Printers are one of the computer peripherals that can affect the efficiency or performance of workflow in offices. Their slow down can be quite annoying and it is important to get it resolved, this is especially true in the case of wireless printers. It can be caused due to corrupted or outdated drivers or any other hardware issue. The purpose of this article is to troubleshooting printer problems causing its slowdown.
Some Common Printer Slowdown Issues?
Some users talk about the printer taking too long to start printing, in many cases, this can be resolved by reinstalling and updating drivers. This can also be a due issue with print spooler and can be resolved by restarting it or deleting files in the queue. Besides, in the case of wireless printers, the issue of slow printing can be resolved by changing the printer’s IP address.
Troubleshooting Printer Issues Causing Slowdown
Oftentimes slow printing issues are due to driver issues and can be fixed by reinstalling it, shared below are the steps to do it.
- You open the “Device Manager” by right-clicking on the start button and selecting it from the list.
- From the list of devices scroll down to your printer, right-click on it and select “Uninstall device”
- When you have clicked it a confirmation box appears, in it check “Remove driver software for this device” and then click the “Uninstall” button.
- After you have completely uninstalled the drivers, click on the “Scan for hardware changes” icon on the top.
- Windows will install the appropriate driver for your printer.
After the installation is complete check if the problem still persists, if it is still there then you have to manually install the drivers.
Slow printing issues can also be due to outdated printer drivers and installing the newer ones can easily resolve the issue. You can do this by visiting the printer manufacturers official website, download the latest drivers into the computer-based on printer model number and install it. Many printer software, native security, and update software of the operating system will check it for you automatically if you give permission.
In the case of troubleshooting printer issues of a wireless printer for slow printing speed, it can be fixed by changing its IP address and it is done by the following steps.
- Search for “Printers & scanners” in the lower search box of Windows 10 desktop.
- Choose “Printers & scanners”
- Select “Add a printer or scanner” and in it choose “The printer that I want isn’t listed”
- Select “Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname” and click “Next”
- In the next window, select “TCP/IP Device” for device type, type in the Hostname or the IP address and click “Next”
- Windows will find the printer and configure it automatically, you might have to add additional information like the type of network adapter or even select custom settings.
These are some ways in which you can troubleshoot printer problems for slow printing speed.