Today we are going to resolve Windows 10 Error Printing Message which occurs while you try to print something from your Windows 10 computer or laptop and the error message pop-ups. We believe that the solutions we are going to provide are going to work for most of the printer brands as such HP, Lexmark, Brother, Epson, Dell, Samsung, Ricoh, and many other printing devices.
Before going ahead with this tutorial confirm that you’ve not damaged any hardware parts of your printer like toners, ink cartridges, or paper tray because in this article we are mostly going to focus on the software and printer troubleshooting from the computer side. We need to determine where the printer problem in Windows 10 is really occurring before we can resolve the Windows 10 Error Printing problems.
Identify Symptoms of Windows 10 Error Printing Message
- Malfunctioned Printer
- USB Cable not working properly
- Printer not connected to Windows 10 or a network
- Print Spooler not working
- Outdated printer drivers
- Unsupported printing document
- Wireless network issues
How to Fix Windows 10 Error Printing Message
Should you always decide a problem from the printer or Windows 10? Is it a hardware problem or a software problem? We’ve come up with the possible causes or symptoms of Windows 10 Error Printing Message, which are mentioned above. In most of these cases, a simple reboot can fix the problem; all you need to do is to reboot your computer, printer, and the router to correct the problem. Also, go through the causes or symptoms which may be one of the reasons why you are receiving this problem. Nonetheless, let’s move forward and show you some of the methods to fix Windows 10 Error Printing message.
Method 1: Power Cycle Computer and Printer (USB Cable)
Power Cycle is the process of restarting any electronic device. With any luck, it’ll start working as soon as you get it done and most importantly it’ll work with any device computer, printer, modem, router, or any other external device. Keep in mind that this process won’t fix more severe problems, and this method will most probably work only when your computer and printer is connected with a USB cable.
Step 1: Turn off your computer and printer. (Let all the lights on your devices turn off)
Step 2: Unplug the device from the power socket.
Step 3: Remove the USB cable from both the printer and computer ports.
Step 4: Wait for at least 30 seconds or a minute.
Step 5: Connect the printer and computer back with the USB cable.
Step 6: Plug-in the printer and computer power cables to the power socket.
Step 7: Turn the computer and printer on.
Once you are done following the steps and complete the power cycle, then you need to try printing from Windows 10 computer and see if the problem still exists or have been gone. If it still exists, then try the next method.
Method 2- Windows 10 Printer Troubleshooter
With the help of Windows 10 Printer Troubleshooter, you can fix the Windows 10 Error Printing message. You need to download the troubleshooter and run it, which can set the fundamental printing issues.
Step 2: Open the File on your Windows 10.
Step 3: Select Printer and click on Next.
Step 4: Click Try troubleshooting as an administrator.
Step 5: Let the Windows 10 Printer Troubleshooter detect the problems.
Step 6: Follow the on-screen instruction to fix the problem.
If you think the problem has been fixed then print something from the computer and see if the message appears. If the message appears, try the next solution.
Method 3- Printers and Scanners Option on Windows 10
Printers and Scanners options on Windows 10 helps you add, manage, or remove printers from the Windows 10. Now the question is where to find the Printers and Scanners option on Windows 10 and how to fix the Windows 10 Error Printing message?
Step 1: To open Printers and Scanners on Windows 10.
- Search Printers and Scanners on Windows 10 search box.
- Search Control Panel>Go to View Devices and Printers under Hardware and Sound option>Right Click on your printer>Click Troubleshoot.
Step 2: Select the Default Printer and Click on Manage.
Step 3: Click Run the troubleshooter.
Step 4: Let the Windows 10 Printer Troubleshooter detect the problems.
Step 5: Follow the on-screen instruction to fix the problem.
In case you are still not able to fix the error message on your Windows 10 then follow the next method.
Method 4: Restart Print Spooler on Windows 10 and Clear Print Spooler files
Print spooler handles all the print jobs on a computer, and you need to confirm first that a print job is stuck in a print queue. Next, we are going to show you how to clear the print job process, stop the print spooler service, clear the print spooler files, and restart the print spooler service back again.
Step 1: Open Services on Windows 10.
- Search Services on Windows 10 search box.
- Open the run box by pressing Windows Key + r key from your keyboard simultaneously. Type in services.msc inside the run box and click OK.
Step 2: Inside the Services option, find print spooler.
Step 3: Right-click on print spooler and click on stop.
Step 4: Now open This PC>Go to the C: Drive>Windows>System 32>Spool>Printers>Delete all the files from inside this folder one-by-one. Alternatively, you can open the run box inside the Windows 10 by pressing Windows Key + r key from your keyboard simultaneously. Copy-paste the address C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\PRINTERS and click on OK.
Step 5: Open Services on Windows 10 again.
Step 6: Find the print spooler service.
Step 7: Right-click print spooler and select Restart.
Now reboot your PC and try to print something from it to check the Windows 10 Error Printing message has disappeared and you are successfully able to print from the Windows 10. Follow the next method if you are still having the issue.
Method 5: Update Printer Drivers
Outdated drivers can cause problems in your printer and to fix the issues you need to update printer drivers on Windows 10 manually. So, without further ado, let us show you how to update printer drivers on Windows 10 manually.
Step 1: Open Settings on Windows 10.
Step 2: Click on Update and Security.
Step 3: Click on Check for updates.
Step 4: Let the Windows 10 find the latest updates for you. A list of Driver Update options will appear.
Step 5: Click on Download and Install now.
Alternatively, you can update the printer drivers on Windows 10 from the Device Manager.
Step 1: Open Device Manager
- Type Device Manager on Windows 10 search box and click Device Manager Option.
- Open the run box Windows Key + r then type devmgmt.msc and click OK.
Step 2: On the top of the Device Manager Dialog box, click on view, and select Show hidden devices.
Step 3: Find the Print queues option and right-click on your printer.
Step 4: Click on Update Driver.
Step 5: Select Search automatically for updated driver software.
You can also update your printer drivers by downloading it from your printer manufacturer’s website. Below are some of the printer manufacturers driver update guides.
- Update HP Printers Drivers
- Update Brother Printers Drivers
- Update Lexmark Printers Drivers
- Update Dell Printer Drivers
Wrapping things up
Even after trying all these methods you are not able to fix the problem, and the error message reappears whenever you try to print any files on your Windows 10 then, in this case, we’ll recommend you to leave us a comment about the problem.
We’ll try to add a solution related to your Windows 10 problem once we know the root cause of it, so you’ve to explain in details what happened and since how long you’ve been facing the problem.
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