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Why My Printer Not Responding Windows 7?

If your printer not responding Windows 7 computer due to several factors such as unsecured connections, spooler service issues, outdated printer driver, error in configuration, etc. Follow the steps mentioned below to get rid of the issue.

Printer Not Responding Windows 7

Restart Your Printer:

  • Turn off your faulty Printer and unplug it from the outlet.
  • Wait for a few seconds.
  • Plug in your device to the power supply, then turn on the printer.
  • Now, try to connect it to the Windows 7 computer and check if the issue is fixed.

Check Connections:

  • For wired printers, make sure that the USB cable is connected firmly between the printer and the Windows 7 computer.
  • Make sure to turn on your wireless printer.
  • For a wireless connection, run the printer’s wireless connectivity test and try to connect it to Windows 7.

Reinstall printer:

  • Click on the Start button on the computer and select Settings.
  • Click on Printers and Scanners under Devices.
  • Find and choose the printer from the Printers and Scanners option.
  • Click on the Remove Device option.
  • To reinstall your device, select Add printer or scanner from the Printers and Scanners option.
  • Choose and add your device and now try to connect it to your Windows 7. If still printer not responding Windows 7, proceed with the next steps given below.

Run the printer troubleshoot:

  • Click on the Start button and type ‘troubleshooting’ on the search bar.
  • Under the Hardware and Sound, choose to Use a printer option.
  • Click the Next button and follow the instructions on the troubleshooter wizard.

Outdated drivers:

  • Visit the manufacturer’s page of your printer.
  • Download and install the latest version.
  • Make sure to select the precise printer driver for your device.
  • Print a test page after installing the printer driver.

Restart the Print Spooler service:

  • Ensure to log in to your Windows 7 computer as an Administrator
  • Click on the Start button and open Administrative Tools. Alternatively, type administrative tools on the search box and select the Administrative Tools.
  • Double click Services and then type and confirm the password.
  • Select the Properties by right-clicking the Print Spooler service.
  • Click on the Stop button below the Services Status option.
  • Now, tap on Start to restart the spooler.
  • In case it is shown as Stopped, then click on Start and confirm your action.

Configure your printer to the correct port:

  • Click on the Start button and select the Control Panel > Devices and Printers.
  • Select Printer Properties by right-clicking on the Printers section.
  • In the General tab, select the Change Properties option.
  • Navigate to the Ports tab in the Printer Properties.
  • Ensure to mark on the checkbox next to Printer Port and select Apply to complete the process.
  • Get back to the General tab, select the Print Test Page button, and make out a trail printout.
  • Confirm the specified port. Now, performing the above steps would have fixed the printer not responding Windows 7 computer
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