Because several readers reveal their computer responding slowly, I am submitting a summary checklist of basic things you can do to resolve the Printer Driver Failed Error 126problem, and briefly discussing the three most frequent causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and lack of care.
Perhaps the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware. Usually this is associated with downloading a software that contains spyware, by not having browser security options large enough, by carelessly downloading P2P files, or by failing to install security sections regularly.
Step 1. Update the definitions of your anti-virus and operate a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Resolve any unfixable problems. Note that some viruses require additional steps before they could be removed; generally a websearch will locate specific directions or a particular removal tool. Use the BC forums to obtain help, if you cannot find a solution.
Step Two. If the slowness is unanticipated, and you’ve recently downloaded an application, the problem may live there. Check this by totally eliminating it. A user will usually perform a websearch about the application before getting because in most cases, any potential difficulty with malware or inferior performance will have surfaced.
Action three. Adware and Spyware can radically impact your personal computer’s functionality, and these are all over the Internet.
Revise the definitions of your antispyware programs and check your hard drives in Safe Mode. Experienced users will consistently operate 2 or 3 of the applications, because each business has its own standards for what constitutes spyware and will only search against their own set. (A listing of very great, free anti-spyware applications is given by BC). Again, resolve any open issues before proceeding to the next step.
For further reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have quite great Help documents that explain how they work as well as the special characteristics of each.
Step 4. Review programs that self-launching on startup. You pc can become a arena for your attention. Many programs, for instance, install a rapid-launch feature which enables them to be exposed rapidly; other programs may include an automatic update feature that requires them to be working in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a little bit of assets while your computer is running.
The simplest way to review and than to manage startups would be to use one of many little resources available (see the Bc list of free applications). You may use its startup tool that lists startups and enables you to show off any you usually do not want, if, for instance, you have Spybot Search and Destroy. Remember that Bc maintains a very comprehensive Startup Database that includes information about whether the item is needed, optional, or unnecessary, if you are unsure about what can be safely removed.
At-the same time, remember that all those icons on your Desktop also take a modest number of boot time to place themselves.
Lack of Care
Stage 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Stage 7). Delete unused applications and transfer old files to your CD. Unplayed games, lots of family images, zipped files which you have previously opened, applications you have not used in two years, software for that old printer you put away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete. Then use Window’s Disk Clean-up to remove temporary internet files, temporary PC health files, etc.
(Note for higher level users: some experts would contain the added maintenance stage of cleaning up the Windows registry, and there are plenty of applications to assist try this. For the most part, registry maintenance will not make a major difference, and unless you are quite comfy with Windows, and cautiously make copies of-the registry, you may do severe damage by making registry modifications, so this measure isn’t contained
Stage 6. Have it mend Printer Driver Failed Error 126.
Stage 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows tends to set new documents in any available open space; defragging will set related segments of files closer together therefore your read arm has less going around the hdd to do, saving wear-and tear while racing up applications.
Hopefully, since you have have ended, you will see a marked improvement in computer functionality.