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No Printers Found? Windows can’t open Add Printer. The local print spooler service is not running.

There are times when you want to print a webpage or document and see a message like the one below even though you have all the printers and drivers installed.

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Since the error says that there are no printers installed the most logical solution would be to check why it is giving you this error, so you head to the printers in control panel.

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Most of the times you will see that the printers are missing from the available devices and when you try to install a printer you will see an error like the one below.

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Case of the Missing Printers

As you can see from the error above the printers are missing due to the Print spooler service being disabled or stopped, you can restart your computer to get the printers back. But why waste time when you can do it without restarting the PC.

Here are the steps to get your missing printers back without having to restart the PC.

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to open the run box and type in services.msc.

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Step 2: The services window will open, in that find Print Spooler and start the service.

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Once you have done that refresh or reopen the printer page from control panel and you will see that all your printers should reappear again.

While you are printing please try and save the environment use a add-in to print what you want or an excellent service that will allow you to save pages and inks by removing data and images you do not want to print. Happy Printing.

Prevent/Fix Operation Aborted Errors In IE

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The screenshot above is the worst nightmare of any webmaster, it relates to improper JavaScript coding that prevents your site from loading in Internet Explorer.

And considering the Sitemeter debacle quite sometime back, which prevented users from visiting the site running sitemeter code because of a problem in their JavaScript code, it can be pretty annoying as you are still losing traffic for no fault of yours.

Many might say it is IE’s fault as other browsers handle JavaScript errors pretty well, however that is how it handles things, so we need to make sure that the JavaScript code does not have errors in the first place, I am saying this because I myself have made a mistake once and lost traffic from IE users, you can read more about that experience in my post Incomplete testing can lose you traffic.

To overcome this error, I had told you about some simple steps you can do on your end to avoid operation aborted errors, to add to that the IE blog today wrote a extensive tutorial that will help developers to avoid visitors from seeing the dreaded error on their websites.

The post is pretty detailed and talks about possible scenarios the error will occur in and the steps you can take to debug your code to track such errors.

Definitely useful considering the fact that IE still holds a considerable share in the browser market, so no matter whether you love it or hate it, you still have to code for it.

Preventing Operation Aborted Scenarios [IE Blog]

HP Printer Software Not Installing. HP Installer Option Plug-in Has Stopped Working [Fix]

Recently while installing the HP Print software suite for the HP 2840 All-in-one printer, I hit a roadblock where the installer quit giving the error;

HP Installer Option Plug-in has stopped working.

A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.

The extended attributes are inconsistent.

After hitting ok, I was shown another error which said;

HP Installer Recovery plug-in has stopped working.

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