Did the printer experience an Unexpected Configuration Problem? Here’s How You Can Fix

printer experience an Unexpected Configuration Problem

Recently, Windows users reported that whenever they tried to print something from the printer, they encountered an error ‘ Your printer has Experienced an Unexpected Configuration Problem’. 

This issue might appear along with an error message ‘0x80070002’ and ‘0x80040154’. Most of the time, due to the outdated printer driver or if your printer is not shared across the network, you may experience this problem. 

Also, issues with the spooler files can lead to this glitch. Remember, this error is not unique to a specific Windows version as it’s claimed to occur on Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

4 Easy Techniques to Resolve your Printer’s Configuration Problem

Dealing with this annoying error and want to solve this problem instantly? Here are some top-notched fixing techniques you can try.

Solution 1: Run the Printer Troubleshooter

This is one of the easiest ways to fix the error. Here’s a guide on how to run the printer troubleshooter.

  • At first, simultaneously press the Windows and R keys in order to open the Run dialogue box. After that, enter ‘ms-settings: troubleshoot’ within the input field. Furthermore, press the Enter key in order to navigate to the Troubleshoot tap within the Settings app.
  • Under the Troubleshooting tab, scroll down and click on the ‘Get up and running’ tab. From there, move to the Printer option. Then, select the ‘Run the troubleshooter’ option.
  • Now, the scanning procedure will start. Wait for sometimes and let the initial scanning procedure complete. When finished, if a repair strategy is recommended, tap on the ‘Apply this fix’ option. 
  • After the completion of the operation, you need to exit from the troubleshooting window and restart your device. 

Now, try to print something from the printer, and unfortunately, if the error still exists, have a glance at the next remedy. 

Solution 2: Update the Printer Drivers

As said earlier, if you haven’t updated your printer driver for a long time, you might have to deal with this issue. To get rid of this problem, first, press the Windows and R key together on the keyboard and open the Run dialogue box. 

Afterwards, enter ‘devmgmt.msc’ within the input field as well as press the Enter key in order to open the Device Manager. Under the Device Manager, scroll down below and choose the Printer option.

If multiple printers are connected to the computer, choose your printer name, from the list. Furthermore, right-click on the printer and choose Update Driver, from the list of options.

Mark the dialogue box beside the ‘Search automatically for updated driver software’ option. Wait for a while as the Windows search for available updates. If an update is available, Windows will automatically update and install it on your device.

Solution 3: Clean the Spooler Files

So, you have already applied the above two solutions and none of them works for you, right? You are advised to clean the spooler files and restart it. To perform this task, at first, open a Run dialogue box. Hope you know how to do it. 

Once the Run dialogue box is opened, enter ‘services.msc’ in the Run box. Don’t forget to press the Enter key. It will lead to the Service tab. 

Under the Services window, find out the Printer Spooler service. Afterwards, you have to right-click on the Print Spooler and choose Properties from the available options. 

Thereafter, hit the Stop button and after that, tap on the OK option. Thus, stopping the spooler service. Keep the Service window open and again open a Run dialogue box. Type ‘%WINDIR%\system32\spool\printers’ in the required field as well as press the Enter key. 

Navigate to the Printer folder and choose all the files, then delete them. Again, proceed to the Service Window. Here, you should right-click on the Printer Spooler and choose the Properties option.

Tap on the Start option and then hit the OK button in order to start the service again.  Ensure that the Startup type is set to Automatic. Finally, exit from the Service window and restart your device. 

Solution 4: Make the Printer Shareable

Sometimes, by making the printer shareable, you can quickly fix the issue. To apply this solution, in the beginning, you should open a Run dialogue box. After that, enter ‘control.exc’ in the given field. Hit the Enter key to open the Control Panel. 

Within the Control Panel, type ‘device & printers’ in the search field. Thereafter, select the Device & Printers option from the search result. Under the Device & printer, right-click on the problematic printer and select the Printer Properties option.

Next, move to the Sharing tab. Here, select the box next to the ‘Share this Printer’ option and after that, set a name for it. Finally, select the Apply option. Reboot your system to save the changes. This will resolve this unexpected configuration problem at once.

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