How to Troubleshoot the ‘Printer not Activated Error Code -30’ on Windows 10

The error message “Printer not activated error code -30” in Windows 10 can prevent you from printing on the real and virtual PDF printer on your computer. Here are the methods to solve this problem.

The most common reasons for the “Printer not activated error code -30” message in Windows 10 are that the user account does not have permission to print a file, the default printer is not installed, and the drivers are outdated or corrupt.

This error message can also occur when trying to print to a PDF printer, but in that case, the error code is probably “Printer not activated error code -30”.

What causes the “Printer not enabled error code -30”?

As mentioned earlier, the error occurs when you try to print a document (usually a PDF file) on your system. This can be caused by the following reasons.

You do not have full or elevated privileges on your account: If you are using a Windows user account that does not have full privileges or does not allow you to perform certain administrative tasks, you may get this error for this reason. This error may be caused by a Windows user account without administrative privileges.

Printer drivers not working properly: if the printer you are using on your computer does not have the correct drivers, you are likely to get this error and not be able to print anything. If the drivers are corrupt or incompatible with the printer you are using, it means that you are getting this error because of a faulty driver.

Print device not set as default: If the printer you want to print something on is not set as the default device, you will probably get this error. If you have multiple printers configured on your device and the printer you want to print to is not set as the default printer in Windows, you will get this error.

Outdated Windows 10: If you have a newer, newer model printing device and your Windows 10 hasn’t been updated in a while, Windows probably can’t properly configure the printer because the drivers aren’t available on your system. Windows updates also usually install the latest drivers for various devices that are new and recently released. Thus, outdated Windows 10 may also be the cause of this problem.

Below are a few solutions that you can try to fix this problem in Windows 10. Since the solutions depend on the cause of the problem, not all the solutions listed here can solve your error, but you can try all of them and hope that your problem will be solved.

How to resolve “Printer not activated error code -30”?

Install the latest Windows updates

  1. Press the Windows + I keys to open the Settings app.
  2. Go to the “Update and security” section.
  3. Click the Check for Updates button.

If updates are available, they will automatically download in the background. After installing the updates, check to see if the problem persists.

Run the printer troubleshooter

  1. Press the Windows + I keys to open the Settings application.
  2. Go to the Update and Security section.
  3. In the left pane, select Troubleshooting.
  4. Select Printer, and then click Run Troubleshooting.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete troubleshooting.

Depending on the user, error code -30 Printer Not Enabled may appear due to various system errors. If you are experiencing this error, you can resolve it simply by running the printer troubleshooter. Windows has several troubleshooters that you can use to solve the most common printer problems.

Make sure that your printer is set as the default printer

  1. Press the Windows + I keys to open the Settings application.
  2. Go to Devices.
  3. Select Printers and scanners.
  4. Select your printer and click Manage.
  5. Click the Set Default button.

Using the PDF print feature

  1. Open the document you want to print as a PDF file.
  2. Locate and open the “Print” dialog box in your application (it may vary depending on the application you are using).
  3. As a general rule, go to “File” and select “Print”.
  4. Select Microsoft Print to PDF in the Select Printer box.
  5. Click the Print or OK button.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Make sure that your printer drivers are up to date.
  2. Uninstall the printer software.
  3. Select the printer manually.
  4. Use the PDF print function.
  5. Reinstall the printer drivers and make changes to the registry.
  6. Change the security permissions of the application.
  7. Install the latest updates.

On the client computer, open Devices and Printers by pressing the Windows key and go to Control Panel, then Devices and Printers. Right-click the printer you want to manually activate and select Printer Properties. Under Advanced and Drivers, write down the name of the printer driver.

If the printer status says "Printer in Error," there may be a problem with the printer itself. Make sure the printer is turned on and connected to your computer via Wi-Fi or cable. Check for missing paper or ink, make sure the cover is not open and there are no paper jams.

  1. Go to the Control Panel.
  2. Click on "Hardware and Sound."
  3. Click on "Device Manager" to display all the devices connected to your computer - find the "Printers" drop-down menu, which contains all the relevant printers.
  4. Right-click on the printer whose drivers you want to update, and click "Update Drivers".

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