Print Error 0x000bbb, Operation Could Not Be Loaded

If you have used Windows and printers at home or office, you must have encountered this error once. One known error code is the— Operation could not be completed error (0x00000bbb). Unable to create a print job— message when trying to print anything. We understand this cannot be very pleasant. The error indicates a problem initiating or sending a print job to a printer.

This post will help you fix the problem by suggesting solutions that can help to resolve the problem.

Basic Troubleshooting

This issue primarily arises when Windows fails to recognize certain printers it was previously connected to. Some other reasons could be outdated printer drivers, broken system files, etc. Depending upon the problem, the solutions vary. However, before proceeding to complex solutions, implement quick troubleshooting fixes!

Restart the Device and the Printer

When you work on your PC, Windows, or any other OS, handle many tasks by accessing different files. Many of these tasks can be left unattended, which can cause glitches for some devices to work. Hence, a simple restart of the PC and the printers can clear these and come to our rescue!

Running the Printer Troubleshooter

The Printer Troubleshooter is a feature of Windows that helps you analyze, scan and repair printer problems. Follow our guide on troubleshooting printers in Windows using the GetHelp App.

Updating your Printer Driver

Updating your old driver to a current OS-compatible version can also fix this issue. The easiest way is to find the device model, download the driver from the OEM website, and install it.

How to Fix Printer error 0x00000bbb, Operation Could Not Be Completed?

If your problem persists, it is advisable to try the following solutions individually.

  1. Restart the Print Spooler Services
  2. Add a New Port
  3. Reinstall the Printer

You will need an administrator account to execute these suggestions.

1] Restart the Print Spooler Services

The main job of the Print Spooler is to manage printing. Restarting the Print Spooler is viable as it will remove past glitches from its memory. You can do that by accessing the Service Manager on your PC.

  • Press the Windows+R button to start the Run dialog box.
  • Type services.msc and press Enter
  • Locate and double-click on the Print Spooler service listing to open it.
  • Press the Stop button.

Restart Printer Spooler Service

Wait for a few moments, and then implement the following.

  • Again, right-click on Print Spooler and select Properties
  • Select Automatic from the drop-down
  • Click the Apply button

By now, the Print Spooler should have solved the issue.

2] Add a New Port

The crux of the problem may be that Windows uses a logical port to connect to printers utilizing the IP. This shouldn’t be the case, and hence we will help you add a new port with the IP address of your printer.

  • Open Settings and go to Bluetooth & Devices

Go to Settings and Open Bluetooth Devices

  • Go to Printers and Scanners
  • Select Print Server Properties from the options at the bottom of the section

Navigate to Printers and Scanners

  • Go to Port Tab, and click Add Port

Add Port for Printer Windows

    • Select Standard TCP/IP
    • Click Next, and add the IP address of your printer
  • Adding the IP Addresses

Adding the IP Addresses

Read: How to Fix Printer Cannot Be Contacted over the Network?

3] Reinstall the Printer

If you have tried all the solutions mentioned above and none worked, uninstall and reinstall the printer from your Windows. You must disconnect the printer and uninstall its driver from your PC for this.

  • Press Windows+I to open Settings.
  • Click Bluetooth & Devices
  • Click Printers & Scanners
  • Open the printer’s properties
  • Click Remove and further select Yes

Remove Printer from Windows

Done this, go to the Applications list, and remove any software or driver installed for the printer. Once you remove the installation is complete, you should restart the PC.

Your system should, by default, detect that a new printer has been connected. However, for best results, install the latest OEM driver, which you can download from the website using the model number. 

Read: Unable to uninstall driver on Windows? Here is how to fix it.


Not being able to print your essential files is annoying, especially when it doesn’t like to go away. This is even more frustrating when it occurs after an OS update since there is no going back then. In this article, we delved into different ways to fix a widespread glitch in printers on Windows 11. Most often, deleting the printer and adding it again fixes the issue.

Shruti G
Shruti is a passionate content creator and expert in tech and ergonomics. With an acute attention to detail and a natural curiosity, Shruti is a master observer who is always keen to learn about the world around her. She has honed her skills in writing, editing, and proofreading.


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