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How to restore a printer spooler on xp

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#1 gypsy79


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Posted 28 February 2011 - 03:49 PM

Does anybody know how to restore a printer spooler,or wharever I can do ,so I can be able to install a printer,somehow I probably ended up erasing or somehow got rid of it and now I cant install a printer at all,i have a windows xp desktop,please help!!!! The error message comes on whenever I turn my pc on,says a printer spoiler not working.

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 04:06 PM

Start/Run...type services.msc...scroll down to Print Spooler.

Should be automatic startup...status should be started. If not change those two items, click OK, etc.

It helps if you post the exact error message you receive, rather than force us to guess at what might be wrong.


#3 Bill Stitzer

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 04:07 PM

Go to the following location: C:\WINDOWS\system32\Com\.

You should see an icon titled "comexp.msc". Double click on it.

A new screen will pop up with two windows in it. Double click on "Services(local)".

Scroll down to "Print Spooler" and click on it.

On the left should appear "Stop the service" and "Restart the service".

My guess, from what you posted, is that the service is stopped and needs to be restarted. Click "Restart the service".

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 05:32 PM

Are these two topics related somehow?

Please provide us with as much information as possible.
Like Hamiluis says you are forcing us to guess at what might be wrong.

My guess would be viruses and spyware.
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Posted 01 March 2011 - 04:39 AM

1) Right-click your desktop, choose new->text document
2) Name the file "FixSpooler.txt"
3) Double-click it, then copy and paste the code below into the document
4) Close and save the document
5) Rename the document for FixSpooler.txt to FixSpooler.bat (Answer yes at the warning box)

Now anytime you think your print spooler is crashed, double-click FixSpooler.bat. It will stop the spooler (if running), delete temp files (which are sometimes corrupt and causing problems), and restart the spooler.

net stop spooler
del /q C:\windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS\*.*
net start spooler

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