"Directory Service is Currently Unavailable" Message when I go to File > print > find printer. Help!

Posted on 2005-04-27
Last Modified: 2011-10-03

I recently installed a USB inkjet printer to my PC running XP. When I plugged in the USB cable, XP told me it was ready to use.

However, whenever I go to the File menu, then Print, then click on "find printer" to choose a printer other than the default printer, I get the message "The directory service is currently unavailable."

What does this mean and how do I fix it?


"I am but an egg."
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Question by:stevenjs
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    Accepted Solution

    The "Find Printer" feature works only if you are in a domain (or have installed some other directory service).

    For local printers, just use the pull-down on the little downwards-arrow to the right of your default printer.  All locally installed printers will appear here.
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    Expert Comment

    Yap.. unless u r log on to domain and wish to link to a network printer...

    Author Comment

    Thanks, I'm such a know-nothing when it comes to OS. Y

    ou'd think they'd have a little tooltip or pop to explain that, or not have the option thre if you don't have "a domain or other directory service" whatever that is.


    "I am but an egg."
    --Stranger in a Strange Land

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