New Printer Status is “Offline”

Adding an HP printer to a Windows PC just hasn’t been the same since the introduction of Vista. It either works or it doesn’t. And then the install of the HP bloated software takes 15 minutes or more and maybe a reboot. Also, why do new HP printers take 20 minutes to align and calibrate on a new setup? I don’t know and don’t like it.

Personally, I  had to reinstall my printer software 2-3 times over the past year because it just craps out, disappears or it actually tells me to reinstall the software.

I digress…

Yes, I have seen this error and blew another 20 minutes or more deleting the printer, and then re-installing it, again.

Consider the following scenario: You delete a printer while it is in an Offline status.You add the new printer, again, that has the same name as the old printer. You restart the computer. In this scenario, the status of the new printer is displayed as Offline.

You can use the FIX IT Solution:

Fix this problem
Microsoft Fix it 50723
Thanks Microsoft. Haven’t tried it out, but thanks anyways for throwing a Fix It at this print issue.

via Microsoft Fix It Support

4 Responses to “New Printer Status is “Offline””

  1. HP Printer Software Reinstall Again! « ibannieb Tech Support Says:

    […] Seriously?! Just like clock work, 3 times a year I have to “reinstall” this crap-ass software. […]

  2. Batman Says:

    You know Microsoft has jumped the shark with the “Fix it” buttons when they need one to click a menu item or check a checkbox. Next up a “Fix it” button that sends an email to Steve Balmer calling him a douche, and another that instead of giving you a spinning circle for 45 minutes while installing a network printer it plays a video of “Never Gonna Give You Up” on repeat.

    Yo Microsoft I’m really happy for you and Imma let you finish but HP has the shittiest fucking software of all time.


  3. Bill Berndtson Says:

    I could have written that report!

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