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  • alfjobson Dec 04, 2008

    Windows cant open Add Printer. The local print spooler service is not running.Please restart the spooler or restart the machine.
    I have tried to fix this all sorts of ways and nothing works. Please Help


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  1. open regedit (e.g. click Start, key regedit and press Enter)
  2. navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Drivers
under this key, there will be the keys Version-2 and Version-3 (one or the other of these may be absent - not a problem)
the sub-keys under these contain the printer driver configuration information
delete all the sub-keys inside Version-2 and Version-3, but not these keys themselves
The Microsoft Knowledgebase article at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;312052 lists some other registry entries to delete, but this is not usually necessary.
  1. open a Command Prompt window
  2. key the commands
    net stop spooler
    net start spooler

  3. open Windows Explorer
  4. navigate to %systemroot%\system32\spool\printers\ and delete any files there. By default, this is where the print spooler stores print files.
  5. navigate to %systemroot%\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86 (%systemroot% is usually Windows, but it might be winnt or something else; this is set when the OS is installed).
  6. inside w32x86, there will be folders with the names 2 and 3 (one or more of these may be absent - not a problem)
    delete all of the files and sub-folders in each of the 2 and 3 folders, but not the folders themselves
    inside w32x86, there may be other folders with names starting with "hewlett_packard", "hphp" or something else; delete these folders also
  7. restart the print spooler (see steps 8 and 9 above)

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Printer stop printing


It could be the Print Spooler service on your computer that's not properly working. Try these steps to fix the problem:
  1. Browse to Start -> Run... and type in NET STOP SPOOLER (this will stop the print spooler service)
  2. Browse to your windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS\ folder. You should see files there ending in .SPL and .SHD created around the time you tried to print - delete these files.
  3. Browse to Start -> Run... and type in NET START SPOOLER (this will restart the print spooler service)

Try to print a document again to verify that the problem is fixed.

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HOW TO CHECK AND FIX PRINT SPOOLER SERVICE THAT CAUSES UNABLE TO PRINT FILE...


HOW TO CHECK AND FIX PRINT SPOOLER SERVICE THAT CAUSES UNABLE TO PRINT FILE

Print spooler service is a computer service that loads the print jobs into the printer memory for later printing and it acts as intermediary between a computer and a printer. When the print spooler service is stopped or malfunction, printing is not possible.

Here are the possible reasons :

1. Virus or Malware infection.

2. Spooler service was stop by accident or turn off to manual/disable mode.

3.Faulty installed printer driver that contains error or incompatible with previous printer drivers installed in your computer or system.

4. Print jobs and drawing jobs were corrupted by accident which caused print que lock and resulting print spooler service to crash.

5. Your printer had printing problem issue with pdf files.


To fix this problem, you have to check if the print spooler service had stop.

Here's how to check and fix the print spooler service.

Go to START
Choose RUN
Type SERVICES.MSC
Click on PRINT SPOOLER and check if the STATUS IS STARTED
If not, on the upper left side, click on STOP to stop the spooler service
Then click on RESTART to restart the spooler
Restart your printer and your computer
Then try to print again and it will surely solve your printing problem.


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Another procedure :

Go to START
Right click on DOS command prompt and run as administrator
You should be in this command directory before you
Type CMD and be sure you are in this directory C:Windows\System32
And if not, type this to change the directory, CHDIR C:Windows\System32
Type NET STOP SPOOLER and message will appear like this


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Exit and go to C: DRIVE
Choose WINDOWS and click show content if not view all the folder files
Choose SYSTEM32
Choose SPOOL
Choose printer and delete printing jobs if any
Again right click on Command prompts and run as administrator
Type NET START SPOOLER
Exit and restart your printer and your computer
I will works fine right now.


NOTE : You can bypass the C:Drive procedure and just type NET STOP SPOOLER AND NET START SPOOLER in the DOS COMMAND PROMPT if you believe that there are no printing jobs pending.


Another procedure is to download this troubleshooting software and follows the troubleshooter wizard and it will fix your print spooler service automatically and some common problems as well.
Click here to start downloading.

I hope it helps you solving your print spooler problem. Regards to all readers.

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Please try these steps:
  1. Browse to Start -> Run... and type NET STOP SPOOLER (this will stop the print spooler service)
  2. Type NET START SPOOLER (this will restart the print spooler service)
Try to print again to verify that the problem is fixed.

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If you're using Windows, it could be due to the pc's Print Spooler service not running. Please try the steps below to fix the problem:
  1. Browse to Start -> Run... and type in NET STOP SPOOLER (this will stop the print spooler service)
  2. Browse to your windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS\ folder. You should see files there ending in .SPL and .SHD created around the time you tried to print - delete these files.
  3. Browse to Start -> Run... and type in NET START SPOOLER (this will restart the print spooler service)

Try to print a document again to verify that the problem is fixed.

