The print driver host for 32-bit apps has stopped working in Windows 10

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It is known that as users move to 64-bit systems, drivers for 32-bit systems lose support. This is the cause of an error when using printers:

The printer driver host for 32-bit applications has stopped working.

The interesting part is that 64-bit drivers work for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. We could use this fact to solve the problem.

Initial solution - Check and see if you are using PCL drivers and switch to PS drivers to see if it solves the problem.

Solution 1] Reinstall the printer

1] Press Win + R to open the file run window. Type the command control panel and press Enter to open the Control Panel window.

2] Go to Tools and printers.

3] Right-click the printer and select Remove the device.

4] Restart the system.

5] Go to Tools and printers as explained above.

6] Click Add printer and add the printer.

If that doesn't work, try adding the printer to a different port after removing it.

Solution 2] Try installing Postscript drivers

If you are using a PCL driver, try switching to a PostScript driver. For example, if you are suing an HP printer and facing this problem, go to this link and download and install the Postscript driver.

Solution 3] Update the printer drivers

As the problem is with the drivers, we may update the drivers. However, this step must be done strictly after reinstalling the printer, as the computer needs to know that a change has occurred in the printer device. Otherwise, you might remove the outdated drivers again.

1. close Device administrator in the Windows 10 search box.

2. Now click Device administrator icon to open it.

3. Now, find yours printer driver, right click on it and uninstall that.

4. Now click Action from the tab above and then choose look for hardware changes.

Preventive measure] Windows Update

Microsoft is aware that manufacturers aren't very interested in supporting 32-bit drivers, so they're pushing fixes, which generally allow printers to use 64-bit drivers in the form of Windows updates, so we should keep updating Windows by occasionally. . Here is the procedure to update Windows.

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