Tip & How-To about Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT Operating System Software OEM DVD

How to remove the Print Drivers from Windows 7 machine

Aulty print drivers can give you a lot of headaches. In my case, print spooler was constantly crashing, or it was crashing when I tried to open Print Properties of the Print Device.
Since the problem is mostly in a faulty print driver here are the steps on how to remove the print driver from Windows 7. Procedure is slightly different from previous Operating Systems as now we'll have to use the Print Management tool.
Click Start (Win Orb)
Type: 'Print Management'
In the left pane navigate to: Print Servers ' PC Name (local) ' Drivers
Delete the faulty print driver, or if you're not sure, delete all of the Print Drivers listed.
Restart and try to download another/updated driver for your printer from the manufacturer's web site.

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the print spooler service is not running

Restarting the Print Spooler
  • Before completely resetting the print spooler, you should first attempt to restart the print spooler service to see if it fixes your printing issues. To do so in Windows, open the Start menu and click on the "Control Panel" icon. Then open the "Administrative Tools" folder and double-click on the "Services" icon. Scroll down to the "Print Spooler" entry and click on it. If the service is not currently running, click the "Start" link on the left side of the window. If the print spooler is running, hit the "Restart" link. After the service has started again, try adding a new printer or printing another document to see if the issue has been resolved. if not do the following:

  • Reset the Print Spooler Files
  • After successfully booting your computer into safe mode, you can remove and reset the system's print spooler files. Open the Start menu and click on the "My Computer" icon. Go into the C: drive and navigate to the "Windows\System32\Spool" directory. Open the "Printers" and "Drivers" folders and delete all of the contents in them. Once the files have been deleted, restart your computer again and boot in standard mode. The print spooler files will be reset and the errors should no longer appear.

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    Print spooler problem cannot delete printer jobs

    Hi there
    You can try see if this may do it.

    Go to Start / Run and type in "services.msc" without quotation marks, then press Enter or click OK.

    In the window that opens (Services) look for "Print Spooler" on the right

    Right-click "Print Spooler" and select "Properties".

    Click on the "Recovery" tab and change all 3 drop-down boxes to "Restart The Service".

    Make sure the 2 text boxes underneath say "1" in them.

    Click Ok until you are back at the Services window, close it and you're good to go.

    Go back into the properties of the "Print Spooler" tab and be sure to click Start to restart the Print Spooler service and it will restart the service immediately.

    The Print spooler depends on the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service. Is this service disabled? Go to services.msc look for RPC. Check state: Automatic

    Please come back and just gave a vote, it will gave me some satisfaction to know am helping some one so I will keep on helping.
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    How do you connect the printer? Try to do it manually. Instead of searching for the printer on the network, give the path manually.
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for your posting in FixYa.

    It is the spooler error getting in your Case.

    Try this to kill the dependancy services that are not starting:

    Remove all Print Spooler service dependencies other than the Remote Procedure Call service.

    1 Click Start, Run and enter sc config spooler depend= RPCSS (there must be a space after "=" but not before it.)

    2. By removing the other dependencies the Print Spooler service should be able to run, but the printer functionality may be affected, and it may be necessary to reinstall the printer drivers.

    3. Don't forget to go back to services.msc \ right-click Print Spooler, and then click Properties.
    Make sure that the startup type is set to Automatic. If it is not, click Automatic in the Startup type list, and then click Apply.

    4. Under Service status, click Start.

    5. Click OK to close the Print Spooler Properties dialog box

    Otherwise go for reinstall the printer and its driver.


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