How to Troubleshoot Printer Not Activated Error Code -30 on Windows 10

Last Updated on January 24, 2022



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You are currently seeing the error message “Printer not activated, error code -30”. Perhaps you are attaching an important file to an email or want to save a PDF file in Adobe or another program. But you can’t do that, and an error message appears instead.

What causes error code -30 “Printer not enabled”?

The most common reasons for the “Printer not enabled, error code -30” message in Windows 10 are that the user account does not have permission to print files, the default printer is not installed, and the drivers are outdated or corrupt.

This error message can also appear when you try to print to a PDF printer, but in that case, the error code will probably be “Printer not enabled, error code -30 PDF or 20 PDF”.

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Install the latest updates

  1. Press the Windows + I keys to open the Settings app.
  2. Go to the Update and Security section.
  3. Click the Check for Updates button.

Launch the printer troubleshooter

  1. Press the Windows + I key combination to open the Settings application.
  2. Go to the Update and Security section.
  3. In the left pane, select the Troubleshooting option.
  4. Select Printer, and then click Perform Troubleshooting.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the troubleshooting.

Make sure that your printer is set as the default printer

  1. Press the Windows + I keys to open the Settings application.
  2. Go to Devices.
  3. Select Printers and Scanners.
  4. Select your printer and click Manage.
  5. Click the Set as Standard button.

Using the Print to PDF feature

  1. Open the document you want to print to a PDF file.
  2. Locate and open the Print to an Application dialog box (may vary depending on the application).
  3. Normally go to File and select Print.
  4. Select Microsoft Print to PDF under Select Printer.
  5. Click Print or OK.



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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Make sure your printer drivers are up to date.
  2. Select the printer manually.
  3. Use the Print to PDF function.
  4. Reinstall the printer drivers and change the registration.
  5. Uninstall the printer software.
  6. Change the security permissions of the application.
  7. Install the latest updates.

  1. Press the Windows key, find Device Manager and open it.
  2. Select the connected printer from the list of available devices.
  3. Right-click on the device and select Update Driver or Update Driver Software.
  4. Click Automatically check for driver software updates.

  1. First, cancel all print jobs in the queue.
  2. Turn off the printer and restart it.
  3. Check the paper in the printer.