[Fixed] Print driver host for 32bit applications has stopped working

Get your printer working again

By Lillian Lai in Common Errors Tags: Printers

When you’re trying to print your Word or PDF document from your computer, you’re likely to see the Print driver host for application error. Sometimes the error appear even when you’re not printing. The error can read either:

  • Print driver host for 32bit applications has stopped working
  • Print driver host for applications has stopped working

Don’t worry. We’ll help you remove that error and run the printer service again. This’s a common error in Windows and you can easily fix it. 

Try these fixes

Here are the solutions you can try. You shouldn’t have to do every single one. Just try each one in turn until everything’s working again.

  1. Reinstall your printer
  2. Reinstall your printer driver
  3. Update your printer driver
Note: All the screenshots below come from Windows 10, but the fixes also work on Windows 7 & Windows 8.

 

1. Reinstall your printer

You can fix the Print driver host for 323bit applications has stopped working error by reinstalling the printer in your computer, and this helps you reconnect to the printer service. To do so, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Uninstall your printer

You should first uninstall the printer from your computer.

1) Open Control Panel, and click Devices and Printers (you should view by small icons to find Devices and Printers).

2) In the Printers section, right click on your printer, and select Remove device.

3) Confirm to delete the printer.

4) Restart your computer.

Step 2: Reinstall the printer

Now you should reinstall your printer to your computer.

1) Open Control Panel, and click Devices and Printers (you should view by small icons to find Devices and Printers).

2) Click Add a printer in the menu bar.

3) Wait for your Windows to search your printer.

4) After searching, select your printer, and click Next to install.

5) Your computer will automatically connect to your printer and install it in your computer.

6) Try to have a test print to see if your error disappears.

This should resolve the issue. If not, we have something else you can try.

 

2. Reinstall your printer driver

You can also uninstall your printer driver and reinstall it to fix the error. To do so, follow the instructions below:

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

2) Type devmgmt.msc and click OK.

3) Double click Printers to expand it, and right click on your printer (it may show as Unknown device), and select Uninstall device.

4) Check the box next to Delete the driver software for this device if you’re prompted, and click Uninstall.

5) After uninstalling, restart your computer and Windows will reinstall the printer driver for you.

Try your printer again and the error should be removed now. If the error still persists, you can try Method 3 to update your printer driver.

 

3. Update your printer driver

The missing or outdated printer driver can cause the Print driver host for 32bit applications has stopped working error, so you should make sure that your printer driver is up to date.

There are two ways to update drivers: manually and automatically.

Manually – You can manually update the printer driver: go to the website of your printer manufacturer, find the latest and correct driver and install it in your computer. This requires the time and computer skills.

Automatically – If you don’t have time or patience, you can do that automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you’ll have a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to the flagged printer device to automatically download and install the latest driver (you can do this with the FREE version).

Or click Update All to automatically download and install the all the latest correct drivers that is missing or outdated in your system (This requires the Pro version. You will be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

4) Restart your computer, and try your printer to see if the error disappears.

 

There you have it – The three methods to fix the Print driver host for 32bit applications has stopped working error. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.