Fixed: The Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable Printer Error

April Cai, in printer issue Tags: printer



If you’re trying printing files on Windows but it fails, and you’re seeing this error saying The Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable, you’re not alone. Many printer users are reporting it. But the good news is you can fix it easily by yourself with this guide.

Here’re 2 methods you can try to fix this problem. Try Method 2 if Method 1 doesn’t work.

Method 1: Change Printer Spooler settings
Method 2: Using Registry Editor

Method 1: Change Printer Spooler settings

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and R at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type services.msc and press Enter to open the Services window:

3) Right-click on Printer Spooler service and click Start.



4) After Printer Spooler gets started, double-click on it. Set its startup type to Automatic. Then click OK to save the setting.



5) Close the Services window and check if you could print files successfully.

Method 2:  Using Registry Editor

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and R at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type regedit and press Enter to open Registry Editor.

Click Yes when prompted by User Account Control,.

3) On Registry window, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftware Microsoft Windows NT CurrentVersion.

4) Right-click on Devices under CurrentVersion dialog.
Then click Permissions.



5) Click your account and tick on Allow of Full Control. Then click Apply OK.



6) Do the same settings to give your account full control of PrinterPorts and Windows.



7) Close the Registry Editor window and check to see if you could print files successfully.

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  • DR

    Many thanks for the help with my printer – really helpful and so easy when you know how!

  • Mien Shah

    thanks

  • Ghada Khfagy

    thanks

  • michelle austin

    These solutions do not work with the latest update of Windows 10. Any other suggestions?