The error ‘Unable to install a printer. The operation could not be completed’ mostly occur while installing the printer mainly after you upgrade or reinstall your Windows. It may happen that the selected printer could not be found but that’s normal and there are ways to fix it.
So if you are getting glitches while installing the printer or its driver on your PC, you must give a try to the following solutions:
If the Print Spooler service is not working properly, you will face a problem in installing the printer. So you need to make sure that the spooler service is working fine and if it has stopped working, you need to start it again by following these steps:
Whenever you face the error, ‘printer driver was not installed. operation could not be completed’, remember that the faulty, corrupt or missing driver might be the culprit. For this, you need to get the latest driver for your printer. To download and install the updated driver for your printer, you can visit the manufacturer’s website and look for your printer’s model. So if printer installation failed on Windows 10, you need to upgrade the printer driver.
If you still can’t install the printer driver, it may be due to conflicting drivers. To fix it, you can try deleting certain registry entries.
Also, remember that modifying registries incorrectly can lead to serious issues. So make sure to back up the registry first before proceeding.
Here are the steps you need to follow to delete the printer keys:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Drivers\Version
If you can’t add a printer on Windows 10, the chances are some files are missing from your system. To fix this, just copy the required files from another system that is working and has those files, as explained here:
Create a registry entry for the copied print process file as follows:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\CONTROL\PRINT\ENVIRONMENTS\WINDOWS X64\PRINT PROCESSORS
Windows 10 offers the in-built troubleshooter to fix all the printing related issues instantly. You just need to run the ‘Troubleshooter’ from the ‘Settings’ under the ‘Update and Security’ section.
Once you are done running the troubleshooter, check if the problem is there. All the above solutions can be undertaken to fix the ‘operation could not be completed error 0x00000bc4’ that may arise while trying to add a network printer in Windows.
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