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Add Printer Does Not Work


I recently tried to install a new printer on a laptop running windows 7 ultimate. After attempting this, i can no longer add a new printer nor print to my existing printers. If i try to add a new printer, a message appears that states: unable to install printer. The print processor does not exist. If i try to print to an existing printer, the computer claims that the printer does not exist. Is there any good way to "reset" the windows printing subsystem? 

I'm really at my wits end with this issue and do not want to be forced to reinstall windows to correct this issue. I have checked the windows spooler service and it is running and does not appear to be generating any errors in the event viewer. I have also come across some previous posts that stated you may be able to install a new printer with a generic driver first and then change it, but this does not work either. Any recommendations regarding how to correct this issue would be greatly appreciated.


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