of printer, please and how you connect the printer.
You can first try...
Start, printer and faxed(Might be in control panel)and see if your printer is listed there. If so, then make sure the printer is online.
If connected USB, check the cable and make sure it's connected. Also if you have something else, try using it in the usb port and see if the USB port is working.
type services.msc hit enter
look for the print spooler and make sure it's set for automatic. Restart the service. Since you said that the printer is completely gone, that may not work.
Hi, I have an HP computer with Windows XP version 2002, service pack 2. One day I went to print something and it asked if I wanted to add a printer. It was just gone. When I try to add a printer it says unable to complete operation print spooler service is not running. i've tried turning it on and it says system is unable to locate the file. when i tried uninstalling and reinstalling my printer from the cd it says it can't finish because the rcp service is not running but it shows it is. i even tried installing new drivers, that didn't work either. any suggestions? i'm lost without my printer.