Devices And printers page is Blank

  catpwss 11:33 28 Mar 2013

Hi.I have a laptop running windows 7 home premium. Over the past few days something very strange has happened,When I open the Devices & printers page from the start method Its Blank nothing there I have a cordless mouse , And its connected to a home group. The strange thing about it when I want to print a document etc I select the print method and it shows my default printer and my wireless printer on the drop down menu but nothing shows up in the Devices & printers page. Have tried a system restore that didn't do anything.Also did a scannow with no joy.

Any help here please. Thanks.

  difarn 14:16 28 Mar 2013

Have you at any time deleted a user account? You may be interested in this article that offers some advice and possible solutions although these have now worked for some people.

  difarn 14:23 28 Mar 2013

Correction - should have read "not worked....." instead of "now".

  catpwss 14:34 28 Mar 2013

Thanks for reply I'm the only user.have not deleted anything. Very strange.

I did see this upon googleing it was to copy and paste into command prompt. I did that and all the printers were there,But on the top it said Control panel > All Control Panel Items > Printers. But closed that page and went to see in the page where they should be but nothing there.

This is what I pasted into command prompt start shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}\0\::{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}


  difarn 21:06 28 Mar 2013

Some advice from Microsoft support is

Open Task manager. Go to Services TAB. In the long list of services look for BthServ Right Click on it and Start Service. If you want this setting to become permanent, then you need to Click on the Small Services Button in the task manager below the listed services. A new window called services will open up. Click Extended at the base tab. Look for Bluetooth Support Service. Right click on it and properties. Change Startup type to Automatic. Then Click Start Apply and ok.

Worth a try

  catpwss 21:24 28 Mar 2013

difarn. Many thanks for that bit of gen,I gave it a go but sorry to say no luck. Thank for the help.

  catpwss 13:44 29 Mar 2013

difarn.Hi another day another dollar.Well here we go again,I gave up I got a mate that runs a pc shop with his father asked him this morning and we decided to do a clean install as the laptop is over 3year old. Going to be done on tuesday. I want to thankyou for the help you provided. thanks.

  difarn 18:59 29 Mar 2013

It is amazing how many people are having the same problem - the majority of whom have had to resort to doing what you are about to do. Sorry couldn't have been of more help but I have drawn a blank. Hope it works.

  catpwss 13:23 06 Apr 2013

difarn. Thought that I would get back to you with my problem,Got the windows re installed now have a fresh windows 7 laptop. Working well.

many thanks for you advice earlier on.

  difarn 21:59 06 Apr 2013

Thanks for coming back and glad that it is now sorted.

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