How to Repair “Windows Cannot Locate a Suitable Printer Driver” in Windows Computers

The “Windows can’t find a suitable printer driver” error message usually appears when users try to install a wireless/wireless printer for the first time or when they try to share it over a local network.

It turns out that this problem often occurs when trying to share a printer between two or more computers with different versions of Windows (x86 vs. x64 or vice versa).

What is the reason for “Windows can’t find a suitable printer driver”?

  • There is a problem with the printer driver.
  • The printer is not shared enough with the right permissions.

How to solve the “Windows can’t find the right printer driver” problem?

Reinstall the printer driver

  1. First, open the Control Panel, then select Programs and Features.
  2. Find the printer driver, right-click it and select Uninstall.
  3. Now search for devices and printers in Windows and open them.
  4. Look for your printer here. If it’s listed, right-click it and choose Uninstall or Uninstall Device.
  5. Then press the Windows + R key combination, type printui.exe /s, and press Ok.
  6. The print server properties will open; click the Drivers tab.
  7. Find your printer driver. If it is there, click on it and click Remove at the bottom.
  8. Select Apply and Ok in the Print Server Properties window and restart your computer.

Updating printer sharing permissions

  1. In the Control Panel, open Devices and Printers,
  2. Right-click on the printer and select Printer Properties,
  3. Click the Sharing tab and select Change Sharing Settings.
  4. Navigate to the “Share this printer” option. Select the check box next to it.
  5. Select the desired sharing name.
  6. Click Apply and OK to confirm the changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Restore the printer driver through Device Manager.
  2. Use a special tool to solve driver problems.
  3. Update the printer driver manually.
  4. Change the sharing permissions.
  5. Properly connect your computer to the printer.

This error usually occurs when the printer driver is outdated or corrupt, or when new Windows updates are required. However, the most common cause of this problem is corrupt and incompatible printer drivers.

  1. Run the Windows Update tool.
  2. Update the printer drivers manually.
  3. Automatically update your printer drivers.