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Keeps telling me the printer isn't communicating with computer

I have tried everything nothing is working. I cant print, scan or nothing. notice comes up that unable for the printer to communicate.
what can be done to fix this. I mean I tried everything. help

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Before I can help you I need the model and manufacturer of the printer you are having problems with. Also what operating system you are using?

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Is it possible to test the printer in another computer to rule out the possibility that the printer is faulty ? I would also like to know what is the model of the printer /printers.

There are few things I would try to fix this problem,
on the computer where the print spooler won't start in command prompt
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Unplug all usb devices and boot computer to safe mode.

Go to Device manager, in the view Tab Select the Show Hidden Devices Option

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Reboot computer to normal windows, it will automatically reinstall the usb controllers.
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Select Server Properties
Open Drivers Tab and remove all drivers
Install your printer software and now plug your printer.
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Click New Driver
Choose Generic Manufacturer and on the right select Generic / Text Only
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First, you'll need to install the software and driver for this printer:
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