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The printer doesn't respond when I send a job to print or multiple copies of the driver are listed in the Printers folder. What should I do?

Relates to

  • Printing does not complete
  • There is more than one copy of the Epson printer icon available to select
  • Operating System:
    • Windows 10
    • Windows 8/8.1
    • Windows 7
    • Windows Vista
    • Windows XP
    • Windows 2000

If there are multiple copies of the Epson printer driver in the Printers folder this indicates that a new copy of the printer driver has been added.

You may have found that printing with one driver is successful, but not with another copy of the driver. In this instance, you will need to set the most recent as the default printer and remove the earlier instance.

Notes Icon Note:

If you are using Windows XP and multiple instances of the printer driver appear due to Windows constantly redetecting the printer on start-up, there is an underlying issue with the operating system.

See the following related article for help: Windows XP redetects the printer on startup.


The most recent instance of the driver must be set as the default and any documents in the print queue will need to be cleared.

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If you are using the printer on a network, first check if the multiple instances of the printer driver are for other printers on the network.


Follow the guidance below to complete these checks:

  1. Open the Printers / Printers and Faxes / Devices and Printers folder.
  2. In the printers folder, set the most recent instance of the Epson printer driver as the default driver.

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    • The screenshot below shows two instances of the driver for the same printer model in the printers folder. As (Copy 1) is the most recent instance of the driver, it should be set as the default printer:

    1. Position the mouse cursor over the most recent copy of the driver.
    2. Right-click on the Epson printer icon.
    3. Left-click on Set as Default from the menu.
    • If there is another instance of the driver such as (Copy 2), this should be set as the default printer driver.
    • Always set the most recent instance as the default driver.

  3. Check for and cancel the document queue for each instance of the Epson printer driver.

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    1. Right-click on the Epson printer icon. A menu will appear.
      • If there are no documents in the queue, Cancel All Documents will not be listed. Move to Step 4.
      • If there are documents in the queue, Cancel All Documents will be listed. Move to Step 3b.
    2. Left-click on Cancel All Documents if listed in the menu for that driver.

    3. Click Yes when prompted "Are you sure you want to cancel all documents for 'Epson xxxx'?"
    4. Repeat this procedure for each instance of the Epson printer driver.
    5. Close the Printers / Printers and Faxes / Devices and Printers folder and restart the computer.
    6. Once restarted, open the Printers / Printers and Faxes / Devices and Printers folder.
    7. Check that the status of the default printer driver is Ready before moving on to Step 4.
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      You set the default driver in Step 2 - it is indicated by a tick icon either above or beside the default printer driver. The status is normally indicated under or beside the printer icon.


      See the following related articles if you require assistance:

  4. Print a Test Page.
  5. If there are no documents listed and the printer appears Ready to print, test the new default driver by printing a Test Page.
    1. Right-click on the default printer icon then left-click on Properties or Printer Properties (Windows 7 and Windows 8) from the menu.
    2. This will open the Properties on the General tab. Click on Print Test Page, in the bottom-right of the window. See the following related article if you require further instructions: How to Print a Test Page in Windows
    • If the Test Page does not print after following the guidance above, see one of the following related article for assistance:
    • If the Test Page prints, this verifies that the new default driver is working.
    • Make sure that you send print jobs to this new default driver.
  6. You may wish to uninstall the earlier instance(s) of the Epson printer driver to avoid confusion when selecting a printer. See the following related article for instructions:

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