I do have admin rights and I will open printmanagement.msc when the problem
resurfaces--which it will. I have Business on one Dell and Home Basic on
another Dell. Both have the same problem (which is periodic). I updated a
printer driver last night for one of my Dell all-in-one printers (928). The
driver clearly indicates that it is Vista compatible. I was under the
assumption that the previous driver was also Vista compatible (Dell sent it
with one of my Vista purchases).
Even if the root cause is a Vista compatible driver issue, and I am not
convinced it is at this point, Vista should not fail as it does where there
is no way to access Printers in Control Panel. Solving that problem is
nearly impossible for most consumers unless they know how to do a restore
"Alan Morris [MSFT]" wrote:
> On the Business version, can you open printmanagement.msc?
> I'm assuming you have access to the admin accounts on the machines affected.
> Alan Morris
> Windows Printing Team
> Search the Microsoft Knowledge Base here:
> This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
> "Peace Church" <PeaceChurch@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> >I don't agree with your assessment. Here is more information. When this
> > problem occurs I cannot even open Printers in Control Panel. The system
> > hangs forever trying to open Printers so there is no way to even test
> > printing from Notepad, or any other application. Often the cure is
> > restore
> > to the previous day's restore point when the only thing that has happened
> > during the night is an automatic Microsoft update (like a security
> > update).
> > Ed
> > "Cari (MS-MVP)" wrote:
> >> It obviously seems to be an application issue, which is really your
> >> responsibility to discover.
> >> If you can print from Notepad, then it's not really a printing issue.
> >> You
> >> should consult the manufacturer of the application that causes the error.
> >> --
> >> Cari (MS-MVP) Printing & Imaging
> >> www.coribright.com/windows
> >> "Peace Church" <Peace Church@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> >> news:C72FEB31-4C97-426D-8CBC-3CBFDD0ED995@xxxxxx
> >> > On Vista (Home Basic and Buriness versions) I lose all access to
> >> > printers
> >> > periodically causing all Office programs to hang. The problem seems to
> >> > happen when a secutiry update is installed or a new application is
> >> > installed.
> >> > The fix is to either go back to a restore point prior to the noted
> >> > install
> >> > or to disable startup items. The problem is definitely associated with
> >> > a
> >> > startup item but I cannot determine the cause for the conflict.