FIX: Brother Printer Not Detected in Control Center

Although Brother Printers are quite commendable and pretty great, they are not without fault, which is why users of Brother Printers have been suffering from a multitude of different problems over the course of time. One of the most common and most severe problems that Brother printer users have suffered from and continue to be affected by is their wireless printers not being detected and recognized by their computer and not showing up in ControlCenter4 (the resident suite for Brother Printers) even though they both the computer and the printer are connected to one another wirelessly. Since the printer is not detected by the computer, the user cannot print, scan or photocopy anything as their computer fails to communicate with their printer, rendering their printer pretty much unusable.

In such cases, users receive an error the states the (model number of printer) LAN cannot be found. This problem can be caused by anything from security issues to corrupted registry keys or entries that have been created after a Windows update. This issue is most commonly known to affect users of the Brother MFC-7860DW wireless printer but can basically affect any and all printers manufactured by Brother. Fortunately though, fixing this problem and getting your computer to successfully detect, display and communicate with your Brother printer is pretty simple and easy. The following are the two most effective solutions that you can use to fix whatever issue is causing your Brother printer to not be displayed in ControlCenter4 and not work:

Method 1: Clear all twain, twunk and .mtx files in the Temp folder

Hold Windows Key and Press R. In the Run Dialog, type %temp% and Click OK.


Locate and delete any and all files in the Temp folder that have the terms twain or twunk in their names or have .mtx as their file extension. Examples of such files include log, twain001.mtx, twunk001.mtx and twunk002.mtx.

Once you have deleted all such files, restart your computer and your Brother printer should not only be detected but should also start working once your computer powers up.

Method 2: Clean your computer’s registry using CCleaner

If Method 1 does not work for you and does not lead to your Brother printer being successfully detected, a scenario which is quite unlikely, another solution that has proven to work for countless Windows users who have been affected by this issue is using CCleaner to clean up the affected computer’s registry.

Download CCleaner by going here and clicking on the Free Download

Install CCleaner.

Open CCleaner.

Navigate to the Registry

Put a checkmark alongside all of the items on the list in the right hand pane by clicking on the checkboxes.

Click on Scan for Issues and wait for the scan to be completed.

Once the scan is complete, make sure all of the detected issues have a checkmark besides them and click on the Fix selected issues

When asked whether or not you want to create a backup of your registry in its current state, click on Yes and save a backup of your current registry just in case CCleaner messes anything up and deletes registry entries or keys that are critical to your system.

When a dialog opens, click on Fix All Selected Issues. Once all selected issues have been fixed, close the dialog by clicking on Close.


Kevin Arrows

Kevin Arrows is a highly experienced and knowledgeable technology specialist with over a decade of industry experience. He holds a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification and has a deep passion for staying up-to-date on the latest tech developments. Kevin has written extensively on a wide range of tech-related topics, showcasing his expertise and knowledge in areas such as software development, cybersecurity, and cloud computing. His contributions to the tech field have been widely recognized and respected by his peers, and he is highly regarded for his ability to explain complex technical concepts in a clear and concise manner.
Back to top button

Expert Tip

FIX: Brother Printer Not Detected in Control Center

If the issue is with your Computer or a Laptop you should try using Restoro which can scan the repositories and replace corrupt and missing files. This works in most cases, where the issue is originated due to a system corruption. You can download Restoro by clicking the Download button below.

Download Now

I'm not interested