Hi- thanks for your help. I tried everything you suggested. When I go to reinstall the printer part way through a "Microsoft Windows dialogue box" opens up and says "Printer Communication system stopped working and was closed- a problem caused application to stop working correctly. Windows will notify you if a solution is available".- then Dell 926 continues to install- then another box comes up saying Printer Status Window Interface has stopped working and asks you to close program.
I haven't rally had any recent changes- just regular virus checks, windows updates. Like I said the problem was managable a few months ago- if you restarted for some reason then printer would work. I checked USB cords- tried 3 different ones- different ports, etc. Computer works fine accept this problem. I did buy a new printer- but haven't tried it for fear it is something with the computer and printer communication. I just have gone a long time without printing at home- but would like to have a working printer. Printer works because it copies- scanner won't interface obviously. Just bothers me that I can't figure this out since computer (knock on wood) really works without problems except for this.