One may come across "Windows cannot locate a suitable printer driver" while trying to add a printer that is already connected. This error can occur because of two reasons. It can either happen because the right permissions were not shared with the printer. The other reason that can lead to this problem is the printer driver.
Below are some troubleshooting techniques that you can try to fix the problem of Windows can't locate a suitable printer driver. This can ensure that you can find your network printer using a remote computer system.
This form of computer needs to be configured if your printer is set up initially.
Step 1: First of all, you need to open the Run prompt. For this, you need to press the Windows and R keys simultaneously and then enter Control Panel. After that, press Enter.
Step 2: Then, go to Devices and Printers.
Step 3: Start looking for the printer that you need to share. After that, right-click on that printer and then choose Printer Properties.
Step 4: Change to the Sharing tab and then tick the box that says, "Render print jobs on client computers" and "Share this Printer".
Step 5: Then, you must go to the Security and ensure that the user with the "EVERYONE" name is available.
Step 6: Select it and then tick the box. After that, enable Permissions.
Step 7: This is going to ensure that a person who can see a shared printer can use it to print.
Whenever you connect to a wireless network, the mode is set to public by default. It ensures that your computer as well as other items you shared are hidden. Now, that we are discussing a network that is non-public, you must ensure that the profile is set to Wi-Fi. This is particularly useful if you are using a non-wifi printer to share through a computer.
Step 1: Go to your Taskbar and then click on the Network icon. After that, select Properties.
Step 2: After that, you need to change the network profile from Public to Private.
Step 3: Then, you need to go to Settings. and then choose Network and Internet. After that, click on Sharing Options.
Step 4: Open printer and file sharing to Enable turn on network discovery.
This will ensure that your printer is shared using a laptop or desktop and it is now discoverable.
Another solution that you can apply to fix this error is to update the printer driver. This thing needs to be done in a remote location. When you start printing, the PC will start searching for an installed driver to provide you with basic features like good print quality.
Step 1: First of all, go to the Power menu and then press the Windows key and X key simultaneously. After that, select Device Manager.
Step 2: Now, you are available with two options. You can either uninstall the device for re-adding the printer or you can update the driver.
Step 3: If you select the option of Update the driver, then don't forget to check the driver's compatibility with Windows 10.
Step 4: If you remove the driver and then it add it again, then you must configure the Sharing Permission one more time.
When you remove a present driver of your printer device, you must remove the driver software as well. After that, go to the Device Manager and then select Printer properties. Then, move to the Drivers tab and when its time to uninstall the printer driver, select the option of Remove printer driver or software.