Printer Spooler Service Not Running in Windows® XP®
What are the causes of printer spooler service not running in Windows XP?
Print spooler is an application that manages the print commands in the printer that are given by the user. If the printer spooler has any problem, the Windows will inform you. The printer spooler service may not run in Windows XP if any other print driver is installed on your system. One of the other issues would be caused due to virus attack. If the printer spooler is not running, you cannot add the printer. So you have to type 'net start spooler' on the Command Prompt. If you get this error message, you have to check the RPC and print spooler services which are running. These error messages would be shown when you are trying to start or stop the printer spooler. In this case, you need to download and install the software which is provided by the Microsoft in order to fix it.
Points below will give you information about what to do if the printer spooler service is not running in Windows XP:
- Reset print spooler service
- Uninstalling and Reinstalling Printer Drivers
- Tips to fix
Reset print spooler service
You need to reset the printer spooler service, if it is not running in Windows XP. So, first of all, you have to select the 'Control Panel' and open the ‘Administrative tools’. Then, you need to open the 'Services' window. This window will display the list of all services that are installed on the computer. It also shows the status of each service. Then, you have to scroll down the list to find out the ‘RPC’ service. You have to right-click on the RPC service and select the ‘Properties’. Make sure that the ‘Startup type’ is set to Automatic and ‘Service status’ shows ‘started’. Then, you have to find ‘print spooler’ from the list of services and select the ‘Properties’. You have to set the ‘start up type’ to ‘automatic’. Then, click the ‘Stop’ button in the 'service status’ area of this window. When it indicates ‘stopped’, you have to click the ‘Start’ button for restarting the service. This will recover your printer spooler problem.
Uninstalling and Reinstalling Printer Drivers
You can try uninstallation and reinstallation process, if the print spooler service is not running in Windows XP. For uninstalling, you have to go to 'Control Panel' and double-click on ‘Add or Remove programs’. Then, you have to scroll down the list of installed programs to find your printer. Click on the program including your printer driver and then click ‘Remove’ button. This will remove all the printer programs from your computer. Then, you have to reinstall using the printer manual. After this process, your printer spooler will work without any problem.
You have to download the latest drivers to make your printer be accessible to all the devices and enhancements. You can delete all the files in the spool folder from safe mode. Editing in the system registry will change the function of the RPC, so you need to avoid incorrect settings on your OS.
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