On Windows 10 you will occasionally get ‘Printer Driver Is Unavailable’ error as a status message. This usually happens when the printer driver is not up-to-date, the latest windows updates are to be installed or the driver is corrupt and the operating system does not recognize it. This is a very common issue and most of the times it can be fixed easily. The very first thing that you can do is to check the software in the Devices and Printers section of the Control panel. The following are some of the ways in which you can fix if the printer driver is unavailable error.
Reinstall The Driver
As mentioned in the introduction corrupt or wrong printer drivers are usually the cause in many cases. In such a situation, you should install the right driver and see if the printer is taking printouts. If the problem still persists, then search for the driver on the brand’s official website, download it and install it manually and that will fix the driver issue. Before doing it you must uninstall the old corrupted driver that is already installed in the system. Also, some printer manufacturers offer diagnostics applications that monitor the printer status and guides through troubleshooting solutions. They can be user-friendly, has automatic driver updater.
After performing the above task, you must disconnect the printer if it is connected using a USB or disconnect it from a router if it is a wireless printer. Then, you shut down the computer, turn off the printer and the router and plug out the power supply from all of them. After some time, plug everything back, connect the printer and restart everything. Wait for the OS to detect the printer and install the necessary drivers. Now, you go back to the control panel, right-click on the device and select ‘set as default printer’.
Manually Installing Windows Updates
The issue of ‘Printer Driver Is Unavailable’ can also happen when Windows Automatic Updates are turned off and hence the operating system is out of date. So, it can make the printer driver temporarily unavailable until troubleshooting asks for it. In such a situation, search for updates in the system updates section of system settings and when you see Updates Are Available, download them and install them. Once the new updates are installed, restart the PC and try printing.
Besides the above methods, there are some drivers updating software that automatically detects driver issues and update existing drivers with just one click.