Fix Printer not activated error code -30 – Win 10/8.1/8 & 7

Printer is the most essential device for all those who use computers. There are different ways you can configure the printer with your computer. You can configure the printer in different ways like wireless, wired, network etc. Often you may encounter the issue with the printer while printing. Users encountered an issue with the printer not activated error code -30 while trying to print documents.

We found this issue while trying to print the PDF files. You may encounter the issue with the printer not activated error code -30 when the printer driver is not configured properly. As per our research, we have listed all the possible steps to fix the printer error and get it work properly.

The error message appears as below.

If you are facing this issue on your computer, this guide helps you to perform the required troubleshooting steps and fix the error by yourself.

How to fix printer not activated error code -30 on Windows computers?

There are different factors causing this printer issue. We have listed all the possible troubleshooting steps to fix the error. You can try performing each resolution step and check if the issue gets fix. If the issue remains, you can proceed with the further troubleshooting steps.

Quick Note: Before proceeding with the further steps, we suggest you to create a System Restore point first. If something goes wrong during the troubleshooting, you can restore your computer back to previous working state.

Update Printer drivers:

If the printer drivers installed in the computer are out dated, it may not work properly as expected. Before proceeding with the further steps, we suggest you to try updating the printer driver and check if the issue gets fix.

To update the printer driver, you can visit the printer manufacturer’s website, search for your printer model and download them. Refer the below links as per your computer make and model.

HP

DELL

BROTHER

CANON

After downloading the printer driver, install it on your computer and check if the files are printing fine. If the issue with printer not activated error code -30 remains, you can proceed with the further troubleshooting steps.

Reinstall USB composite device:

If the USB composite device driver is corrupt or damaged, the printer may not work properly. In this case, reinstalling the device driver helps in fixing the issues. To perform the same, refer the below troubleshooting steps.

  1. Disconnect printer from your computer.
  2. Press Windows logo + R keys on your keyboard to open RUN window. Type devmgmt.msc and hit enter. It will open the Device Manager window.

3. Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers, locate USB Composite Device, right click on it and select the option Uninstall device.

4. You can see the below prompt. Click on Uninstall.

Once after that, connect your printer to the computer. A pop up saying Found New Hardware prompts. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the required drivers.

Set the printer to default to fix printer not activated error code -30:

Sometimes, when there are many printers installed on your computer and the device is not set to default, you may encounter these issues. Setting the printer to default might fix this issue. Refer the below steps to perform the same.

  1. Open RUN window, type Control Printers and hit enter. It will open the Devices and Printers screen.

2. Search and locate your printer, right click on it and select Set as default printer.

Now, try to print the documents and check if it works fine. If the issue remains, you can proceed with the further resolution steps.

Install Windows Updates:

In some cases, if there are any printer updates available to install from Windows Updates, the drivers may not work properly until they install. Therefore, we suggest you to try installing the updates on your computer and fix the printer issue. Refer the below steps to install updates on your computer.

  1. Press Windows logo + I keys on your keyboard to open Settings window. Select the option Update & Security.

2. Click on Check for updates.

Computer will check for the updates and if found any, it will install them. After installing the updates, the printer should work fine.

I hope that the above troubleshooting steps helps you to fix the printer not activated error code -30 on your computer and let it work properly. If you need any further assistance, do comments below. We are happy to assist you.

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