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Printer driver was not installed. Operation could not be completed

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jcage@lycos.com, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. jcage@lycos.com

    jcage@lycos.com Flightless Bird

    I am just amazed at the sheer numbers of posts on the internet related
    to "Printer driver was not installed. Operation could not be complete"
    and the various MS operating systems. My particular problem is with
    XPpro SP2 and I've done a ton of reading and followed many rabbit
    trails in search of a solution.

    When I attempt to use the plug n play wizard, it quickly drops me out
    with "an error occurred during the installation of this device, the
    system cannot find the specified file" [though it really would be
    sweet if that file were indeed 'specified'].

    When I attempt a manual printer installation, it looks good, copying
    files but at the end, kicks me out with "Printer driver was not
    installed. Operation could not be completed".

    This has been so frustrating and I very surprised that
    'SOMEONE' (perhaps MS) would have come out with a one size fits all
    solution to this problem which at least would show what areas of the
    registry may need to be manually edited [to clear any mess of
    previous, for installation] and perhaps more importantly,
    *specifically* what files are viewed, altered, need to be present, etc
    - for a good installation.

    I've tried it all related to drivers, windows\system32\spool\etc; so
    am not looking for advice on newest drivers, etc. What I need is more
    specific to what file this install is looking for. I read another
    post today, suggesting another victim of this issue to try deleting
    their 'printupg.pnf' from windows\inf - heck, I checked and I don't
    even have that file in that folder.

    But anyway, this is a printer that used to be on my system but was
    accidentally deleted. It's worked fine in the past and there's
    nothing wrong with the printer or my LPT1 port. Device Mgr is good
    and I can print to the printer through a dos box and also connect fine
    to it with my laptop but I REALLY would like to get it running on this
    machine, my box - if possible.

    TIA
     
  2. Jerry

    Jerry Flightless Bird

    Update to XP SP3.

    <jcage@lycos.com> wrote in message
    news:19681aed-f599-4b4f-a9ee-090eeae02fca@d16g2000yqb.googlegroups.com...
    >I am just amazed at the sheer numbers of posts on the internet related
    > to "Printer driver was not installed. Operation could not be complete"
    > and the various MS operating systems. My particular problem is with
    > XPpro SP2 and I've done a ton of reading and followed many rabbit
    > trails in search of a solution.
    >
    > When I attempt to use the plug n play wizard, it quickly drops me out
    > with "an error occurred during the installation of this device, the
    > system cannot find the specified file" [though it really would be
    > sweet if that file were indeed 'specified'].
    >
    > When I attempt a manual printer installation, it looks good, copying
    > files but at the end, kicks me out with "Printer driver was not
    > installed. Operation could not be completed".
    >
    > This has been so frustrating and I very surprised that
    > 'SOMEONE' (perhaps MS) would have come out with a one size fits all
    > solution to this problem which at least would show what areas of the
    > registry may need to be manually edited [to clear any mess of
    > previous, for installation] and perhaps more importantly,
    > *specifically* what files are viewed, altered, need to be present, etc
    > - for a good installation.
    >
    > I've tried it all related to drivers, windows\system32\spool\etc; so
    > am not looking for advice on newest drivers, etc. What I need is more
    > specific to what file this install is looking for. I read another
    > post today, suggesting another victim of this issue to try deleting
    > their 'printupg.pnf' from windows\inf - heck, I checked and I don't
    > even have that file in that folder.
    >
    > But anyway, this is a printer that used to be on my system but was
    > accidentally deleted. It's worked fine in the past and there's
    > nothing wrong with the printer or my LPT1 port. Device Mgr is good
    > and I can print to the printer through a dos box and also connect fine
    > to it with my laptop but I REALLY would like to get it running on this
    > machine, my box - if possible.
    >
    > TIA
     
  3. jcage@lycos.com

    jcage@lycos.com Flightless Bird

    Re: Printer driver was not installed. Operation could not becompleted

    On Jun 27, 11:43 am, "Jerry" <ChiefZekeNoS...@MSN.com> wrote:
    > Update to XP SP3.
    >


    Read one guys experience and that didn't work.
     
  4. jcage@lycos.com

    jcage@lycos.com Flightless Bird

    Re: Printer driver was not installed. Operation could not becompleted

    FINALLY - VICTORY...

    Okay here's what worked for me. And this is after HOURS of reading,
    trying different things, etc...

    My \windows\inf folder did not contain printupg.pnf OR printupg.inf

    Once I located and copied those two files into my inf folder and then
    uninstalled to reinstall the printer drivers as a fresh start and
    following a reboot, VOILA - my printer installed like a new
    installation. So many of you with this same experience may be missing
    those two files and if you're experiencing the same error, it's worth
    a try because it worked for me...

    John
     
  5. atec7 7

    atec7 7 Flightless Bird

    jcage@lycos.com wrote:
    > I am just amazed at the sheer numbers of posts on the internet related
    > to "Printer driver was not installed. Operation could not be complete"
    > and the various MS operating systems. My particular problem is with
    > XPpro SP2 and I've done a ton of reading and followed many rabbit
    > trails in search of a solution.
    >

    Generally manually adding the printer driver in safe mode while the
    printer is disconnected works pretty well
    On reboot the puter looks for the printer when it's added
     
  6. Unknown

    Unknown Flightless Bird

    Many printers require installation of the driver with the printer NOT
    connected. Then, the printer
    is connected when asked to do so. Did you follow this procedure?
    <jcage@lycos.com> wrote in message
    news:e0f7024d-f209-4a7a-bcf6-b8031f29e24c@d16g2000yqb.googlegroups.com...
    > FINALLY - VICTORY...
    >
    > Okay here's what worked for me. And this is after HOURS of reading,
    > trying different things, etc...
    >
    > My \windows\inf folder did not contain printupg.pnf OR printupg.inf
    >
    > Once I located and copied those two files into my inf folder and then
    > uninstalled to reinstall the printer drivers as a fresh start and
    > following a reboot, VOILA - my printer installed like a new
    > installation. So many of you with this same experience may be missing
    > those two files and if you're experiencing the same error, it's worth
    > a try because it worked for me...
    >
    > John
     

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