Because i was having these problems I uninstalled and reinstalled my printers multiple times. I still get messages saying that the printer drivers are not installed, and the wireless printer disappears and reappears at will. The usb connected printer is still not visible - on the "computer" page where it was. However, The printers are visible in the "devices and printers" area ( just not the scanners or the fax) The webcam is visible but it won't work.
I keep getting messages that state that my wireless printer has no drivers powering it. I KNOW they are there, but, if i go to the device manager and uninstall the drivers in the hopes that windows will detect and reinstall on the next hardware scan or restart, I lose the network completely and am then forced to uninstall the printer/scanner completely and reinstall it again. At this point, I am wary of installing my games onto this machine.
It has gotten to the point where I tried to system restore to before SP1 installed so that things would work the way they did before the "upgrade", only to find that the upgrade erased those save points. Uploading the drivers for my controller and webcam somehow wiped the drivers for my optical drives. Restoring the system to three days before i installed the controller and webcam drives restored my optical drives, but for the rest of it, I am lost and frustrated. I upgraded my laptop to the same win 7 pro and the strange thing is I can see my fax and printers there, but they are all off line on the laptop. I am in [bleep] here and it was never this bad with XP. To be honest, the only positive thing I have found in this whole thing is that the XP environment allows me to run WMP 10. and I actually liked WMP 10 (i hate 11 and 12)
I've asked for help from a few people already, including manufactures and Microsoft, All i can hear is how P! is great. but I have read more than 40 articles saying how unstable it is. I tend to agree with the articles. The question is, What in pity's sake can I DO about all this? Can someone ANYONE help me?