After upgrading to windows 10 Verison 21H2 Some users report Failing to manage to print a Word document so they went into the control panel, devices and printers and when selecting this it hangs. And for some other users report Devices and Printers not Loading since upgrading the pc to the latest Windows 10 November 2021 update. Nothing wrong with the printer or printer drivers as it has worked under Windows 10. There is the various reason that can cause the issue it may be corrupted system files, or the installed printer driver is not compatible with the latest windows version. User profile corrupted, or may any printer-related service ( Print spooler ) stuck, not running, etc.
Fix devices and printers slow to load windows 10
If you’re currently struggling with this particular issue, Here are some Solutions you may apply to get rid of this. First of all, Unplug the printer and external devices check if you can access the devices and printer’s window. If it works, then plug in one device at a time and check which device is causing the problem.
Run the printer troubleshooter.
Run Printer troubleshooter and let windows diagnose the exact issue itself. To Run, the Printer troubleshooter clicks on the start menu search type troubleshooting and hits the enter key. Here click on the printer and run the troubleshooter as shown image below.
This Printer troubleshooter will check if:
- You have the latest Printer drivers, and fix and or update them
- If you have connectivity issues
- If the Print Spooler and required Services are running fine
- Any other Printer related issues.
After complete, the troubleshooting process restart windows and check everything working fine printer prints documents as before and opens Devices and Printers without any stuck.
Perform a clean boot
Start windows into clean boot state check and make sure any third-party application not causing the issue ( printer not working, Devices and Printers not Loading ). Here follow Steps below to perform a clean boot:
Press Windows + R, type msconfig, and Click ok To open the system configuration window. Here On the General tab, click Selective Startup. And Under Selective Startup, click to clear the Load Startup Items check box.
Then move to the Services tab, click to select the Hide All Microsoft Services check box, and then click Disable All. Click OK And When you are prompted, click Restart. Now on next login open Devices and printers check it opens properly If yes then may any third-party application causing the issue and you have to find out the problematic application.
Run SFC scan
The System File Checker (SFC) scan will make Windows replace corrupt or missing system files on your computer. Run the system file checker utility to check and make sure corrupted, missing system files not causing the issue.
To run the SFC utility Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and select Run as Administrator. Click Continue or supply Administrator credentials if prompted. Now In the Command Prompt window type SFC/scannow and press Enter. This will start the scanning process for missing corrupted system files, If found any the utility will restore them from %WinDir%\System32\dllcache wait until 100% complete the scanning process after that restart windows and check If the issue was caused by a corrupted system file, you should be able to open the Devices and Printers window without issues.
Also if SFC scan results found corrupted system files but are unable to repair some of them Then run the DISM command which repairs the system image and allows SFC to do its job.
Check Bluetooth Support and Print Spooler Service Running
If applying the above solutions didn’t fix the problem, Still Devices and Printers not Loading or the printer not working properly Then open Windows Services And check Bluetooth Support service or the Print Spooler service Are in running state.
- Press Windows key + R to open a Run window. Then, type “services.msc” and hit Enter to open up the Services screen.
- In the Services window, scroll down through the list of Services (Local), right-click on Print Spooler, and choose Properties.
- In the Print Spooler Properties screen, go to the General tab and set the Startup type to Automatic. Then, hit Appy to save the changes.
Next, return to the services list and right-click on Bluetooth Support Service, and choose Properties. Then, go to the General tab and set its Startup Type to Automatic. Also, ensure that the following device-related Services have the following Startup types:
- Device Management Enrollment Service – Manual
- Device Association Service – Manual (Trigger Start)
- Device Install Service – Manual (Trigger Start)
- Device Setup Manager – Manual (Trigger Start)
- DevQuery Background Discovery Broker – Manual (Trigger Start).
Restart your computer and see if the issue has been resolved by opening the Devices and Printers folder.
Register the IE8 DLL
Also, Some users suggest on ( Microsoft forum, Reddit ) Register the IE8 Dll helps them to resolve the issue “blank Devices and Printers folder ” Try this solution it may help you also. Open command prompt as administrator, Type regsvr32 “%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\ieproxy.dll” And Press Enter key to execute the command. you should see a confirmation window “registration is successful”. Close Everything and restart windows, on the next start check the Devices and Printer’s windows not causing any issue.
Reinstall the printer driver
If applying the above solutions didn’t fix the problem, I recommend you uninstall and reinstall the printer driver from the printer manufacturer’s website and check. Follow the steps:
- Press Windows key + R.
- Type devmgmt.msc in the box and hit Enter.
- Go to Printer queues and uninstall the driver.
Then visit the Printer manufacturer’s website to download and install the latest printer driver. Restart windows and check this resolves the issue.
Did these solutions help to resolve the problem “Devices and Printers not Loading on Windows 10 Version 21H2” let us know which option worked for you? Still, have any query, suggestions about this post feel free to discuss them in the comments below. Also, Read Windows cannot initialize the device driver for this hardware (Code 37)