Windows 7 Print Spooler service keeps stopping

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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.

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4 Responses to “Windows 7 Print Spooler service keeps stopping”

  1. scot Says:

    That may not be enough. Also try hotfixes and instructions given here: http://www.printer-spooler.com/120/windows-7-print-spooler-error-windows-7-print-spooler-error-now-fixed/

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  3. Mathias Says:

    Good post but I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this subject?

    I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Many thanks!

    • tipster Says:

      Hi Mathias,

      What did you need to know? When I find a problem that I’m sure I’m not going to remember, I generalyl throw it in this blog and reference it later if need be. For this one, I didn’t come back to it so havent’ delved into the reasons but from what I can gather it’s something to do with the spooled data not clearing out properly after it finished sending to the printer.

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