Windows 10: Printer not working after Win 10 upgrade plus malware removal

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  1. jcompguy Win User

    Printer not working after Win 10 upgrade plus malware removal


    Hello, I've just about given up trying to fix this and am ready to reinstall the OS, but maybe someone here knows what's wrong and how to fix it. The computer was upgraded to Windows 10 and had some minor malware that was removed. After the clean up the printer no longer works (I'm not sure if it was working before the clean up since it wasn't tested). The computer has no other problems or errors in the event log.


    The printer is an HP OfficeJet 8500 A909g. The OS is Win 10 x64.


    Symptoms:

    -The printer is detected in devices and printers
    -The scanner actually works
    -It will print an internal test page of some kind from the HP Solution Center, but not the Windows test page or anything else.
    -The same problems happen with both network and USB installs
    -When printing a text document it says "The handle is invalid." with a yellow triangle and exclamation mark.
    -When printing a Word Document it says "We couldn't print because there doesn't seem to be a printer installed :-(" with a yellow triangle and exclamation mark and a "show help >>" button.
    -Opening the printer properties from devices and printers gives the following error with a red X before the properties windows opens: "C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE Function address 0x3f416fda caused a protection fault. (exception code 0xc0000005) Some or all property page(s) may not be displayed."

    Attempted repairs so far:

    -Uninstalled the printer and reinstalled with both USB and network options.
    -Uninstalled the printer, ran Ccleaner, deleted all HP printer related folders, and reinstalled with newest drivers from HP.
    -Power cycled the printer, also unplugged and pushed the power button. The printer works on another computer.
    -Rebooted the computer multiple times, and did full shutdowns (shutdown /s /t 0)
    -Created a new local admin profile

    I'm out of ideas and can't find any fixes online, so any help will be appreciated. I'd rather not reinstall the OS at this point since work was already put into removing the malware, and there's a bunch of programs with custom settings on there.

    Thank you.

    :)
     
    jcompguy, Mar 8, 2016
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  2. KNSMSU Win User

    Wireless, connected HP printer shows as offline after Windows 10 upgrade

    HP OfficeJet wireless printer is connected, but after Windows 10 upgrade on my SurfacePro2, printer shows as 'offline' or 'not connected' and only works if I turn off the printer and reboot it. Gets frustrating having to do this over and over to print!
    I already have upgraded the HP driver, then even removed the printer completely and reinstalled it plus the 'right' driver, all to no avail. Any ideas as how to fix this?
     
    KNSMSU, Mar 8, 2016
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  3. bmoag Win User
    Windows 10 print spooler will not stay running

    I acquired this problem printing (three printers available to this computer) in a previously working Win 10 installation with the message that the print spooler could not be started because there were not enough resources. As usual the canned Microsoft responses
    about starting and stopping the services, uninstalling and reinstalling the printer drivers were wholly inadequate and utterly irrelevant. In fact although I could not print Device Manager indicated the devices were working properly. I also could not delete
    the printers via Devices and printers. Even a manual uninstall tool provided by one of the printer manufacturers for its drivers did not remove the printer.

    Something was eating resources that should not be eating resources or that message would not come up: malware.

    Malwarebytes for the first time ever failed (it solved a prior Win 10 malware problem). Adwcleaner found the problem and removed it. It also removed a few things I know not to be malware but that is nothing compared to being able to print again and get back
    to work instead of troubleshooting Microsoft's coding problems.

    This was the second problem related to malware I have had in Win 10 on a machine that has never been to anything but mainstream sites visited in its prior incarnation as a Win 8 machine. I am starting to suspect a security flaw in Win 10.

    Next problem and I restore the clone of Win 8.1 and wait for the Win 10 Service Pack Microsoft said it would never issue, just as it said it would never restore the start button.
     
    bmoag, Mar 8, 2016
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  4. simrick Win User

    Printer not working after Win 10 upgrade plus malware removal

    Hi jcompguy and welcome to Tenforums.

