HP Printer Not Printing Attention Required [How to Fix]

To fix the HP printer not printing attention required error, do the solutions provided in this article.

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But before we look at the solutions to this error, let us discuss what this printer error means and the reasons it occurs.

HP Printer Not Printing Attention Required [Reasons]

The HP printer not printing attention required means that the device hasn’t been restarted after the initial setup. As a result, this error commonly occurs when you try to print the first job immediately after the setup is complete. You can encounter this error in Windows 10 RS5 as well as later versions.  

An issue with your HP printer software such as a broken driver is another reason why this error might occur.

Furthermore, certain settings either on your HP printer or computer might be responsible for the HP printer not printing attention required error message.

Now that you know the reasons behind this problem, let’s look at how to fix it.

We recommend that you read this article: HP Printer Not Printing [Issues & Solutions] to learn how to fix other HP printer not printing issues.

HP Printer Not Printing Attention Required [Solutions]

Do the following solutions to fix the HP printer not printing attention required error:

1. Turn off Your HP Printer and Then Turn It On

Do the following:

Step 1: Turn off your HP printer by pressing the power button.

Step 2: Wait for about 10 seconds.

Step 3: Turn on your HP printer by pressing the power button.

If the above doesn’t resolve the HP printer not printing attention required problem, do the next solution.

2. Run Windows Find and Fix Troubleshooter

How to Run Windows Find and Fix Troubleshooter

To run the Windows Find and Fix Troubleshooter, do the following:

Step 1: Go to your Windows search box. For Windows 10, just click on the Cortana icon.

Step 2: Type “Find and Fix”.

Step 3: Click on “Fix and Fix Problems with Windows Search” from the search results.

Step 4: Click on the “Advanced” option.

Step 5: Check the box for the “Automatically Apply Repairs” option.

Step 6: Click on “Run as Admin”.

Step 7: Click “Next” and then select your HP printer.

Step 8: Then confirm to proceed.

A test will then start as the system tries to settle the printer’s issue.

After the troubleshooter is done with the test, check if it fixed the HP printer not printing attention required problem.

If the problem persists, do the next solution.

3. Update your HP Printer Driver

To update your HP printer driver, click HP Printer Printing Blank Pages – How to Update HP Printer Diver, and follow the instructions under the “How to Update HP Printer Driver” section.

After the update is complete, check if the HP printer not printing attention required is fixed.

If it is not, then do the solution below.

4. Run HP Print and Scan Doctor

To run HP Print and Scan Doctor for your Windows computer, click HP Printer Printing Blank Pages – How to Run HP Print and Scan Doctor, and then follow the steps we shared under the “How to Run HP Print and Scan Doctor” section.

Once the print and scan doctor is done, try to print a document.

If the HP printer not printing attention required problem occurs, move to the next solution.

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4. Produce a TCP/IP Port using Windows Control Panel

How to Produce a TCP/IP Port Using Windows Control Panel

To produce a TCP/IP port using the Windows control panel, do the following steps:

Step 1: Turn your Windows computer on.

Step 2: Search for “Control Panel”.

Step 3: Click “Control Panel” from the search results.

Step 4: Click on “View devices and printers” under “Hardware and Sound”.

Step 5: Right-click your HP printer.

Step 6: Click on “Printer Properties”.

Step 7: Click the tab labeled “Ports”.

Step 8: Click “Add Port”.

Step 9: Click on “Standard TCP/IP Port”.

Step 10: Click “New Port”.

Step 11: Type your printer’s previous IP address.

Step 12: Click on “Next”.

Step 13: Choose the “standard TCP/IP port” just created from the list.

Step 14: Click “OK”.

Step 15: Restart your computer and your printer.

Wait for both devices to become ready. Now, print a new document to test if the steps have resolved the HP printer not printing attention required problem.

If the problem persists, do the next solution.

5. Run the In-Built Windows Troubleshooter via Settings

How to Run the In-built Windows Troubleshooter via Settings

To run the in-built Windows troubleshooter via settings, do the following steps:

Step 1: Press the “Windows” and “I” keys at the same time.

Step 2: Click on “Update & Security”.

Step 3: Look for and click on “Troubleshoot”.

Step 4: Click on “Printer”.

Step 5: Click “Run the Troubleshooter”.

Step 6: Follow the on-screen instructions to continue the troubleshooting.

Once the troubleshooting is complete, check if the HP printer not printing attention required problem has been fixed by printing a document.

If the document fails to print and the error message is displayed, do the solution below.  

6. Install Windows Updates via Microsoft System Center

Certain updates on your Windows computer might that are yet to be installed might be the reason why you are experiencing the HP printer not printing attention required error message. Therefore, installing these updates via Microsoft System Center might just be the solution you need.

How to Install Windows Updates via Microsoft System Center

To install Windows updates via Microsoft System Center, do the steps below:

Step 1: If the Microsoft System Center isn’t on your computer, click here to download it.

Step 2: Once the download is complete, install the suite on your computer.

Step 3: Click on the Windows “Start” icon.

Step 4: Select “Microsoft System Center”.

Step 5: Click “Software Center”.

Step 6: Click on the button labeled “Install All”.

Step 7: Wait until the updates are installed.

Step 8: Restart your PC when you get a prompt.

After the restart, print a document to confirm that you have fixed the HP printer not printing attention required problem.

If you still encounter the problem, do the solution below.

7. Uninstall and then Reinstall your HP Printer Driver

To uninstall and then reinstall your HP printer driver, click this link: HP Printer Error the Handle is Invalid – Reinstall New HP Printer Software, and follow the steps we shared under the “Reinstall New HP Printer Software” section.

If reinstalling your printer driver doesn’t fix the problem, then you need to contact HP Customer Support for further assistance.