How To Fix Devices and Printers Not Loading On Windows 10

Devices and Printers section on Windows 10 allows you to access, manage, add or remove the devices that are connected to your computer. The Device and Printers section can be easily accessed on the Control Panel window, however, there have been reports from Windows users wherein they the Devices and Printers section is not loading and or not responding. Other times, the Devices and Printers window seemed to be blank when in fact there are devices connected. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series, we will talk about the recommended troubleshooting solutions that you can try to fix Devices and Printers not loading issue on Windows 10.

Fix Devices and Printers Not Loading On Windows 10

There are several factors that can cause not loading devices and printers section ranging from a glitch or a corrupted system file, print spooler service not enabled to a Bluetooth service not running. If you are experiencing devices and printers not loading issue on Windows 10, try the following solutions below to fix it. Most of the solutions below fixes the issue as claimed by most users.

But before performing the recommended troubleshooting solutions below, its best to restart your Windows computer first. This action refreshes the Windows operating system and removes any corrupt temporary data that could be causing the problem.

Solution 1: Run Printer troubleshooter

The very first thing that you need to do with Devices and Printers window not loading is to run printer troubleshooter. A built-in tool on Windows that scan the computer for problems and fixes the problem if there are any. In this case, try to run Printer troubleshooter to check for printers latest update, issues with connectivity, status of printer spooler and other issues relating to the Printer.

To do this:

  1. Press Windows key or Start key located at the lower left

    Start menu button or Windows

  2. Click Settings, an icon that looks like a gear to open Windows Settings

    Settings

  3. On Windows settings window, click Update & Security

    Update and Security

  4. At left pane, click Troubleshoot

    troubleshoot

  5. Click Additional Troubleshooters at right pane.

    Devices and Printers not Loading

  6. Under Get up and running, click Printer

    Devices and Printers not Loading

  7. Click Run the troubleshooter tab.

    Devices and Printers not Loading

  8. Choose which printer you would like to troubleshoot, then click Next.

    Windows will now detect problems, wait for it to complete.
    Devices and Printers not Loading

  9. After Troubleshooting process is complete and it could not identify any problem, click Close to exit.

    Devices and Printers not Loading

Check if Devices and Printers not loading issue on Windows 10 still occurs.

Solution 2: Run SFC scan

System File Checker Utility or SFC scan the computer’s for corrupted system file and replaces corrupted system files. If a corrupt system file is the culprit for devices and printers not loading issue, performing this solution using the command prompt will surely fix the issue.

To do this:

  1. Type Command Prompt at the search bar located at the lower left.
  2. Right click on Command prompt result and click Run as Administrator from the drop down menu for Administrative access.
  3. At Command Prompt window, type command sfc/ scannow and press Enter. Scanning process will now begin, wait for it to complete.
  4. After SFC scan process is complete, click close to exit.
  5. Restart windows computer.

After computer completely reboots, check if Devices and Printers not loading issue on Windows 10 still occurs.

Solution 3: Enable Print Spooler service

If Devices and Printers not loading issue still occurs after the two solutions mentioned above, try to check the Status of Print Spooler service and make sure it is enabled. If it is disable, make sure to enable it and check if the issue will be fixed.

To do this:

  1. Press Windows key + R on your keyboard to open RUN dialog box.
  2. At RUN dialog box, type services.msc and press Enter or click OK to open Services window.
  3. At Service window, Scroll down and locate Print Spooler.
  4. Right click on Print Spooler service and click Properties from the drop down menu
  5. At Print Spooler Properties screen, stay on General tab.
  6. Make sure to set Startup Type to Automatic.
  7. Click Apply to apply changes made.
  8. Click OK to Exit Properties window.
  9. Exit Services window.
  10. After enabling Print spooler service, restart computer.

Once computer completely reboots, check if Devices and Printers not loading issue on Windows 10 still occurs.

Solution 4: Enable Bluetooth Support service

There are instances when bluetooth support services cause issues with the configurations settings such as a disabled service. To fix this, make sure Bluetooth support service is enabled.

To do this:

  1. Press Windows key + R on your keyboard to open RUN dialog box.
  2. At RUN dialog box, type services.msc and press Enter or click OK to open Services window.
  3. At Service window, Scroll down and locate Bluetooth Support service.
  4. Right click on Bluetooth Support service and click Properties from the drop down menu
  5. At Properties window, stay on General tab.
  6. Make sure to set Startup Type to Automatic.
  7. Click Apply to apply changes made.
  8. Click OK to exit Properties window.
  9. Restart PC.

Once computer completely reboots, check if Devices and Printers not loading issue on Windows 10 still occurs.

Solution 5: Install the latest Windows Updates

Most the time, missing windows updates can cause issues and glitch that can also cause some windows settings to not load when trying to access. To fix this, you may need to check for and install missing updates.

To do this:

  1. Press Windows or Start Button.
  2. Click Settings, an icon that looks like a gear. This will open the Windows settings.
  3. Click Update and Security
  4. Click Windows Update at left pane.
  5. Click Check for updates. Windows will now search for and install updates. Wait for it to complete.
  6. After Windows update is complete, close Windows settings
  7. Restart computer

Once computer completely reboots, check if Devices and Printers not loading issue on Windows 10 still occurs.

After following the solutions mentioned, you will successfully fix Devices and Printers not loading issue on Windows 10. Visit our TheDroidGuy Youtube Channel for more troubleshooting videos.

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