[Vista] Event Viewer: Event 4, Printer Connection Warning

By technik_84
Dec 26, 2007
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  1. I keep receiving this error in the event viewer. Could anyone please tell me how, or what the problem means, becuase I do not have a printer set up on the computer.

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +35

    First of all, you can usually ignore Warnings unless they fail to resolve, in which case you would get an Error, not a Warnings. Events hasve number and a Source as well as a Description. And it's important to know what was being done at the time. You also do not relate when you note this Warning and why you are going to the Event Viewer looking for it.

    Something is causing the machine to look for the Print spooler- that's why I need to know what you were trying to do. This Event can occur if you try to close a printer and print still remains in the que. Did you have a printer set up previously?
  3. technik_84

    technik_84 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    No, there were not printers set up previously. I had recently set up a Network with three computers, but I never connected the printer to the network. I checked the event viewer for another problem that I had with the network connection and happen to notice that I receive this error when the computer is on. The only printers (well not actual printers) are installed, including the drivers are Microsoft OneNote 2007 and Microsoft XPS Document Writer. I have not even tried to set up a printer recently, so I don't understand what it could be.
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +35

    Okay, this is the problem:

    Microsoft XPS Document Writer 'acts' like a printer does and is on the system where printers are:
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa964988(VS.85).aspx

    The configuration setting are here:
    MXDW Configuration Settings:
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa365815(VS.85).aspx

    And to carry you one step further:
    Print Schema:
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms716462(VS.85).aspx

    As far as I can see, you are going to need to configure this correctly or try to disable it- if that's even a possibility. It appears that because you have the network set up, This writer 'thinks' it's going to share.

    This is installed on Vista by default. See if you can adjust the configuration settings for the MXPS.
  5. technik_84

    technik_84 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I will try this method, thanks for the help!
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