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Printers Disappear from Add Printer in C

By techytype ·
A perplexing problem I have been experiencing on a bunch of Windows 2000 Professional systems. The printers disappear from within the printer folder. The printers are still available to send documents to but making changes to properties is extremely difficult. Checked out the Microsoft Knowledgebase and the solution to restore the NTPRINT file doesn't solve this one. I'm losing my marbles trying to figure this one out (of course that is status quo). Help!

The only way I have found to modify the printers properties is to bring the printer offline then send something to it. I can then rightl click on the printer on the taskbar, open active printers and make changes to my hearts content. But the printer is still missing in action from the printers folder. Any "new" printers I install become the default printer and they too never show up in the printers folder. Ideas and suggestions gratefully accepted!

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by Cedric King In reply to Printers Disappear from A ...

Try batching your OS :)

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by techytype In reply to Printers Disappear from A ...

Please expand, what is meant by "batching your OS"? Dumping W2K is not an option. It is still better than any 9x versions.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Printers Disappear from A ...

Greetings,

I would guess that the Windows 2000 print spooler failed to delete a spooled file from the previous print job, thereby causing the printer to disappear from the printer folder. When a printer is busy ?spooling? data, the icon temporarily disappears, reappearing only after the spooling process.

If the print spooler does not delete a finished spool file, it is possible that some program or users has set the read-only attribute on the spool file, at:

%Systemroot%\System32\Spool\Printers.

To prevent this behavior from occurring, do not change (or stop whatever may be changing it) the attributes of a spool file while it is in the:

%Systemroot%\System32\Spool\Printers folder.

To resolve this problem, right-click the spool file in Windows Explorer and press Properties. Clear the read-only attribute and press OK.

Good luck,

Maxwell

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by techytype In reply to Printers Disappear from A ...

Tried your suggestion, unfortunately did not solve the problem. Thanks for the idea though. I'm going to close this issue, haven't been able to find any solution in well over a year. It can die a slimy MS death.

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by techytype In reply to Printers Disappear from A ...

Tried your suggestion, unfortunately did not solve the problem. Thanks for the idea though. I'm going to close this issue, haven't been able to find any solution in well over a year. It can die a slimy MS death.

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by Bhrdwh In reply to Printers Disappear from A ...

Hi, Does it happen with all PCs ?? If yes, the problem lies with your Print Server. Remove all drivers & recreate the Print Server again. Also update drivers with latest release.
Akash

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by techytype In reply to Printers Disappear from A ...

No, this problem does not happen with all systems using Windows 2000. I'm going to close this issue, haven't been able to find any solution in well over a year. It can die a slimy MS death.

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