I suddenly can't print from my Windows Vista Ultimate (SP1) computer.
When I first tried to print, I got the following error: "Before you
print, you need to select a printer. If you need to install a
either double-click the Add Printer icon or click the Find Printer...
button located on the General tab of this dialog.
When I try to add a printer, I get through all the steps until I
Finish. Then I get the error "Unable to install printer. Operation
not be completed (error 0x000003eb).
I've experienced the same problem with both printers. One is a Xerox
laser printer, the other is an Epson ink jet. Both are local and
is shared. One is parallel, the other is USB.
The research and troubleshooting I've done lead me to believe it's a
problem. When trying to install a printer I do not get a UAC prompt.
When I open a printer properties dialog box, driver
options are grayed out and I do not get a UAC prompt. I've tried from
both administrative and non-administrative accounts. I've disabled
rebooted, tried again, re-enabled UAC, rebooted, and tried again
any luck. I've tried additional print drivers
from Windows with the
results. The Microsoft XPS Document Writer printer object also fails
with the same initial problem. I've also tested my printers on
computer to confirm they are functioning.