Windows® Vista® Printer Spooler Service Not Running
What are the causes and the tips to fix “printer spooler service not running" in Windows Vista system?
Windows Vista is a very user-friendly Operating System released from Microsoft. It is seen that while you are going to install a new network or local printer in the system, you would receive the error message that print spooler is not running. If the print spooler service is not able to run, the system would not be able to communicate with the printers which are installed in the system and the printer that you are going to install. This might be due to the wrong settings of print spooler service or the Remote Procedure Call service (RPC). Sometimes, the non-functioning of printer drivers would also cause such error. As a precaution, you would always make your system free from all the viruses.
Following are the tips to fix Windows Vista printer spooler service not running:
- Check the settings of print spooler service
- Reinstall printer drivers
- Check Remote Procedure Call service (RPC)
Check the settings of print spooler service
First of all, logon to the system and then press 'Start' button. You have to choose 'Control Panel' from the list. Then, you have to double-click the 'Administrative Tools'. If you find that this icon is missing, you need to click the 'Classic View' and then try to open the 'Administrative Tools' Window. You have to double-click the 'Services' icon and then look for the 'Print Spooler' service. You need to right-click that and select 'Start'. You have to double-click on the Print Spooler and change the startup type to 'Automatic'. As a result, the print spooler service would start automatically when you restart the system.
Reinstall printer drivers
Sometimes, issues with driver would cause the print spooler issue. These faulty drivers need to be removed and then try to install the new drivers. For doing that, click 'Start' and then take 'Control Panel'. You have to look for 'Add/Remove programs' and then double-click that. In that Window, look for the printer driver. You have to click the 'Remove' button. Then, that driver would be removed. After that, install the new compatible driver. The print spooler service would work properly.
You have to check the Remote Procedure Call service. Firstly, take 'Start' and then 'Control Panel'. You need to double-click the 'Administrative Tools'. Then, double-click 'Services', which is a shortcut icon. In the Services window, you could see the list of services which are being installed in the system. The current status of the service would also be displayed. You have to scroll down next and look for Remote Procedure Call (RPC). Then, right-click on that and select the 'Properties'. You have to ensure that Startup type is being set to 'Automatic'. You need to also make sure that the Service status is Started.
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