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Printers disappear and Print Spooler service won't start.

Windows XP Service Pack 3 has a bug that can corrupt the Windows Printer Spool Service. First, make sure the spooler problem is not profile specific by logging in as another user, if this is not the case it is the SP3 bug and you will need to log in as an administrator to fix the issue.

Click START, right click, “My Computer”, then click, “Manage”.
Expand, “Service and Applications”, and then click Services.In the details pane, right click LexBce Server, and then click, “Properties”. On the General tab in the Startup type list, click Disabled. Under Service Status, click, “Stop”, and then click, “OK”.

Click START, click run, and open Regedit.
Locate the following keys and edit them as follows.

  • “HKLMSystemCurrentControlSetControlPrintEnviornmentsWindowsNT x86”, export and delete all subfolders in this folder except for “drivers”and “print processors".
  • “HKLMSystemCurrentControlSetControlPrintEnviornmentsWindowsNT x86DriversVersion-3”, export and delete all the printer driver entries inthis folder.
  • "HKLMSystemCurrentControlSetControlPrintMonitors”,export and delete all keys except the following: BJ Language Monitor, LocalPort, PJL Language Monitor, Standard TCP/IP Port,USB Monitor.
  • “HKLMSystemCurrentControlSetServicesSpooler”,right click, “DependOnService” and remove the value “LexBce” from the list.

Click START,click Run, Type “%Windir%system32” and then click, “OK"
. Right click the "spoolv.exe" file and then click, “Rename” Type “oldspool”and then press ENTER. Windows should fix/recreate the file when the print spooler service restarts.

Restart the computer and add each of the printers back.

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The print spooler service is not running iam using MP830 printer

There are a few different causes for this. All of them leading to the "spooler" service to stop running.

The most common remedy is to just reboot the computer. If this fails, there may be a corrupted document in the spool queue that is crashing the service repeatedly here are the steps to clear it out:

For Windows XP (your computer says "start" in the bottom left)
1. Go to the "Start" menu and click "run"
2. in the window that comes up enter "net start spooler"
3. Try printing again.
4. If the problem continues then:
5. Click "start" and "Run" again.
6. enter "C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS" and click ok and delete any items in there.
7. Close that window.
8. Restart the computer.
You should now be able to print.

For Windows Vista or Windows 7:
1. Click the blue "Start" orb
2. In the search box enter "command"
3. The computer will return with several items
4. Right click on the black item that says "command prompt"
5. click "run as administrator"
6. in the black window type "net start spooler" and press enter
7. try printing again, if it fails continue to step 8
8. open the blue start orb
9. in the search box enter "C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS"
9.5. If you get a permissions message click continue
10. delete all items from there.
11. back in the black command prompt box, type "net start spooler" again
12. You should be able to print.

If you still cannot print, you may have one or more corrupted print drivers. In this case you will need to delete and re-install your printers from the computer using instructions from the manufacturer.

May 02, 2011 | Canon MP830 All-In-One Printer

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Allow me to extend my gratitude for helping me out in my printer problem causing me delays and inconvenience.

Despite the urgency and immediacy, our IT failed to respond quickly which prompted me to look for solutions.

Thanks, I got one with your user friendly advise.

Many thanks and More power to your TEAM!

God Bless!

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"That In All Things God Be Glorified."

May 21, 2008 | Epson ACULASER CX11NF All-In-One Printer

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spooler sub system app??

The issue occurs because of a corrupted printer driver installed and because of the Vista OS that keeps updating.

-Open up c:\windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS

-Delete the contents of the directory (not the directory).

-Restart the print spool service. (service.msc)

Jul 08, 2008 | Datacard SP55 Printer

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Spool locks

I had the same problem - to fix it, I disabled "Enable Bi-Directional Support" under the printer's properties (in windows, right click on the printer in "Printers and Faxes", go down to properties).

Worked like a charm.

Nov 08, 2005 | 3Com OfficeConnect Wireless...

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