Control Panel "Add a printer" gives no response
Posted on 2011-09-18
I'm running Windows XP and trying to install one of the old printers that came with the PC. (I bought it almost 5 years ago.) The reason I have to (re-)install the printer is because, earlier this year, I got some malware on the PC and had to re-install windows completely. Since re-installing windows, I have not bothered to re-install the printer, since it was a low-end freebie printer and is now an old piece of junk. Now I'm thinking I should just re-install the thing to save myself the $$ of buying a new printer.
I downloaded and installed the driver from the Dell website but the printer was still not recognized. I realized that this was probably because the printer itself wasn't even installed. (Duh!) So I tried to install it via Control Panel. I clicked on "Printers and Faxes" and double clicked on "Add a printer". But Control Panel did not respond at all.
Any idea why Control Panel does not allow me to add a printer? And is there a way to install a printer other than via Control Panel?