Fix Unable to install Printer Operation could not be completed

Windows Printer installation Fail with error “Unable to install Printer Operation could not be completed” ? Users Report Specially After Widnows 10 fall creators upgrade Printer Installation fail with Error 0x000003eb Unable to install printer Operation could not be completed. 

There are several causes to this problem, Such As corrupted printer driver, Print spooler Service. And sometimes people are not allowed to install printer due to some damaged system files or registry keys.

Fix Printer Installation Error 0x000003eb

If you Are also Getting Printer Installation Error 0x000003eb Unable to install Printer. Operation could not be completed Here Apply bellow Solutions To get rid of this.

Check Windows Installer Service Running

You Are getting this error while install a new printer, so make sure the Windows installer Service is running, If its Running then Restart the Service.

open Windows Services by press Win + R, Type Services.msc and hit enter key. Now scroll down look for windows installer Service, if its running then simply right click on it and select Restart. If the service not started then double click on it change the startup type automatic and start the service next to service status as shown bellow image.

check windows installer service
check windows installer service

Start Print Spooler service

Again If due to any Reason The print Spooler service stopped or Stuck, this will cause printer installation or configuration Error. Specially while windows upgrade process. We recommend Check and Start the print spooler from Windows service.

Press win + R, Type Servcies.msc and hit enter. Scroll down and look for  print spooler service if its running then restart it by right click and Select Restart. Or if not running the service then double click on it change the startup type automatic and start the service next to service status.




After check both services Restart windows and try to install and configure printer on next login. If still having issue printer installation failed with “Unable to install Printer. Operation could not be completed” fallow next solution.

Tweak Registry And Delete Printer Keys  

There may be the driver conflicting causing the issue. In that cause Delete the printer keys on Windows registry editor to resolve this issue. Note : Before make any changes we recommend to backup Windows registry.

Now First Stop the Print Spooler Service. You can do this by press win + R, Type Services.msc and hit enter key. Now scroll down look for Print spooler Servcie. right click on it and select Stop.

Now Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\Spool\Printers and delete all data inside the printer folder. Again open fallowing path C:\Windows\System32\Spool\Drivers\w32x86 and delete all date inside the folder.

Tweak Registry 

Open Windows Registry Editor by Press Win+R Type regedit and click OK button. Then Locate the following registry key according to the system that your PC is running.

For 32-bit operating system:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Drivers\Version-x

For 64-bit operating system:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows x64\Drivers\Version-x 

Note : x will be a different number in different PC. In my case, it is version-3 and version-4.

Delete Printer Keys
Delete Printer Keys

Then Select the folder Version-x and you will see all printer registry entries in right pane. Right-click on version-x and select Delete. Do the same with all version keys. That’s All Again open Windows services and start the print spooler service. Then Restart windows to take changes effect.

After that Visit Printer Manufacturer website and download the latest available printer driver. and try to re-install the printer hope this time you will get succeed.




These are the most working solutions to fix Printer Installation Error 0x000003eb Unable to install Printer Operation could not be completed. I hope after apply above solutions your problem will get resolved. face any difficulty while apply these solutions feel free to discuss on comments bellow. Also Read Fix Error 0x80004005 Developer Mode Package Failed to install.

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