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Printing initiation is very slow.

I have 2 hard disk where I made 2 partition. One was FAT32 (20GB) and another was NTFS (320GB) Both of them are equipped with Windows XP. The problem is when I wish to print something using the NTFS drive, it takes about 5 minutes for printing to initiate which is so slow. But the problem doesn't occur if I use the FAT32 drive where I can print immediately. I have identified that it's not lack of disk space. Can anyone PLEASE give me the solution?

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  • ahmadzx Apr 14, 2009

    Yes, the printer spooler was set to automatic. Is there anything wrong?

  • ahmadzx Apr 14, 2009

    Drivers? Well both of my hard drives use Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 2. Both of them prints on Canon Pixma MP145 All in One.

    I got 2 XP on one computer because the FAT32 one has lots of office works and backups while NTFS one has a lot of graphic, multimedia and games. Yes I use both of them regularl.

  • ahmadzx Apr 14, 2009

    I get to choose 2 OS upon startup it look like this before Windows Startup:-

    Microsoft Windows XP Professional <-- The NTFS
    Microsoft Windows XP Professional <-- The FAT32
    Microsoft Windows <-- The FAT32 using Windows ME

    Please be informed that I use 2 HARD DISK in one PC and not the partition. It can be either the NTFS or FAT32 that shows Healthy(Boot).

  • Randall  Trahan
    Randall Trahan May 11, 2010

    The optimum situation is to be able to use Print Spooler separately for each version of Windows you have. Right now you are sharing print spooler so that's why it takes so long. But seems like if you installed Windows XP twice, then you would have separate spoolers...??

  • Randall  Trahan
    Randall Trahan May 11, 2010

    No its what it is supposed to be. Do one more thing I want to know what the active partition is; that's the partition Windows uses to boot up. If its the 20GB, then it has access to resources first. Do same thing, start>control panel>admin tools>Computer Management>Disk Management.

    Look at the writing in each of the partitions and tell me which one says boot, active....

  • Randall  Trahan
    Randall Trahan May 11, 2010

    Check the print spooler application first and make sure it is set to automatic. Click start>control panel>admin tools>Services>then scroll down to print spooler. You can right click on it if it is not on automatic.


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What drivers are you using on each partition - what version of xp is on each partition and if you restart the print spooler on both of them does that help ?

Also why have you got 2 installations of xp on one computer using 2 filing systems ?

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