Archive for April, 2011

Windows 7 Print Spooler service keeps stopping

April 29, 2011

Had a client using Windows 7 (64bit) and every now and then she just couldn’t print.

I checked it out and found that the print spooler would simply stop (or restart if I had set the service to do that in the even of failure). I couldn’t get permissions on existing printers or printer anything.

The fix? Go here –¬†%systemroot%\system32\spool\printers and delete any files there. That worked for me on two¬†three occasions.

Why does it happen? Haven’t had to time to find out but the above seems to fix it.

Windows Server 2003. Netlogon service paused after reboot

April 24, 2011

I had an issue at PCS where the netlogon service would always be in the paused state whenever the server started. If the netlogon service is not running then no other computers can connect to it. In the case of a domain controller it effects the whole domain. No other services can work until the netlogon service is running. I found three things to try.
1. Check for USN rollback by using the command Repadmin /showutdvec (KB Article: 875495, 885875)
2. Check the Registry value “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\NTDS\Parameters, “DSA Not Writable” (REG_DWORD) and its value is 0x4.
3. Delete “DSA Not Writable” (REG_DWORD) from registry and reboot the server.

Doing numbers 2 & 3 fixed it.