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Print spooler service not running on Windows XP

I receive this error code "print spooler service not running" when I try to print from my HP Laptop. I am running Windows XP SP 3. It is a wireless connection. I was able to print until a few days ago. My printer is an HP C4380 all in one. Thanks for any help you can give me. (I have already ran services and stopped and restarted the print spooler.

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  • Anonymous Feb 25, 2009

    I am using Windows XP and have installed HP Deskjet 4213, it worked once and then vanished from Printer & Faxes option. Now it is giving same error which is mentioned above.

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Spooler depends on the RPC service being running. But you really need to get into event viewer and check for anything related to either RPC or Print Spooler. If you're trying to print to a network printer you could have firewall issues either within Windows or your router. Think about what changed on your system around the time this problem began.

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If you are receiving SPOOL.SVC or PRINT SPOOLER ERRORS when trying to uninstall/reinstall your printer, or when trying to print a document or access the printer properties, please follow the steps below.

The following are examples of some of the messages you may be receiving:

Spool.svc is not running. Make the service active and try again.
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Open Services Find Print Spooler in the list
Right click the service and make it stop, if its already stop set it to Start and then again give prints
Double click on the service and set "Startup type to AUTOMATIC". You should now be able to get prints from your printer
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Click on Start >> Run >> CMD >> OK

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