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Printers vanished and can't add printer

Suddenly this afternoon I can not print.  Windows tells me that the print  
spooler service is not running.  I have started the print spooler several  
times and verified that it starts automatically.No matter what printer  
related action I try to take (install, delete, open properties, etc), I  
recieve the message "Operation could not be completed.  The print spooler  
service is not running."
Again, I have already tried the starting the print spooler solution, but  
when I try to do something in the control panel that involves printers, the  
print spoolers stops.  
Help, please.

Posted by Randell on

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  • Anonymous Dec 13, 2007

    Operation could not be completed. The print spooler service is not running.

  • Anonymous Dec 28, 2007

    +1 The same message, the same problem.

  • Jeprox Mar 10, 2008

    I have the same problem, I tried to uninstall and install the printer software but am still getting the same error message.

  • Anonymous Jul 28, 2008

    Can't print, message states "print spooler service is not running". I don't know where to begin. Do I need to uninstall and then reinstall software?

  • Anonymous Jan 21, 2009

    Same thing, same problem.



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Your shell extensions have a software conflict. The offending piece of software will have to be determined and removed, or at least stopped, before re-booting the computer. You may be able to repair the problem using the System Restore option.

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How would I determine which software is causing the conflict in the shell extension? System restore is not working.

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Suddenly this afternoon I can not print. Windows tells me that the print spooler service is not running. I have started the print spooler several times and verified that it starts automatically.No matter what printer related action I try to take (install, delete, open properties, etc), I recieve the message "Operation could not be completed. The print spooler
service is not running."

Posted on Jan 27, 2008


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It could be due to the Print Spooler on your computer. Please follow steps below to ensure print spooler service is running and print queue is clear from pending print jobs.
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  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)
  4. Double click the printer icon in the lower-right corner of your taskbar to examine your print job queue and browse to View -> Refresh.
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