How to Troubleshoot: Network Printer Error 0x00000bcb

If you see a Windows cannot connect to the printer, the operation failed with error 0x00000bcb when connecting to a network printer, here are some suggestions on how to fix the problem. This error message can appear regardless of the type of printer installed on networked computers.

What causes error 0x00000bcb Network Printer Error?

Faulty printer spooler service: This problem can also occur if the printer spooler service is faulty and can no longer support printing. If this scenario applies, you can solve the problem by restarting the print spooler service from the Services screen.

Entering data from the wrong printer: As some users have confirmed, this problem can also occur due to an inconsistent printer connection. Several users who encountered the same problem were able to restore print functions by reinstalling all printer connections through Device Manager.

Printer queue is broken: In some situations, this problem may be caused by an interruption when the spooling service is preparing to send a file to the printer. In this case, the problem may be caused by various dependencies involved in the print job. In this case, the easiest way to solve the problem is to run the printer’s troubleshooter.

Access control problems: It turns out that this particular error may also be due to a problem with the operating system recognizing the Print Spooler service access control list. In this case, the problem can be solved using the cacls.exe utility at the extended CMD prompt.

How to repair the network printer error 0x00000bcb?

Reinstalling the printer ports

Reinstalling printer ports and their drivers is a proven solution to error 0x00000bcb that can eliminate driver conflicts.

  1. Type devmgmt.msc in the Run menu and click OK.
  2. Double-click Print Queues to expand this category.
  3. Right-click on all installed printer drivers listed and select Uninstall Device from the pop-up menu.
  4. After uninstalling the listed printer drivers, expand the Universal Serial Bus Controllers category.
  5. Right-click each printer port in the list and select Uninstall Device.
  6. Then reboot the desktop or laptop computer.
  7. Windows should install generic printer drivers when the system boots.

Restarting the printer spooler

  1. Open the Windows “Run” utility.
  2. Then type services.msc in the Open text box. Click OK to open the Services window.
  3. Double-click the Print Spooler service to open its properties window.
  4. Select Automatic Start from the drop-down menu.
  5. Click the Stop option.
  6. Wait a minute or two, then click Start to restart Print Spooler.
  7. Click on the Apply option.
  8. Click the OK button to close the window.

Launch the printer troubleshooter

  1. Press the Windows + S key combination.
  2. In the window that opens, type Troubleshooting here in the search box.
  3. Select Troubleshooting Settings to open Settings.
  4. Select Printer and click Run Troubleshooter to open the window.
  5. Select the printer for which you want to fix the error, and then click Next.
  6. Click Apply this fix when the troubleshooter offers a possible solution to error 0x00000bcb.

Restore the print spooler

  1. Type cmd in Run.
  2. Then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter, which will open an expanded command line window.
  3. Type cdWindowsSystem32spool at the command prompt and press Enter.
  4. Enter the following command at the command prompt window: cacls.exe PRINTERS /E /G administrator:C
  5. After entering this command, press Enter.
  6. Then close the command line.
  7. On the Start menu, click Restart.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Run the printer troubleshooter.
  2. Restart the printer driver.
  3. Check the printer drivers.
  4. Add a local printer.
  5. Change the LAN Manager authentication level.

  1. In the Devices and Printers window, click Add Printer.
  2. In the Add Printer window, click the Add Local Printer option.
  3. Select the Create New Port option, and then select Standard TCP/IP Port from the drop-down menu.
  4. Enter the IP address of your printer.

  1. Make sure the printer is turned on and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your machine.
  2. Restart your printer.
  3. Set your printer as the default printer.
  4. Clear the print queue.
  5. Reset the service that manages the print queue.

Make sure the printer is turned on or plugged in. Connect the printer to a computer or other device. Check for toner and paper, and check the printer queue. If this happens, reconnect the machine to the network, reconfigure security settings to enable printers, and/or install updated drivers.