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Error 0x000003eb is a printer connection installation error. If you are trying to install a printer, but cannot do so because of the error code 0x000003eb, then you are in the right place because we are going to discuss today how to solve this problem. The error message does not give you much information because it only indicates that the printer cannot be installed and gives you the error code 0x000003eb.
The error message looks like this:
“Unable to install printer. Operation could not be completed (error 0x000003eb)”
How To fix Printer Installation Error 0x000003eb:
Reinstall in Clean Boot
Try to install the printer in a clean boot and see if this solves the problem. To help you solve error messages and other problems, you can start Windows with a minimum of drivers and startups. This type of start is called a clean boot. A clean boot avoids software conflicts.
Steps to follow to make a clean start and check that the problem is present.
i. Click on Start, type msconfig in the Start search box, then press ENTER.
ii. If you are prompted to enter an administrator password or confirmation, enter the password or click Next.
iii. In the General tab, click on Selective Start.
iv. Under Selective Start, clear the Load Startup Items check box.
v. Click the Services tab, select the Hide all Microsoft services check box, and then click Disable all.
vi. Click on OK.
vii. When prompted, click Restart.
viii. After starting the computer, install the printer.
Delete the printer keys
Save your registry settings.
Once the register is registered, stop the print spooler service from the service console.
Now go back to the Registry Editor and delete the following keys:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Drivers\Version-3
Now hold down the Windows key and press R, enter the following path in the Run dialog box:
Here, rename the three to three old ones.
Restart the “Print Spooler” from the service console and reinstall your printers.
Once this is done, reboot your PC and try to reinstall it.
Check Windows Installer service
1. press Windows + R, then type services.msc and press Enter.
2. Locate the Windows Install service in the list and double-click it.
3. Make sure that the start type is set to Automatic and click Start if the service is not already launched.
4. click Apply, then click OK.
5. Try to reinstall the printer.
Disconnect unnecessary devices
Disconnect external devices and try to install the printer. Steps to install the printer.
Go to the Device Manager and disable it:
i. sound card
ii. video card
iii. network card
v. Ports (serial and parallel)
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