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Saturday, June 13, 2009

print spooler service is not running

I have a similar issue.When I Spooled a document in windwos 7 with HpD4260.It tasked a long time without nothing printed.Has anyone seen the same behavior?

It is the "print spooler service is not running" Error.Now fix the error.
1.Click "start button"-->"Run",Type "services.msc" and click OK.
2.Find the "Printer Spooler service" in the windows, Double-click it.Then change its startup type to Automatic.
3.Delete contents of the C:\Windows\System32\spool\printers folder.
4.Restart your computer and install printer again.

Or you can open command prompt and type in windwos 7
The Code:
net stop spooler
del /Q /F /S "%systemroot%\System32\Spool\Printers\*.*"
net start spooler


  1. It helped for me to delete the files located in c:\windows\system32\spool\printers and then restarting the spooler service using the "services.msc" command described above.

  2. 1) The above workaround does work, but you may need to do it multiable times for it to work.

    2) This is a leftover bug from Vista. Vista had the same issue, and the same workaround.

  3. Fix worked for me, however I had to uninstall the printer from the devices and printers application.

  4. does not work with me too and it's alrady set as automaticaly

  5. It is no working for me as well.
    I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits.

  6. It worked for me (windows 7 pro)

  7. Worked for me. Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit. Problem was with network Ricoh printers and a local USB HP Laserjet 1020.

    I deleted the printers folder, restarted the service, and reinstalled the printers.

    Thank you!

  8. J'ai besoin d'aide pour imprimer. On me dit de vider le spooler mais il est vide et je ne peut pas imprimer. Il marque toujours un erreur 1053 ou 1813

  9. worked with me am windows 7 ultimate 64bit

  10. The profile could be set to stopped, simply click start, everything should work fine

  11. I got the following solution on the web.

    It solved my problem.

    A quick simople fix to get your printers back - applies to Windows 7 running natively on a MacBook Pro that has VMWare Fusion installed.

    Remove the following registry entry, reboot, and you're done.

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Monitors\ThinPrint Print Port Monitor for VMWare]

    Note that you can also export the entry so that it can be easily imported back into the registry if needed at a alter time.

  12. tkanku very much my problem also solved.'

  13. its worked for me in windows 7 enterprises


  14. can someone please tell me how to delete

  15. it gives me an error ... Access Denied

  16. I've had this problem a lot with both Windows 7 (64-bit) and Window XP.

    There is only one solution that has worked for me, and it's not going to the "Services" and starting the Print Spooler, because the Print Spooler will just stop again within seconds or minutes.

    What has worked for me (in both XP & Window 7), is to delete the contents of the following folders:




    Once I do this, I do not have to reinstall my printers. I just physically disconnect my local printer (unplugged the USB cable), wait a few seconds, and then reconnect it.

    Hope this helps. Let me know.

    If it does, spread it around.

    - Joe

  17. Joe Orlando's solution worked for me thanks.

  18. Joe orlando's didn't work...it said i'm suppose to get permission from SYSTEM....

  19. Mine does not work either. It never finishes installing properly. I have tried using the windows update AND manually installing.
    However, I did figure out how to get access using command prompt.. try right clicking on command prompt and running as administrator. Hope that helps. I think I'm about to throw my printer against the wall.

  20. Works brilliantly - many thanks. It's the second time in the past 6 months that I had to perform the same operation to get the printers working.

    Wonder when Microsoft will fix this bug permanently... irritating!!!

  21. If it happens alot, make the .bat file. Remember you can't stop the print server and clear the queue if you don't shutdown the printer. So, the steps are to:

    1 - Turn off Printer (wait a couple seconds)
    2 - Right click on the .BAT file as Run as Administrator
    3 - Turn the printer back on
    4 - Check the Printer menu to see if the Printer is listed or open SERVICES.MSC to make sure the Print Spooler is still running

  22. Joe Orlando's solution worked on my laptop running Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit and desktop with Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit.

    I also did the regedit and services.msc thing before on my laptop but did not do it on the desktop and Joe's solution worked on both computers without having to reinstal any printers.

    THANK YOU!! I already wasted 4 hours of my life trying other solutions and searching the web!

  23. hi everyone, Ireinstalled Bonjour for Windows and problem solved!!!

  24. I cannot find any spool directory under windows, in W7.... please advise!

  25. Thank you so much, this was so helpful!

  26. Hello Joe Orlando, moving all files/folders out of those 2 directories did indeed allow Print Spooler to stay running. Thanks for the tip.

    After that it was dicey. One of my 2 printers reconnected fine, and is now able to print. The other is still OOS.

    Before seeing your tip, I tried the Microsoft debugging tools, FixIt, etc. and they all failed. It is miserable to inflict this kind of thing on consumers. Printing a page is not supposed to take this level of tech involvement.

    But your tip helped, and thanks again.

  27. Perfect ! works like charm !!!

  28. Deleting the contents of spool/printers fixed it for me!! THANK YOU, I've been to so many forums and done so many things and that did the trick... you rock.