 7, did update to Win 8 last year, then 8.1 a few days ago.

On a Domain. Was working fine until update to 8.1. No errors while installing update.

"Mahesh Kumar A replied
on October 24, 2013
Microsoft Support Engineer
Hi Charles,
This issue would be better suited in the TechNet community.
Please visit the link below and post the query for better assistance:


A:Cannot print after update to 8.1 : Printers gone : Print spooler keeps stopping : Cannot add printers

Hi had a major panic in experiencing same issue with printer canon 4500 and was ready to uninstall kaspersky but decided might be worth trying the standard troubleshooter and it worked!!!! Went to settings-control panel- printer troubleshoot and spool
all sorted. Hope this helps, rare occasion troubleshoot worked but maybe windows have added a patch to sort since original issues? 

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The ultimate fix was when MS Support advised be to go to services.msc and start Bluetooth services (and set it to automatic) -- I did, rebooted and the Windows 7 Pro Devices and Printers once again showed up!Not sure why Bluetooh services would cause my Device and Printers window to open blank (and seemingly keep looking for icons to populate the screen), but I am sure the code fix will be in a fuute windows update.There was no other place to put this so, I figured that this possible solution will help other early adopters of Win7

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I want to create a batch file to remove network printers from a windows 7 machine.  Removing the registry keys from HKLM\System\current control set\control\print\printers does not work like it did in Windows XP.  How can I remove the printers
from the registry on Windows 7?Jeff

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I was going to post this in the printer forum but I think it's a problem with Windows...

The problem is as follows:
A single computer on my office network cannot connect to any of the three A3 printers in the office. All other PC's in the office have the same version of XP Pro and are showing no connectivity problems.

The faulting machine can however print to any of the A4 printers, and it can print an A3 page to the A0 plotter or to PDF. I have tried reinstalling the printers on the machine but to no avail. I have also tried turning off the media switch sensor which I was told is often the cause but it hasn't resolved the problem.

Two of the printers are shared through other PC's while the other is connected directly to the network.

In Autocad when i try to select the A3 printer it defaults back to <None> in printer selection.
In notebad I get an error message of "bad handle".
When I attempt to print a test page I immediately get an error saying the document couldn't print and the ever-fun offer of troubleshooting.

I'm quite baffled by this one; the only event it corresponds with was the installation of an additional memory module.

Any help on this would be great.


A:windows xp computer errors with only A3 printers

anyone any ideas?

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional , 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T8300 @ 2.40GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 6
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3054 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 88420 MB, Free - 24264 MB; E: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 102207 MB;
Motherboard: LENOVO, 6459CTO, Not Available, VF1EL82L10V
Antivirus: Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Updated and Enabled

A:windows 7 cannot find devices and printers

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I have 3 printers installed on my system. All 3 are functional, but no longer are displayed in "Devices and Printers" nor in "Device Manager". How can I correct this problem?

A:Devices and Printers-Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit

try reinsatlling the software for one of the printers then connect to it, if it then shows in devices then try the other two.

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