If you are unable to install the printer due to a “Printer not available” error, continue reading below to learn how to resolve the issue.
A print processor is a plug-in (.DLL file) that processes print job data from a print printer and sends it to print.Therefore, if you cannot install or connect to the printer because the print processor is missing, it means that the corresponding DLL file named “winprint.dll” is corrupted or missing.
Below you will find detailed instructions on how to fix the “Unable to install printer – Print processor not available” problem using several methods.
How to fix: “Print processor not available” in Windows 10/8/7.
- Scan and restore corrupted system files.
- Fix “The print processor is not available” in the registry.
- Restore the print processor from another working computer.
Method 1: Scan and repair corrupted system files.
Problems with printer installation can be caused by corrupt or missing system files. So, the first way to fix the error “Print processor not available” is to repair the Windows system files using the following instructions:
1. Open command prompt as administrator.
1. Enter the following in the search field: cmd or command line
2. right click on it command line (result) and select Run as administrator.
2. In the command prompt window, type the following command and click Enter:
- Dism.exe /Online /Clean-Image /Restorehealth
3. Please be patient while DISM fixes the component store. After the operation is complete, (you should be notified that the corruption in the component store has been fixed), give this command and press the button. Enter:
4. Once the SFC scan is complete, restart your computer.
5. After restarting, try to install the printer.
Method 2: Fix the “Print Processor Not Available” error by modifying the registry.
The next way to solve the “Print editor not available” error is to modify the registry as described below.
Step 1. Stop the Print Spooler service.
1a. press Windows + R keys to open the Running widget.
1b. Type: services.msc and press Enter.
2. Find and right click on Print spoiler service and select Stop.
Step 2. If it does not exist, create the “Driver” key in the Registry.
1a. press Windows + R buttons to load Running dialog box.
1b.Type regedit and beat Enter To open the registry editor. (click Yes in the confirmation prompt that appears).
2. In the Registry Editor window, go to the following key: *
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows x64\Print Processors\winprint
*Note: On 32-bit Windows, go to:
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Print Processors
3. Now look at the right panel and check if it is available Driver key with value “winprint.dll“. If the driver key is available, skip for the next method. If not, go to the next step to generate the key.
4a. To create the lost Driver key, right click in an empty space, click on it New, and then select String value.
4b. Give the new value a name Driver and press Enter.
4c. now, double click and write on it winprint.dll at Value information. press OK continue.
7. Shut down registry editor.
8. Start the Print spoiler Go to the Services section and try to reset the printer.
Method 3: Replace the print processor DLL file from a running computer.
The error “Print processor is not available” appears when its corresponding DLL file “winprint.dll” is damaged or missing. In this case, you need to restore the file “winprint.dll” from another working computer. *
* Important: To follow the steps in this method, you must have another computer with the same operating system as the computer with the “Print processor unavailable” error.
Step 1. Copy the Winprint.dll file from a running computer:
On a working computer, plug in the USB drive and do the following:
1. Open Explorer, then navigate to the following folder:
2. Copy the file winprint.dll to file a USB flash drive / disk.
3. Remove the USB drive and go to step 2 to repair the damaged print processor DLL file.
Step 2. Replace the Winprint.dll file on the affected computer:
On a computer with a “Print Processor” error:
1. Plug in the USB flash drive winprint.dll you copied from a running computer.
2. Stop the Print spoiler service (see instructions in step 1 of method-2 above)
3. Go to the above folder:
4. Delete the winprint.dll if the file exists.
5. Copying the winprint.dll from the USB flash drive to the same folder.
6. Start the Print spoiler service
7. Restart go to the computer and try to install the printer.
That’s it! Which method worked for you?
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