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Can't clear print queue

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Herzl Regev, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. Herzl Regev

    Herzl Regev Flightless Bird

    How do I clear the print queue?
    I've tried "net stop spooler" and deleted all in
    /WINDOWS/System32/spool/PRINTERS, to no avail.

    The OS is XP Home SP3. The printer is HP psc 1200.
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Herzl Regev" <HerzlRegev@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:03C416F4-BE1D-4CE5-A865-4F5D0FD3EC57@microsoft.com...
    > How do I clear the print queue?
    > I've tried "net stop spooler" and deleted all in
    > /WINDOWS/System32/spool/PRINTERS, to no avail.
    >
    > The OS is XP Home SP3. The printer is HP psc 1200.


    What happened when you deleted the files in the Printers folder? Did any of
    them stay behind? Any screen message?
     
  3. Patrick Keenan

    Patrick Keenan Flightless Bird

    "Herzl Regev" <HerzlRegev@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:03C416F4-BE1D-4CE5-A865-4F5D0FD3EC57@microsoft.com...
    > How do I clear the print queue?
    > I've tried "net stop spooler" and deleted all in
    > /WINDOWS/System32/spool/PRINTERS, to no avail.
    >
    > The OS is XP Home SP3. The printer is HP psc 1200.


    Have you restarted the PC?
     
  4. LD55ZRA

    LD55ZRA Flightless Bird

    You just need to right-Click on the systems tray icon for the printer and
    then select open. You can now delete the jobs listed in there but you need
    to be an administrator or a user who sent the job in the first place.

    hth

    "Herzl Regev" <HerzlRegev@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:03C416F4-BE1D-4CE5-A865-4F5D0FD3EC57@microsoft.com...
    > How do I clear the print queue?
    > I've tried "net stop spooler" and deleted all in
    > /WINDOWS/System32/spool/PRINTERS, to no avail.
    >
    > The OS is XP Home SP3. The printer is HP psc 1200.
     
  5. Herzl Regev

    Herzl Regev Flightless Bird

    First of all, the problem went away, but it might return. Re the replies:

    before trying the way I listed, I already tried the way suggested by LD55ZRA.

    when I deleted the files in /WINDOWS/System32/spool/PRINTERS, nothing was
    left, but the printer queue stayed occupied. I didn't reboot the PC. What
    seems to have worked was that I closed that window that I got from "opening"
    the printer. Before that I disconnected the printer, turned it off - didn't
    help.
     
  6. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Herzl Regev" <HerzlRegev@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:27322FB6-8A35-49B2-962B-53835385BBD9@microsoft.com...
    > First of all, the problem went away, but it might return. Re the replies:
    >
    > before trying the way I listed, I already tried the way suggested by
    > LD55ZRA.
    >
    > when I deleted the files in /WINDOWS/System32/spool/PRINTERS, nothing was
    > left, but the printer queue stayed occupied. I didn't reboot the PC. What
    > seems to have worked was that I closed that window that I got from
    > "opening"
    > the printer. Before that I disconnected the printer, turned it off -
    > didn't
    > help.


    I think you were deceived. Cleaning out the Printers folder is a
    non-approved way of doing things and your printer screen will not update
    itself automatically. If you did a screen refresh (e.g. with F5) then you
    would immediately see an empty print queue.
     
  7. HeyBub

    HeyBub Flightless Bird

    Herzl Regev wrote:
    > How do I clear the print queue?
    > I've tried "net stop spooler" and deleted all in
    > /WINDOWS/System32/spool/PRINTERS, to no avail.
    >
    > The OS is XP Home SP3. The printer is HP psc 1200.


    You may have to build in a pause (the "ping" command).

    The following batch file works for me:

    @echo off
    echo.
    echo Purging the print queue . . .
    net stop Spooler
    echo Deleting all print jobs . . .
    ping localhost -n 4 > nul
    del /q %SystemRoot%\system32\spool\printers\*.*
    net start Spooler
    echo Done!
    ping localhost -n 4 > nul
     
  8. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    HeyBub wrote:
    > Herzl Regev wrote:
    >> How do I clear the print queue?
    >> I've tried "net stop spooler" and deleted all in
    >> /WINDOWS/System32/spool/PRINTERS, to no avail.
    >>
    >> The OS is XP Home SP3. The printer is HP psc 1200.

    >
    > You may have to build in a pause (the "ping" command).
    >
    > The following batch file works for me:
    >
    > @echo off
    > echo.
    > echo Purging the print queue . . .
    > net stop Spooler
    > echo Deleting all print jobs . . .
    > ping localhost -n 4 > nul
    > del /q %SystemRoot%\system32\spool\printers\*.*
    > net start Spooler
    > echo Done!
    > ping localhost -n 4 > nul


    Actually, when taking a second look at the batch file you will see that
    all that the ping command does is give the user a bit of time to see and
    read the echo...

    John
     
  9. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnot.nb.ca> wrote in message
    news:-OPqbpkE0KHA.6140@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > HeyBub wrote:
    >> Herzl Regev wrote:
    >>> How do I clear the print queue?
    >>> I've tried "net stop spooler" and deleted all in
    >>> /WINDOWS/System32/spool/PRINTERS, to no avail.
    >>>
    >>> The OS is XP Home SP3. The printer is HP psc 1200.

    >>
    >> You may have to build in a pause (the "ping" command).
    >>
    >> The following batch file works for me:
    >>
    >> @echo off
    >> echo.
    >> echo Purging the print queue . . .
    >> net stop Spooler
    >> echo Deleting all print jobs . . .
    >> ping localhost -n 4 > nul
    >> del /q %SystemRoot%\system32\spool\printers\*.*
    >> net start Spooler
    >> echo Done!
    >> ping localhost -n 4 > nul

    >
    > Actually, when taking a second look at the batch file you will see that
    > all that the ping command does is give the user a bit of time to see and
    > read the echo...
    >
    > John


    The batch file comes out of my kitchen and yes, this was exactly the purpose
    of the ping command. Some day, if you're interested, I'll explain the
    contortions I had to go through to get around the UAC restrictioins under
    Windows 7 . . .
     
  10. regbrown

    regbrown Flightless Bird

    "Herzl Regev" wrote:

    > How do I clear the print queue?
    > I've tried "net stop spooler" and deleted all in
    > /WINDOWS/System32/spool/PRINTERS, to no avail.
    >
    > The OS is XP Home SP3. The printer is HP psc 1200.
     

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