Windows 10: Windows 10 update removes all printer's drivers

Discus and support Windows 10 update removes all printer's drivers in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Hello I have a problem with one of my computers, it serves as a printer hub in my workshop. I have 8 different printers each for different materials... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by kiki443, Jan 14, 2021.

  1. kiki443 Win User

    Windows 10 update removes all printer's drivers


    Hello


    I have a problem with one of my computers, it serves as a printer hub in my workshop.

    I have 8 different printers each for different materials connected via USB to that PC.


    The PC itself is a bit old, but new enough to support windows 10 and good enough to serve the purpose it has.

    The printers themselves are older and many no longer recieve driver updates, however they aren't office printers, but rather a special industrial printers for printing on different materials, from paper to vynil to textile to banners, etc.


    The problem started about ten months ago, when original windows 10 version installed on computer expired, ever since windows update forces me to install a new version, going so far as to install it automatically, which than result that all my printers get removed from printer list, and their drivers disappear too.

    When I try to reinstall the drivers I get an error saying "Arguments are invalid", when I try to manually add the printer, and is not found, I go to manuall printer not detected? link - this is in add new printer wizard on controll panel, than I get an error saying something about my printer router not started, and I need to restart my PC or something - of course that didn't help.

    I tried running the troubleshooter, it says that no phisical printer is installed - of course they are all gone.


    I was after more searching left with an option to restore windows to previous version which fix the problem, but now my windows update again wants to install a new version back, and it will do that automatically outside active ours, only to be restored manuallly next day becouse I can't work with my printers., it becomes annoying to do this every day.


    please tell me how to stop auto updates to new versions, or at least fix the problem, and continue working on new version, but if that for some reason isn't possible, I would like to stop updates completelly - yes I am aware that updates keep my PC safe, but I can maintain PC safety since the PC is connected to network only to recieve print files from another PC on the same network, and is not used to download anything from internet, plus I have malwarebytes premium installed there.

    :)
     
    kiki443, Jan 14, 2021
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  2. Hp 3520 printer can't remove

    Hello,

    Thank you for posting in Microsoft Community and we appreciate your interest in Windows 10.

    I understand the inconvenience caused to you. I will be glad to assist you with your issue.

    I suggest you to follow the below steps and check if you can uninstall the printer software from your system:

    Step 1: Remove the printer from the devices list.

    Remove printers and uninstall any Windows print drivers using Windows
    Devices and Printers.


    • If your printer connects to the computer with a USB cable, disconnect the cable from the printer.

    • Turn the printer off and on again, and make sure that it is in a ready state.

    • Search Windows for devices, and then click Devices and Printers in the list of results.

    • Right-click the printer icon (
      Windows 10 update removes all printer's drivers c01514371.gif
      ) for your printer, and then click
      Remove Device. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

    • If multiple icons exist for the printer, remove them all.

    Step 2: Locating the List of Installed Printer Drivers and removing them.

    Follow the steps below:

    1. Select Device and Printers
    from Control Panel.

    2. Click one time on the printer which you want to uninstall, then click the
    Print Server Properties button in the horizontal blue bar at the top of the window.

    3. Click the
    Drivers
    tab at the top of this window.

    4. click the old printer driver you want to remove, then click the
    Remove button at the bottom of the window.

    5. Click the option to the left of
    Remove driver and driver package, then click the OK button.

    Try the above suggestion and let us know if it helps. For further assistance feel free to post your queries in Microsoft forums. We will be glad to assist you.

    Thank You.
     
    Sangeeta Sarkar, Jan 14, 2021
    #2
  3. Windows 10 update cause printer problem with: "Printer not activated - Error - 20"

    Hi John,

    Thank you for posting in Microsoft Community, we appreciate your interest in Windows 10.

    I understand your concern about accessing the printer after the Windows Update, we will help you with this issue.

    Do let us know the following:

    • What is the make and model of your device?
    • How is the printer connected to the computer, locally or through network?
    • Have you tried any troubleshooting steps to resolve this issue?

    I suggest you to try the below and check if it helps.

    Step 1: I suggest you to update the drivers for printer and check.


    • Right click on the Start button from the desktop and select
      Device Manager.

    • Locate and expand Print queue.

    • Right-click on the printer driver
      that is listed and click Update driver software.

    Step 2: I suggest you to run the printer troubleshooter from
    Fix printer problems
    and then check if this fixes the issue.

    Hope it helps. Reply to the post with an updated status of this issue and required information, we will be happy to help you further.
     
    Deepika Gowda, Jan 14, 2021
    #3
  4. Windows 10 update removes all printer's drivers

    Unable to remove a printer gone in "Unspecified" group

    An outdated, or incompatible printer driver could be causing the issue. We suggest that you update your printer driver, or
    uninstall the printer driver; then, restart the computer, and have Windows install the latest driver automatically. Check the steps below:

    • Press Windows key + R.
    • Type devmgmt.msc and press enter.
    • Locate the printer driver and uninstall it.
    • Restart the computer.

    Keep us posted.
     
    Michael Gall, Jan 14, 2021
    #4
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