Issue with installing printer - accidentally set windows to not detect it

By treeski
Feb 1, 2009
  1. Hey,
    During the phase of printer installation when the software asks to plug in the printer, windows popped up and asked it I wanted it to find software for the printer. I accidentally clicked the option where windows wouldn't bother with the printer (I forget how it was phrased exactly), and now the actual installation software wont detect the printer.

    Anyone have any idea how I can make windows refind the printer?

    I'm running Vista 64-bit. Thanks much!
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Check Device Manager (Start->Run-> Devmgmt.msc) for any yellow queried devices (ie your printer specifically)
    Then right click on it and select remove (it may say Delete or Uninstall)
    Then restart, and try installing again :)
  3. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 962   +205

    The software was rolled back and uninstalled since my computer wasn't detecting the printer, so unfortunately I have no printer/software to delete/remove.

    Anyone else have any other suggestions?
    Thanks much
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    If you unplug the printer then replug it in again it will detect it again
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