Printer error 0x00000705 is a common error that can occur on Windows computers when trying to set a default printer or change printer settings. This error is typically associated with issues related to printer permissions or conflicts with the Windows print spooler service.
When the error occurs, you might see a message similar to “Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000705). Access is denied.”
To troubleshoot and resolve the printer error 0x00000705, follow these steps:
Run Printer Troubleshooter:
Windows includes a built-in printer troubleshooter that can automatically detect and fix common printing problems. Run the troubleshooter to see if it can resolve the error.
To access the troubleshooter, go to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Additional troubleshooters > Printer > Run the troubleshooter.
Check Printer Permissions:
Ensure that you have the necessary permissions to manage printers on your computer. You might need administrative rights to set a default printer or make changes to printer settings.
To check your user permissions, go to Settings > Accounts > Family & other users (or Other users) and verify that your account has administrative privileges.
Restart Printer and Computer:
Turn off your printer and computer. Wait for a few seconds, then turn them back on. This can clear any temporary glitches that might be causing the error.
Clear Print Spooler:
Clearing the print spooler can often resolve print queue issues. Here’s how to do it:
a. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
b. Type “services.msc” and press Enter to open the Services window.
c. In the Services window, locate the “Print Spooler” service.
d. Right-click on “Print Spooler” and select “Stop.”
e. Once the service has stopped, open File Explorer and navigate to “C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS” (you may need administrator privileges to access this folder).
f. Delete all the files in the “PRINTERS” folder.
g. Go back to the Services window, right-click on “Print Spooler,” and select “Start.”
h. Try setting the default printer or making changes to printer settings again.
Reinstall Printer Drivers:
If you suspect driver corruption, consider uninstalling and reinstalling the printer drivers.
Open the “Devices and Printers” window (you can search for it in the Start menu).
Right-click on your printer and select “Remove Device.”
Download the latest drivers from the printer manufacturer’s website and follow the installation instructions.
If the error persists after trying the above steps, there may be other underlying issues, such as more complex printer permission conflicts or driver problems. In such cases, consider reaching out to the printer manufacturer’s support or a qualified technician for further assistance.