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Try the steps below to fix the spooling problem:
  1. Browse to Start -> Run... and type in NET STOP SPOOLER (this will stop the print spooler service)
  2. Browse to your windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS\ folder. You should see files there ending in .SPL and .SHD created around the time you tried to print - delete these files.
  3. Browse to Start -> Run... and type in NET START SPOOLER (this will restart the print spooler service)

Try to print a document again to verify that the problem is fixed.

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Try the steps below to clear the print queue and restart your print spooler:
1. Browse to Start -> Run... and type in NET STOP SPOOLER (this will stop the print spooler service)
2. Browse to your windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS\ folder. You should see files there ending in .SPL and .SHD created around the time you tried to print - delete these files.
3. Browse to Start -> Run... and type in NET START SPOOLER (this will restart the print spooler service)
Try to print a document again to verify that the problem is fixed.

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If you're using Windows, it could be that your Print Spooler is not running properly. Please follow the steps below to fix the problem:

1. Browse to Start -> Run... and type in NET STOP SPOOLER (this will stop the print spooler service)

2. type in NET START SPOOLER (this will restart the print spooler service).


Try to print a document again to verify that the problem is fixed.

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Hi

HOW TO CHECK AND FIX PRINT SPOOLER SERVICE THAT CAUSES UNABLE TO PRINT FILE

Print spooler service is a computer service that loads the print jobs into the printer memory for later printing and it acts as intermediary between a computer and a printer. When the print spooler service is stopped or malfunction, printing is not possible.


Here are the possible reasons :

1. Virus or Malware infection.

2. Spooler service was stop by accident or turn off to manual/disable mode.

3.Faulty installed printer driver that contains error or incompatible with previous printer drivers installed in your computer or system.

4. Print jobs and drawing jobs were corrupted by accident which caused print que lock and resulting print spooler service to crash.

5. Your printer had printing problem issue with pdf files.


To fix this problem, you have to check if the print spooler service had stop.

Here's how to check and fix the print spooler service.

Go to START
Choose RUN
Type SERVICES.MSC
Click on PRINT SPOOLER and check if the STATUS IS STARTED
If not, on the upper left side, click on STOP to stop the spooler service
Then click on RESTART to restart the spooler
Restart your printer and your computer

Please rate and make a comment if you find this solution very helpful and might help others as well. Post more comments if you need more help.

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Print spooler is no less than the chief boss of printing action. Print spooler is a linking part between your PC and printing hardware. Print spooler is the only master of print department of your PC office. Print spooler is a master of all printing procedurees and it’s that what is responsible for the redress printing queue and serial printing of your documents. Any messages like “Spooler subsystem app has encountered” and “Spooler subsystem app stopped working” are a unfavourable sign that you have met printer problems and need facilitate. Spooler virus is not so wide spread but it can be a reason of printer spooler service keeps stopping. If printer spooler keeps stopping our tool is a best thing to sort it out.

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You have a choice: try perennially to cure your print spooler by yourself or get Print Spooler Fix Wizard last and all the time. Doesn’t an hour of your work cost less than Print Spooler Fix Wizard? It’s better to get high effective solution for several minutes than try to cope with printer problems manually. When you choose Print Spooler Fix Wizard you decide successful help.

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Print spooler is no less than the chief boss of printing action. Print spooler is a linking part between your PC and printing hardware. Print spooler is the only master of print department of your PC office. Print spooler is a master of all printing procedurees and it’s that what is responsible for the redress printing queue and serial printing of your documents. Any messages like “Spooler subsystem app has encountered” and “Spooler subsystem app stopped working” are a unfavourable sign that you have met printer problems and need facilitate. Spooler virus is not so wide spread but it can be a reason of printer spooler service keeps stopping. If printer spooler keeps stopping our tool is a best thing to sort it out.

Fortunately I know the program which can help you to eliminate print spooler virus without extra efforts. I see Print Spooler Fix Wizard as an optimal medicine for print spoolerWhen the whole province stopped because of corrupted print spooler function it’s significant to discover an trouble as soon as possible. Don’t wait a wonder from your printer – it’s nothing without its print spooler. It’s not required to find another place to copy any documents because you can cure your own printer with the assist of Printer Spooler Fix Wizard for five minutes.
Printer problems: is it an boring chance or a reason of why the whole department interrupts its earn money? When you end your earn money sending a paper into your printing waiting line print spooler only begins its earn money. Are you really sure that high-effectively your print spooler will ever hold out against print spooler virus? You needn’t activate to buy a up-to-date printer if you have Printer Spooler Fix Wizard. So fast and effectual treatment as Spooler Fix Wizard may become a salvation of your province printing capabilities. Just as you need your printer earn moneys now and printing tasks can’t be call off we suggest you Printer Spooler Fix Wizard.

You have a choice: try perennially to cure your print spooler by yourself or get Print Spooler Fix Wizard last and all the time. Doesn’t an hour of your work cost less than Print Spooler Fix Wizard? It’s better to get high effective solution for several minutes than try to cope with printer problems manually. When you choose Print Spooler Fix Wizard you decide successful help.
All the best Pineworks

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