    That's a problem, yes, and you've tried just about everything I would have tried.

    Have you run the Utility-Diagnostic Tool (just below the driver/software download) here?
    HP Software and Driver Downloads for HP Printers, Laptops, Desktops and More | HP® Customer Support


    If the printer works with other machines, then it's definitely that computer. Perhaps you could run sfc /scannow to make sure all system files are intact?

    Also, before doing a clean install, I always try a repair install using an in-place upgrade. That just might do the trick.

    Hope that helps!
     
    simrick, Mar 8, 2016
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  5. Wynona Win User
    Welcome to TenForums, JCompGuy.

    First, a couple of questions: Are you using Windows 10 RTM or are you on the Windows Insider Program? If you're on the Windows Insider Program, which Build are you using?

    I have an HP Officejet 7610 Wide Format printer with basically the same problems you're having. Which is neither here nor there, because if one of us finds a solution, I'm pretty sure both of us will. *Smile

    Why? Because in my search for a solution, it seems that almost universally, HP printers are on strike against Windows 10. *Sad I provided feedback to the Windows Insider Program and saw myriads of HP problems with HP printers.

    Like you, I've installed, uninstalled, reinstalled, etc. to no avail.
    -- The printer is there in Settings, but says "Driver is Unavailable". It's not there when I want to print, though.
    -- If and when it decides to work (not in Build 14279), it won't print 11x17 documents.
    -- As Simrick suggested, I have already run HP's troubleshooter and was told there were no problems to report.
    -- I haven't tried it on another OS simply because I don't have Windows 7 or 8 installed anywhere.
    -- I will try it on my Windows 10 RTM (November Update) to see if it works there.
    -- Like yours, though, I'm pretty sure it'll work on another OS; Windows 10 is most likely the culprit.

    I'm off to the HP Forums to see if there's something there that may help.
     
    Wynona, Mar 10, 2016
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  6. I have the same printer and it works fine under Win10 64-bit -- AFTER I completely removed it and reinstalled using the HP Win10 Full Feature Software package.

    Oh, and to remove the old stuff, I had to insert the original CD that came with the printer. Spent hours trying other typical stuff, and only using the original CD worked.
     
    Mark Phelps, Mar 10, 2016
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  7. Wynona Win User
    Which printer, Mark? The HP OfficeJet 8500 A909g or the HP Officejet 7610 Wide Format?

    Because if it's the 7610, I may be out of luck. So far, I can't find the CD. Of course, it'll show up six months down the road. *Sad
     
    Wynona, Mar 10, 2016
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  8. Berton Win User

    Printer not working after Win 10 upgrade plus malware removal

    Berton, Mar 10, 2016
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  9. Wynona Win User
    Wynona, Mar 10, 2016
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  10. Wynona Win User
    Thanks, Mark . . . after fiddling around for an hour or so hunting for a CD/DVD that may no longer exist (why is it that although I file my disks religiously, they disappear when I need them most?), I decided to do a clean install of Build 14279.

    So, after some six hours of messing with this blasted computer and Murphy, Outlook 2016 (32 bit installed by accimident), kept hanging. I almost did another clean installation, but at the last minute decided to uninstall O365 32 bit and reinstall O365 64 bit. After hours of trying to get Outlook to work, with the reinstall, things seem to be finally working correctly. And yeah, I'm holding my breath. So far, so good . . .

    Since with the clean install, there were no printers installed, I went back to HP and got the full installation package and just let it loose. Within a few minutes, the printer was once more installed, so I grabbed an 11x17 spreadsheet and told it to print. Lo and behold! it said, "OK, I can do that."

    I'm now going to go to Windows 10 Feedback and to HP Forums to let both companies know what they've done! I'm quite sure neither company is smart enough to have done this all by itself!
     
    Wynona, Mar 11, 2016
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  11. simrick Win User
    What a pain @Wynona. Glad you got it working though!
     
    simrick, Apr 5, 2018
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