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Print Spooler

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Coach, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Coach

    Coach Flightless Bird

    My print spooler is not working. I have had to enable something before, but
    cannot remember how i did it? I think it was something in device manager. Any
    Ideas?
     
  2. Steve Cochran

    Steve Cochran Flightless Bird

    Go to Control Panel | Administrative Tools | Services and right click on the Print spooler and choose Start or else restart and make sure its not disabled.

    steve

    "Coach" <Coach@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:E48F8969-AC5A-4351-9B93-7F58E2AA1DFA@microsoft.com...
    > My print spooler is not working. I have had to enable something before, but
    > cannot remember how i did it? I think it was something in device manager. Any
    > Ideas?
     
  3. HeyBub

    HeyBub Flightless Bird

    Coach wrote:
    > My print spooler is not working. I have had to enable something
    > before, but cannot remember how i did it? I think it was something in
    > device manager. Any Ideas?


    At a command prompt, enter

    NET START SPOOLER

    you can make it into a batch file to automatically start if you like
     
  4. Nil

    Nil Flightless Bird

    On 10 Aug 2010, "HeyBub" <heybub@gmail.com> wrote in
    microsoft.public.windowsxp.general:

    > At a command prompt, enter
    >
    > NET START SPOOLER


    That ought to work...

    > you can make it into a batch file to automatically start if you
    > like


    That may work, but it shouldn't be necessary. The Print Spooler Service
    should be set to Automatic in Services.msc. If it is set that way, but
    you keep finding it in a stopped condition after rebooting the
    computer, something is wrong - the service is crashing for some reason.
    The real problem needs to be addressed. The event log should provide
    some clues.
     
  5. HeyBub

    HeyBub Flightless Bird

    Nil wrote:
    > On 10 Aug 2010, "HeyBub" <heybub@gmail.com> wrote in
    > microsoft.public.windowsxp.general:
    >
    >> At a command prompt, enter
    >>
    >> NET START SPOOLER

    >
    > That ought to work...
    >
    >> you can make it into a batch file to automatically start if you
    >> like

    >
    > That may work, but it shouldn't be necessary. The Print Spooler
    > Service should be set to Automatic in Services.msc. If it is set that
    > way, but you keep finding it in a stopped condition after rebooting
    > the computer, something is wrong - the service is crashing for some
    > reason. The real problem needs to be addressed. The event log should
    > provide some clues.


    Right. Here's a batch file (PURGE.BAT) to dump the contents of the spool
    file.

    @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

    I use this when everything is so hoplessly FUBARed, it's just easier to
    start over than to try and cancel 100 jobs in the print queue.
     

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