Fix Windows Cannot Connect to the Printer Issue. Easily!

Camilla Mo, in printer issue Tags: Printers

When you are trying to add a network shared printer, if you receive message “Windows cannot connect to the printer.”(commonly occur to Windows 7), you must be very frustrated. But don’t worry. You can use solutions in this post to fix the problem. Each solution has been reported to be useful. So try all of them until you have the problem fixed. 

The error would appear with a specific error code like 0x0000007e. The most common error codes are as follows:

Windows Cannot Connect to the Printer – Operation Failed with Error 0x0000007e

Windows Cannot Connect to the Printer – Operation Failed with Error 0x00000002

Windows Cannot Connect to the Printer – Operation Failed with Error 0x0000007a

Solution 1: Restart Print Spooler Service
Solution 2: Create a New Local Port
Solution 3: Delete Printer Drivers
Solution 4: Copy “mscms.dll” Manually
Solution 5: Delete a Subkey

Solution 1: Restart Print Spooler Service

Follow steps below to stop Print Spooler service then start it again.

1. Press Win+R (Windows logo key and R key) at the same time. A Run dialog box will open.

2. Type services.msc in the run box and  click OK button.

3. In the Name list, locate and double-click on service Print Spooler.

3. Under Service status, click Stop button. 

4. Click Start button to start the service again.

5. Click OK button.

After that, add the printer again and see if the problem persists.

 

Solution 2: Create a New Local Port

Follow these steps:

1. Open Control Panel.

2. View by Large icons, click Devices and Printers.

3. Click Add a printer at the top of the window. Note: To continue, you need to login to the computer as an administrator.

4. Select Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer.

5. Select Create a new port, change the “Type of port” to Local Port then click Next button.

6. Enter a port name in the box. The port name is the printer’s address. The address format is \\IP address or the Computer Name\Printer’s Name (refer to the following screen).  Then click OK button.

7. Select the printer model from the directory and click Next button. 

8. Follow the rest on-screen instructions to finish adding the printer.

 

Solution 3: Delete Printer Drivers

The problem can be caused by printer drivers. So you can try to remove the drivers and install them again.

Follow steps below:

1. Press Win+R (Windows logo key and R key) at the same time. A Run dialog box will open.

2. Type printmanagement.msc in the run box and click OK button.

3. In the left pane, click All Drivers.

4. In the right pane, right-click on the printer driver and click Delete on the pop-up menu. 

If you see more than one printer driver names, repeat steps above to remove them one by one.

5. Add the printer again. 

If the problem persists, you may want to install the driver manually. You can download and install the driver from the printer manufacturer’s website. 

If you have difficulty downloading the driver manually, you can use Driver Easy to help you. Driver Easy can scan your computer to detect all problem drivers then provide you with new drivers instantly. Download its Free version to have a try. If you find it helpful, you can consider upgrading to the Pro version. The Pro version allows you to update all drivers with just one-click.

 

Solution 4: Copy “mscms.dll” Manually

1. Open C:\Windows\system32 and find the file “mscms.dll“.

2. Copy the file toe the following path:

C:\windows\system32\spool\drivers\x64\3\ if you are using 64-bit windows
C:\windows\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\ if you are using 32-bit windows

If you have no idea which version of Windows you are using, see How to Get Operating System Version.

3. Try to connect to the printer again.

 

Solution 5: Delete a Subkey

Modifying registry keys incorrectly may cause serious system problems. So before you get started, it is recommended that you back up the registry key so you can restore it in case any problems occurs.

1. Stop Print Spooler service. (refer steps in Solution 1 to stop the service)

2. Press Win + R (Windows logo key and R key) at the same time. A Run dialog box will open.

3. Type regedit in the run box and click OK button.

4. Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Print\Providers\Client Side Rendering Print Provider. Right-click on Client Side Rendering Print Provider and select Delete.

5. Start the Print Spooler service.

6. Reboot your computer and try to add the computer again.

Hope the solutions here will help you fix the printer not connecting issue.

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