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Devices and Printers not populating in Windows 7

I discovered something interesting today…which I’m sure most of you figured out by now, but it’s new news to me. My laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate was taking forever to load the printers and devices screen, and eventually after what seemed like 30+ minutes, it would show nothing, but Windows 7 wouldn’t throw an error or message. It was in fact proud to display nothing, even though I know damn well there are printers loaded! What was the cause of this? If you can believe it, the Bluetooth Support Service. I’m a fairly logical person, and for some reason a bluetooth support service managing printers is a little unusual, but who am I to judge? I had the service manually disabled as part of my service trimming following a clean install. Right click, choose properties and enable the service, then start it and reload your Devices and Printers screen to see and control your printers. Unfortunately, this is one service that has to stay enabled and running in order to manage your printers. Hope this helps someone.

Eric Oszakiewski

Eric Oszakiewski is a professional software developer based in Scottsdale, AZ with over 37 years of IT experience, and 19 years Native American Gaming experience. He is currently working as a .Net/SharePoint Development Lead for General Motors.

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