Printer Driver Troubleshooting: `Error 0x80070705` (Unknown Printer driver)

I’m Sergeant Dusty, and I’m here today to talk about a pesky little problem that plagues all printer drivers–error 0x80070705. As the name implies, this error is a printer driver error that occurs when a printer driver cannot communicate with a printing device.

You might have run into a problem where the Windows operating system has found an error when attempting to communicate with your printer (or whatever printer driver it is that you are using). This error is usually presented to the user as 0x80070705, and is usually accompanied by the printer’s name specified in hexadecimal code. You should look at the errors window (right-click the start button, then choose “Run…” from the menu, then select “devmgmt.msc” to open the Device Manager) and see if your printer’s name is listed under the “Printer…” heading. If it is not listed, you can click on it and add it manually. If it is listed, you will need to find

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You may get a “Unknown Printer Driver” error while attempting to migrate printers from an old server to a new server using Group Policy Preferences (GPP). This stops you from finishing the process. The following error code – 0x80070705 – may also appear. To fix the issue, you may utilize one of the techniques listed below.

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What causes the 0x80070705 printer driver error?


The Printer Spooler Service is trapped in limbo: Another situation that may create this issue is if the Printer Spooler Service, which is responsible for print log migration, is not closed or open. In this instance, restarting the Printer Spooler Service will resolve the issue.

Printer Spooler Logs Mismatch: If you’re having trouble migrating a printer log from one machine to another on your local network, run Printer Troubleshooter and implement the suggested repair.

Google Cloud Print has been deprecated: If you attempt to install or use Google Cloud Print and get this error, it’s because the service has been deprecated by Google and is no longer supported as of January 2021. You have no choice but to switch to another printing option in this situation.

How can I fix Error 0x80070705 in the Printer driver?


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Troubleshoot your printer using the Printer Troubleshooter.

  1. To launch the Run dialog box, use the “Windows Key + R” key combination.
  2. Type “ms-settings:troubleshoot” in the Run dialog box.
  3. Then press the OK button.
  4. Move to the right after selecting “Troubleshooting” on the left.
  5. Advanced Troubleshooting may be found here.
  6. Expand the Printer section and choose Run Troubleshooter from the drop-down menu.
  7. Allow a few moments for the scan to finish. If the issue is detected, you will be given the opportunity to “Apply this Fix.”
  8. To have the troubleshooter make the necessary adjustments, click this button.
  9. After you’ve completed the suggested repair, restart Windows 10.
  10. Check whether the issue has been fixed or if it still happens when you print by logging back into the device.

The printer driver must be updated.

  1. Select Device Manager by pressing Win + X.
  2. Right-click on the root of the print queue in the Print Queues section.
  3. From the pop-up menu, choose “Update driver.”
  4. Then choose “Automatically search for drivers” from the drop-down menu.
  5. Then, to finish the procedure, follow the directions on the screen.

The Printer Spooler services should be restarted.

  1. Select “Run” from the context menu when you right-click on the Windows logo.
  2. Click OK after typing “services.msc.”
  3. Locate the Print Spooler service in the Services pane by scrolling down.
  4. Select the – Properties option from the context menu by right-clicking on it.
  5. Select Automatic under Startup Type in the spooler settings window’s General tab.
  6. After that, press the Stop button.
  7. Before pressing the “Start” button, pause for a few moments. The Print Spooler service will be restarted as a result of this.
  8. Finally, restart your computer so that the modifications you made take effect when you log in the next time.

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Most Commonly Asked Questions




Frequently Asked Questions

How do I fix a printer driver error?

First, try restarting the printer. If that does not work, you can try uninstalling and reinstalling the printer driver.

How do I fix HP Printer Driver Error?

You can try to uninstall the HP printer software and reinstall it again. If this does not work, you may need to contact HP for further assistance.

Why cant my printer find drivers?

Your printer is unable to find the drivers for your operating system. This is due to a lack of compatibility between your computer and the printer.

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