Solve a Printer Spooler Error these Simple Steps
You may encounter a Printer Spooler error when attempting to print a large amount of content, or you print often. This error will cause the printer to either take a very long time to print or simply become unresponsive. Here are some solutions to fix this frustrating problem.
What Causes the Printer Spooler Error?
A Printer Spooler Error is caused by a variety of problems. It can be due to simple errors with in the service itself, or corrupted as time goes on. It can also experience problems due to other services conflicting with its use such as independent print spool services created by the printer manufacturer. These can be used in conflict with existing services provided by Windows.
How to Fix the Printer Spooler Error
Fixing a Printer Spooler error can be done by following a few basic steps. If this manual correction is not affective there may be a problem with a spooler service from a third party service provided by the printer you installed. Uninstalling this software may also be an adequate fix.
Solution 1: Manually correcting the Printer Spooler Error
- Log onto your computer as the administrator.
- Click the Start tab
- Click Run and then in the Open box type services.msc and press enter.
- In the new Services window that will open look for all services that are named or are described in some way as Printer Spooler. If you have a printer with an independent spooler program then there will be one of these in the list in addition to the generic Windows print spooler.
- Select the Print Spooler service and then from the menu select Stop.
- Do not close the Services window, but instead minimize it and double-click My Computer from the Desktop. Move your way through the folders in C: to c:\windows\system32\spool\printers and without deleting the actual folder delete everything with in the PRINTERS folder itself.
- Close this window and now maximize the Services window. Locate the Print Spool service again, and now from the menu click the Start option. This should correct the problem and print a test page to verify. If this does not correct the problem then you may need to uninstall other printer management programs.
Solution 2: Uninstalling conflicting software
- Begin by finding the Disk that was included with your printer.
- Click the Start tab
- Select the Control Panel and then click Add or Remove Programs
- From there select Uninstall a program
- Search through the list of programs that are presented and locate the printer program that is associated with the brand of your printer.
- Click the program and then the Change/Remove/Uninstall option.
- Follow the instructions until the removal is complete and then close the window.
- Using the Disk that came with your printer insert the disk in your drive and follow the installation instructions that appear on the screen.
- Print a test page
Thank you for visiting our site and I sincerely hope this has corrected your Printer Spooler error. Good luck and let me know if this did not correct the problem or if you need further help with this or anything else.
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