Full Fix: Printer is slow to start printing on Windows 10, 8.1, 7

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We print various documents all the time, but some users reported that their printer is slow to start printing. This can be quite an annoying issue and slow down your workflow, so let’s see how we can solve this problem.

There are many printing problems that you can encounter, and speaking of printing issues, these are some of the common issues that users reported:

  • HP printer long delay before printing, slow to start printing, printing very slow – Many users reported this issue with their HP printer. If this happens, be sure to reinstall and update your drivers and check if that helps. Bear in mind that this issue can affect almost any printer brand and not just HP.
  • Long delay before printing starts – This issue can be related to print spooler. Simply restart this service and remove print spooler files and the problem should be resolved.
  • Printer printing slow over network – This problem can sometimes occur if you’re using a network printer. To fix the problem, be sure to change the printer’s IP address and check if that helps.
  • Printer is slow to respond, printing PDF – Sometimes certain glitches can appear with your printer, and in order to fix them you need to restart your printer and disconnect it.

Printer is slow to start printing, how to fix it?


  1. Reinstall the printer driver
  2. Update your printer driver
  3. Assign a new IP address to your printer
  4. Set the printer pointing to the port
  5. Stop the Print Spooler service and clear the printers directory
  6. Remove the WSD port and switch to the TCP/IP
  7. Change the printing settings in Word
  8. Disconnect your printer

Solution 1 – Reinstall the printer driver

According to users, if the printer is slow to start printing, it’s possible that your printer driver is the problem. Sometimes the driver can get corrupted, and in order to fix it, it’s advised to reinstall it. This is quite simple to do, and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Open Device Manager. The fastest way to do that is to right-click the Start Button and choose Device Manager from the menu.
    device manager printer is slow to print
  2. Locate your printer, right-click it and choose Uninstall device from the menu.
    uninstall device printer is slow
  3. When the confirmation dialog appears, check Remove driver software for this device, if available, and click the Uninstall button.
    printer is slow uninstall
  4. After you successfully remove the driver, click Scan for hardware changes icon.
    scan for hardware changes slow printer
  5. Windows will now try to install the default driver for your printer.

If Windows manages to find the suitable driver for your printer, check if the problem is still there. If the driver isn’t found, you’ll have to manually install it. To see how to do that, check the following solution.


Solution 2 – Update your printer driver

If your printer is slow to start printing, the problem might be your driver. Sometimes your driver might be corrupted or out of date, and that can lead to this and many other problems. However, you can easily fix the problem by updating your printer driver.

The easiest way to do that is to visit your printer manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your model. In order to do so, you’ll need to know the model of your printer and where exactly to look the driver for.

If this process seems a bit complicated to you, you can always use third-party tools such as TweakBit Driver Updater to automatically update all outdated drivers with just a couple of clicks.

Here is a quick guide on how to use this automated tool:

    1. Download and install TweakBit Driver Updaterdriver updater starting window
    2. Once installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check your installed driver versions against its cloud database of the latest versions and recommend proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.
      Automatically update drivers with TweakBit Driver Updater
    3. Upon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update driver’ link next to the driver name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.
      drivers updated with automated tool from TweakBit
      Note
      : Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the ‘Update’ button several times until all of its components are installed.

Disclaimer: some features of this tool are not free.

Once your printer driver is up to date, the problem should be completely resolved and everything should start working again.


Solution 3 – Assign a new IP address to your printer

If you’re using a network printer, sometimes your printer is slow to start printing due to its IP address. Apparently, there can be an issue with your IP address that can lead to this problem. To fix it, you need to assign a new IP address to your network printer and the problem should be resolved.

This can be a slightly advanced procedure, so if you don’t know how to do it properly, we suggest that you look for an online guide. Once you change the IP address of your printer, the problem will be permanently resolved. Keep in mind that this solution works only for network printers, so if you’re not using your printer as a network device, then this solution doesn’t apply to you.


Solution 4 – Set the printer pointing to the port

This solution is intended for network printers, so if you’re not sharing your printer with a local network, this solution won’t apply to you. Basically, if your printer is slow to start printing, the issue might be because your printer is mapped across the server.

To fix that, you just need to add a printer as a local printer and point it to the port and the issue should be resolved. This might be a bit advanced solution, and if you don’t know how to perform it, contact your network administrator.


Solution 5 – Stop the Print Spooler service and clear the printers directory

If your printer is slow to start printing, the issue might be related to Print Spooler service. According to users, there might be some files in the printers directory that can interfere with the printing process. To fix the problem, you need to delete those files by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter services.msc. Now press Enter or click OK.
    services.msc printer is slow
  2. Locate Print Spooler service, right-click it and choose Stop from the menu.
  3. Minimize the Services window. Open File Explorer and go to the C:WindowsSystem32spoolPRINTERS directory. If you can’t find this directory, just paste its location in the address bar and press Enter.
  4. Delete all files from the Printers directory.
  5. Go back to the Services window, locate Print Spooler service, right-click it and choose Start from the menu.

After doing that, check if the printing problem is still there.


Solution 6 – Remove the WSD port and switch to the TCP/IP

Sometimes your printer is slow to start printing because it’s using WSD port. Bear in mind that this issue only affects network printers, so if your printer isn’t shared with the network, then this solution won’t work with you.

If you’re using a network printer, remove the WSD port and switch to the TCP/IP and the problem should be resolved. This is an advanced solution, so if you don’t know how to do it properly, be sure to read a guide online.


Solution 7 – Change the printing settings in Word

If this problem occurs in Word, the issue might be related to one of your settings. According to users, certain settings can cause this problem, and in order to fix it, you just need to do the following:

  1. Open Word.
  2. Go to the Options > Advanced > Printing.
  3. Now locate Background print checkbox and disable it.

After doing that, save changes and check if the problem is resolved.


Solution 8 – Disconnect your printer

According to users, if the printer is slow to start printing, the issue might be related to certain printer glitches. To fix the problem, users are advising to disconnect your printer entirely. To do that, just unplug the power cable while the printer is still on.

Now disconnect the USB cable and wait for a few minutes. Now press and hold the Power button for about 30 seconds or more to remove any additional charge. Connect the printer to your PC once again, and power it on.

Once your printer powers up, check if the problem is still there. This is a generic solution, but if you have any glitches with your printer, it might help you out, so feel free to try it.

Printer problems can seriously impact your work, and if your printer is slow to start printing, the issue is probably related to your drivers, so reinstall them or update them. If that doesn’t help, be sure to try all other solutions from this article.

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