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printers disappear

Discussion in 'Windows XP Help' started by idr, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. idr

    idr Established Techie7 Member

    I work on WinXP sp3 with two printers, an HP laser and a Lexmark inkjet. And with two pdf writers, a pdf995 and a Foxit .
    Lately from time to time all the printers and pdf writers disapear from my computer and the screen “printers and faxes” in the Control panel goes blank.
    In such state I cannot print at all, neither on paper nor to a pdf file. But the computer continues to work correctly, with Word, other programs and Intrnet surfing.
    After one or two reboots the printers return and everything works as before.
    I checked the system for viruses and malware and didn’t find anything suspect
    Please advise what can be wrong and how can this be avoided