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Fixing Problems with Printer Spooler

The job of print spooler is to temporarily store the items that need to be printed until the printer is ready for the job. The software stores the print jobs for a short time, but sometimes errors have occurred with the software, especially Windows 7 Printer Spooler has many issues. Sometimes the queued prints are not completed, or there are error messages or the printer takes ages to get the prints ready. This can be rather frustrating especially if you are in a hurry.

There are a few things you can do to try and fix the problems. You might not be successful in the first attempt, but one of the methods should get the job done.

Change the properties of the spooler

This is a good place to begin. Open the properties window for the Windows 7 Printer Spooler and look at the general tab. The stop and start options will be there. You could try stopping and starting the spooler. You could select the automatic startup option so that the spooler starts up each time your computer does.


Restoring to default settings

If the above mentioned option didn’t help then you might need to resort to sterner measures; resetting to default being one of them. Stop the spooler, then access the C:\Windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS file. Delete everything contained in the folder, but don’t delete the folder itself. Note that if you have any print jobs queued up; they will be removed following this action. Now restart the spooler and check if the issue has been fixed.

Check the driver software

It’s possible that your driver for the printer might be outdated, if so then check for updates and then install if any updates are found. Alternately if the software is corrupted then you should uninstall it from your system and then reinstall an uncorrupted version.

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