Has your printer stopped working properly after you have upgraded to Windows 10? Then, here are few solutions you can try.
Ensure the printer is set as default
To set your printer as the default, follow the steps set out below:
- First move the mouse pointer to the upper right-corner of the screen and then move the mouse pointer down
- Click Search
- Type Devices and Printers in the Search box
- Click Devices and Printers
- Select the printer you want to use as default
- Right-click on the selected printer and Select as Default printer
If you are using network printers, then here are the steps you need to follow:
- Follow the steps from 1 – 4 above
- Click Manage Default printer
- Select Change my default printer when I change networks
- Under Select Network, choose the first network
- Under Select Printer, choose the printer you want to use with first network
- Click Add
- Repeat the procedure for all network and printers
- If you want to use only one printer for all networks- in Step 3- select Always use the same printer as my default printer and click OK
If the printer is still not functioning properly, run the Printer troubleshooter provided by Microsoft.
Run the Microsoft in-built Printer troubleshooter
Here are the troubleshooting steps you need to follow:
- Make sure the printer is On and connected to your Windows PC
- Try printing a document. If it doesn’t work run the troubleshooter by clicking on this link
- You will be prompted to save Printerdiagnostic10.cab. Save the file to the desktop
- Click on the downloaded file to run the Troubleshooter
- Click on the Printer in the first screen and click Next
The troubleshooter will now detect any problems with the printer. It will list the printers configured to your Windows 10 PC. You may also see entries like Microsoft Print to PDF, Adobe PDF in the list.
- Select your printer from the list and click Next
- Windows 10 will now check for any problem with the printer
- Follow any on-screen instructions and close the troubleshooter
Also make it a point to install all updates provided by Microsoft. Windows 10 may still be ironing out performance and compatibility issues by providing regular updates.