We already have a large number of low-cost network-based printers. The network printer does not require any physical wires to connect and print. We can wirelessly print or share any document with the printer. However, when connecting the printer to the Windows 11 or Windows 10 PC, we occasionally encountered the Error Code 0x0000011b (Operation failed). This prevents us from connecting to the printer, which means we can’t print any of our documents, which is very inconvenient. This post has discussed all of the best methods for resolving this issue and printing any of your important documents without difficulty.
How to Fix Printer Error 0x0000011b on Windows 11/10
When it comes to the possible causes of the problem, not many have been identified yet. However, the most common reasons are a problem with the driver, a problem with the most recent Windows update, or a problem with the printer itself. We have discussed the solution for each of them in detail. Let’s look at them to fix the “Windows cannot connect to the printer; Operation failed with error 0x0000011b” problem in Windows 11/10 operating system.
Method 1: Uninstall the Windows update
The first and best way to resolve the problem is to uninstall the latest Windows update. Sometimes the problem is caused by the most recent Windows update, and we must wait for the next update or a fix. However, uninstalling the most recent Windows update is the best option if you’re in a hurry. All of your files and data will remain intact; nothing will happen to them. Only the most recent Windows update will be removed.
To uninstall the latest Windows update, open Settings, click on Windows update, navigate to the Advanced option, and click on Recovery. Now under the Recovery options, click on the Go Back button; now follow on-screen instructions, and this will uninstall the latest Windows update for you. As soon as your Windows 11/10 PC finishes restarting, check whether the issue got fixed for you or not.
Method 2: Modify the registry
If the uninstalling Windows update method doesn’t work for you, you will have to modify the registry. To do so, open search and type Registry and open Registry editor. Now navigate to the following section:
Now find the Print and right-click on it, now select New > DWORD(32-bit) value, name it as “RpcAuthnLevelPrivacyEnabled”, and set the Value data to 0. Now click on OK. Now restart your Windows PC and check whether the issue got fixed for you not. Most users’ issues should get resolved within these two methods only. If your issue doesn’t get fixed yet, then try the third and last method mentioned below.
Method 3: Run troubleshooter
Last but not least, running the printer troubleshooter might help you recognize the issue and fix it in a few simple steps. To run the printer troubleshooter, open Settings, click on System, scroll down and click on Troubleshooter. Now click on the other troubleshooters, find the Printer and click on the Run button present next to it. Now, wait for a few mins or a second; the troubleshooter will run the test. If it finds and flays, it will fix the issue itself or if not, you can try to reset the printer.
To reset a printer, you will have to turn the printer off, plug it off, and wait for 15-30 seconds. Now plug the printer again, and turn it on. This will reset your printer. Now check whether the error 0x0000011b (Operation failed) got fixed for you or not.
Method 4: Set a Static IP Address
You can also fix the error 0x0000011b by setting a static IP address for your printer. Navigate to the Devices option from the setting page and click on “Printers & scanners” from the left sidebar. Now click on the “Add a printer or scanner” option on the top. After a few seconds, you will see the “The printer that I want isn’t listed” option. You have to click on it to add a new printer. Under the Add Printer window, you have to choose “Add a printer using a TCP/IP or hostname” and tap the Next button. In the Hostname or IP address field, set an IP address for your printer.
Thanks for sticking with us all the way end to the post. What do you think about the network printers, and did the solutions mentioned above work for you or not? Do let us know by dropping a comment in your words down below.
Dave Black says
These did not work. I have printer on a windows 10 and trying to connect to a windows 11 computer that does not work
Adam Lundstrom says
The information above seems helpful, but, for us to be sure of your instructions before we tweak the Registry, you have not stated which pc should have the Registry changes when one PC in a room is trying to connect with a printer shared in another room both having the same workgroup and running Windows 11. The printer is shared properly and can be seen on the “Private” network, but will not connect. (Your instruction could solve this of course, but again, on which PC do we make the Registry changes and why, so we understand, The Host PC or the Client PC). Thank You.