Is the list of printers empty on the manufacture model page? If that's the
case you need to get the system setup files that address this issue.
Call Microsoft for the QFE. There is not a charge for this bug fix.
This will fix the issue when the printer manufacturer model page only
contains a few models. I think another symptom is the USB device will not
automatically install inbox drivers.
Error message when you try to install a new hardware device in Windows
Vista: "Windows encountered a problem installing the driver software for
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"Paul H" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Checked and was working ok. Tried stopping and restarting but printer
> still not recognised.
> "Alan Morris [MSFT]" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> it sounds like the print spooler service is not running.
>> Alan Morris
>> Windows Printing Team
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>> "Paul H" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>>>I am currently running Vista Home Premium x64. I have a HP PSC 1610 and
>>>a Samsung ML-4600 printer, both of which were working ok with vista until
>>>recently. When switching either of the printers on, vista prompted that
>>>it was installing new devices, even through they had been previously
>>>installed and working ok. Each time vista says that it cannot find the
>>>drivers and prompts me to use the drivers that were supplied. I have
>>>downloaded the latest vista compatible drivers from the manufacturers
>>>website, but it still does not recognise the printer and says
>>>installation failed. Both printers have now disappeared from the
>>>printers control panel.
>>> Any help would be appreciated