[SOLVED] Printer Driver is unavailable on Windows

By April Cai  Driver ErrorPrinter Issues  DriversprinterWindows   9 Comments

Today, I can’t print any files on my computer. And it says Driver is unavailable in Devices and Printers. You probably also have this problem. I totally understand how annoyed and frustrated you’re. Don’t panic. You can fix this problem through the solutions in this post.

Why does “Driver is unavailable” happen?

The Driver is unavailable error is mainly caused by these two reasons: a wrong printer driver or an out-of-date Windows version on your Windows. 

Based on these two main reasons, here’s the solution:

How do I fix Driver is unavailable of my printer?

Try the Method 1 first, if unfortunately it doesn’t work, try the Method 2 then.

  1. Reinstall your printer driver
  2. Install all the available updates for your Windows

Note: The screenshots below are shown in Windows 10, but the methods also apply to other Windows versions.

Method 1: Reinstall your printer driver

As we talked before, a corrupted or incompatible driver could bring the error to you. So install a correct printer driver for your Windows is essential. 

First, you should uninstall your old printer driver. Please follow these:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and together to invoke the Run box.

2) Type devmgmt.msc in the box and click OK.

3) Find and right-click on your printer driver. Then click Uninstall device.

4) Click Uninstall if you’re prompted to confirm.

Second, download the correct driver from your printer manufacturer’s website or,  use Driver Easy to help you download the printer driver automatically.

Way 1.

1) Go to your printer manufacturer’s website, like HP, Canon, Brother.

2) Go to the specific driver download page, it’s usually under the Support section.

3) You will be asked to enter your printer model number.

4) Download the latest driver for your Windows versions.

Way 2.

Alternatively, you can use Driver Easy  to help you find and download the correct printer driver automaticallyWith its help, you can say goodbye to driver headache and delays forever.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. The drivers supplied by Driver Easy are all from the official manufacturer’s website, so you can totally trust it. 

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

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

3) If you try the Free version, click Update next to any flagged driver to automatically download the correct driver, then you can manually install it.

Or if you use the Pro version, click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.(and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee)

4) Restart your computer and try to print a file to see if your printer works.

Method 2: Install all the available updates for your Windows

If your Windows has not been updated for a long time, it could also make your printer driver unavailable. Follow the instructions to install all the available updates for your Windows.

If you’re Windows 10 users, follow the Guide 1.
If you’re Windows 7 users, follow the Guide 2.

Guide 1

If you’re using Windows 10, follow these:

1) Type update in the search box from Start. Then click Check for updates.

2) Click Check for updates.

3) Windows will then install the updates automatically.

4) After Windows completes to install all the updates, restart your computer and try to print a file to see if your printer works.

Guide 2

If you’re using Windows 7, please follow these:

1) Click on the Start button, type update in the search box and click Check for updates from the result.

2) Click Check for updates.

3) Click Install updates.

4) After Windows completes to install all the updates, restart your computer and try to print a file to see if your printer works.

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