My printers have all disappeared from the Control Panel,
Printers & Faxes
This is why I seem to have the nickname of the Printer Wizard
from a few friends of mine! I can magically make your printers disappear
and re-appear? No, I'm no magician! This is generally caused by the
Print Spooler not being started - or having stopped for one reason or another!
Bring up a Command Prompt. You may remember it being
called a DOS prompt, way back in the days of WIndows95 and 98. We can't
really call it a DOS prompt now, since DOS hasn't really been present in Windows
since Windows ME was released, but it does look similar!
You can't find Command Prompt? It's in Start, Program
Files, Accessories. It brings up a windows of its own.
Type: net start spooler
(and remember to hit enter!)
Go back and look in the Control Panel, under Printers &
Faxes. They should have re-appeared now!