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How to Fix HP Printer Drivers Quick and Determine If It Is Indeed a Driver Issue


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What errors will you experience if you have a problem with your HP printer drivers? Well your printer may not print at all, of it may printer out a lot of gibberish, you may get a printer spooling error over and over again. I’m going to walk you through fixing these issues.

Can it be a Hardware Issue?

The thing is these issues aren’t just caused by out of date or corrupt drivers, they can be caused by malfunctioning hardware, improperly plugged in cables, or printer cartridges that aren’t properly seated as well. If you have been getting a lot of paper jams, then that can be an indicator you have had a hardware issue. To make sure your cables and ink cartridges aren’t the problem, simply re-seat them. Those are unplug, and replug them. Then try to print again.

Fixing the Print Spooler Error

The print spooler is software that saves your upcoming print jobs to your hard drive until they have been queued to print. So, by continuously spooling, they never go to print. This is what the print spooler error is. Resetting the Print Spooler will usually clear this up.

To reset the Print Spooler in Windows 7 follow these steps:

Step 1:

  • Click Start
  • Type cmd
  • Right click cmd.exe and select Run as Administrator. If you are prompted for an administrator’s password or confirmation, type your password and continue.
  • At the command prompt type the following commands then press ENTER after each
  • Rename %systemroot%\System32\Spool\Printers Printers.old
  • Rename %systemroot%\System32\Spool\Drivers\w32x86 w32x86.old
  • Exit

Step 2:

Now we’re going to restart the print spooler service again. You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps.

  • Go to Start
  • Go to Control Panel
  • In the Search Box type Administrative Tools, click Administrative Tools
  • Double click Services. If you are asked for an administrator’s password or confirmation, please provide it.
  • Right click on the Print Spooler service and click Properties
  • On the General tab next to Startup Type make sure that Automatic is selected
  • Click Start
  • Click OK
  • If you are asked for administrator’s password or confirmation, please provide it.

If your print spooler error was just a print spooler needing to be reset, then your problem should be fixed. If your problem is not fixed, then your problem is hp printer driver errors.

How Do You Address HP Printer Driver Errors?

Your HP printer depends on its drivers to translate between it and Windows. Without the drivers, the printer and Windows may as well be speaking gibberish to each other. So if you have out of date or a corrupt driver, the only way to fix this issue is to update the driver to the latest version.

To get the latest version of the printer drivers from the HP website follow these steps:

  1. Go to the HP website
  2. Go to Support & Drivers
  3. Under “Enter a product name/number” put your model and press “Search.” If you’re not sure what model your printer is HP has a handy page for finding your printer model here:
  4. Select the printer on the list that matches yours
  5. Select your operating system
  6. Download the drivers to a place you will remember

To update the drivers:

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Click on System and Security, Under System go to Device Manager
  4. Here look around some, your printer may be under Imaging Devices
  5. Double click the printer
  6. Click on the Driver tab
  7. Click the Update Driver button
  8. Browse to where you saved the files
  9. Install the files

Of course there is now software on the market that makes updating hp printer drivers and keeping them updated simple. The software is called driver update software, and what it does is scan your computer for the current version of drivers in use, then scans the Internet for the latest drivers, then installs the latest version of the drivers available. Thus, making updating drivers manually a thing of the past.

If you are facing any kind of issue call on our toll-free number 1-800-293-9401.

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