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Printers missing in Devices and Printers

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by stevejum View Post
    I found the problem. I removed the CutePDF printer, and all of the devices now show up. It seems CutePDF Printer has a new release out, when I installed that the devices still show up. So, it seems the problem was the previous release of CutePDF Printer breaks Devices and Printers in Windows 8/8.1.
    It was probably taking real printers default slot.

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    When printer drivers are installed from M$ they do not show in Ctr. Panel/ Devices and printers when they are not connected, on and initialized.
    ? That seems to be different from my setup? I have just checked, after seeing your post. At the moment I have three devices/printers (among others) showing, which are not connected in any way.
    Anyway, not important any more. The OP has solved his own problem.
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  3. #13


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    This is still happening in Windows 10. There's a discrepancy between the "Devices and Printers" section (old style of windows NT/2000/XP/7) and what was called the Metro interface (start menu | settings gear | devices and printers) introduced in Windows 8. It's two OS's in one, and they don't talk back and forth. I'm still trying to find the optimal configuration flow for devices. Microsoft seems to be pushing more functionality into the Metro area, so they make sure the Metro can read the old areas. That doesn't happen in reverse (Old areas reading settings from the Metro). The challenge continues
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  4. #14


    This is completely insane. My printers WERE in devices and printers, now they have suddenly disappeared. (Still working and showing in application print dialogs)

    I have tried checking all sorts of things computer Management/device installed service, device set up manager, device association service, all set to the correct settings (not that I had changed any),

    have found only one bizarre thing that gets them to reappear (but unworkable). When I right click the printer in the drop-down menu in the print dialogue in notepad, and change the port to LPT1, appears in devices in printers. When I change it back to USB001 (which it has to be, and was showing in devices and printers before with this setting), it disappears from the devices and printers window again.

    I have 5 printers installed each with custom settings, it will take hours to reinstall them and still no guarantee they will appear in the devices and printers window. Even more bizarre, however when I did try clicking "add printer", lo and behold, all 5 turned up there! But trying to click on and reinstall one did not make it appear in the devices and printers window.

    WTF -???
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    Hasn't solved anyone else's, davehc - can this be marked as UNSOLVED?

    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    When printer drivers are installed from M$ they do not show in Ctr. Panel/ Devices and printers when they are not connected, on and initialized.
    ? That seems to be different from my setup? I have just checked, after seeing your post. At the moment I have three devices/printers (among others) showing, which are not connected in any way.
    Anyway, not important any more. The OP has solved his own problem.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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