Fixed: The Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable Printer Error

The Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable Printer error is a headache when you have an important document to print. Many consider it as a printer problem, but it ends up being a difficult issue. The error occurs in Windows operating system that utilizes the network options like WIFI, LAN port, and more. There are several reasons behind one error, and we are going to list all available solution for the recognized faults.

Precaution: Create Restore Point

Industry people would never suggest you create a restore point because they want to sell the services and products. However, we are going to make changes to the computer, and a restore point would help you avoid complications.

Step 1: Open search bar and type “restore point” and click on the first result.

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Step 2: The first result is “create a restore point” and click on “create” to begin the process.

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Step 3: In the next pop up, you can add details like date, time, and status of the restore point.

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Step 4: A new restore point created in a few minutes.

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Step 5: Wait until you hear a beep and it indicates that the restore point successfully created.

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Click on close button to end the process, and you can restore your computer at any point.

1.  Make Use of Troubleshooter

Microsoft added troubleshoot option to the Windows 8 and Windows 10 that lets the operating system to check for problems. In short, the OS comes with an inbuilt tool to test the hardware, drivers, and connection between them. The troubleshooter identifies the problems, and then it fixes minor issues automatically. In case, if the problem is major, then you can visit the suggested site for more information.

Allow us to show you how you can select the right to troubleshoot option to solve the problem.

Step 1: Go to settings.

Step 2: Now, click on “update & security” and locate troubleshooter.

Step 3: Scroll down until you find the “Printer” and click to open “troubleshoot.”

Step 4: The tool begins to scan for bad drivers, services, hardware, added hardware, printer issues, connection, and more.

Step 5: In my case, it took more than five minutes to complete the process. The troubleshooter offers several solutions, and you can select any one of solutions.

Sometimes you may encounter unknown issues that troubleshoot cannot detect it.

2, Make use of SFC Tool

We assume that your computer has corrupted system files and the printer related files & drivers might be corrupted. You don’t realize that the computer has corrupted files until we utilize them. However, the Microsoft added SFC tool to help you fix the system files without spending a buck on tech support.

We can resolve the issue by running a couple of command lines, and it would take only a couple of minutes to do it.

Step 1: In the Windows search bar, type “command prompt” and run the CMD as administrator.

Step 2: Copy and paste or type “sfc /scannow” and hit enter.

Step 3: The service begins to scan the files for corruption and inaccessible.

Step 4: The tool takes more than ten minutes to complete the process, so be patient until the task completes.

You can monitor the progress, and it takes plenty of time to finish the task. Do not unplug the power cord and make sure to be patient until the problem resolves. Restart your computer after the SFC process completes.

3. Use Restarting Print Spooler Service

The component that enables connection between printer and Windows is “Spooler Service.” I believe that it’s a simple issue, and you can solve it by restarting the service manually.

Step 1: Press Windows key + S and type “RUN” and select the first result.

Step 2: Now, type “service.MSC” and click on “OKAY” to start the service.

Step 3: A window appears on your screen, and you have to scroll down until the “Print Spooler” shows up on your screen.

Step 4: Right-mouse click to view more options and click on “restart” to fix the issue.

Step 5: After the service restarted, then restart the computer to take the changes effect.

The Print Spooler service creates a connection between the printer and computer.

5. Change The Permissions

Printer subjected to privacy and Windows set the defaults to the permission access. By mistake, if the configuration changes, then we have issues accessing it. Even one change in the configuration considered as custom settings, and you have the error “Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable Printer.”

Anyone can fix it by changing the permission or giving full control to the administrator. Keep in mind that Windows cannot protect your computer from custom configuration.

Step 1: In the search bar, type “regedit’ to open registry.

Step 2: A window shows up on your screen with many folders in it.

Step 3: Now, you to locate “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion.” Select the second option (HKEY_CURRENT_USER) and click on it to view more folders and then click on software.

Step 4: Scroll down until you find “Microsoft” folder to view more folders.

Step 5: Scroll down until you find “Windows NT” and click on “Current Version” to view more options.

Step 6: Make sure to scroll down until you find “Windows” and right-click the mouse to view “permissions.”

Step 7: A small window pops up on your screen and select “full control” & “read” and then click on “Apply” & “Ok.

Now, restart your a computer to make changes.

The Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable Printer error fixes by following the simple solutions.


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