winspool.drv suddenly missing in Win7

April 24, 2011 at 09:53:07
Specs: Windows 7
My hubby's Win7 pc crashed. We ran some of the Windows recovery programs and now the PC is working but he can't print and some of his programs don't work. We keep getting the error message that winspool.drv is missing. I have searched his hard drive and it is still in the system folder so I'm guessing is corrupted. I also bought & run TuneUpMedic hoping that would solve the problem but it has not. Any suggestions as to how I can restore this file without completely reloading his software. His printer is an Epson NX420 & is running wirelessly. I can print to it but he can't. Thanks for any suggestions.


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April 24, 2011 at 12:19:45
Disconnect then Delete all the printers from the printer folder. Remove the driver if it asks. Reboot the system. Verify all printers are gone. Install a printer following the directions on the CD. Don't connect the printer until the install software instructs to do so.

If that doesn't do it, the system print spooler is probably at fault. Back up the hard drive and reinstall the operating system. Destructive restore as defined by some manufacturers. ALL DATA ON THE DRIVE WILL BE DELETED!!! Proceed with caution. Copy everything you want or THINK you might want to another drive or burn to a DVD or CD disk.

System restore doesn't install all the necessary drivers / files / pictures you have added since purchase / install. You may need to re-install all non functioning applications and devices. The data can be copied back to the original location from the back up device. Most applications find it upon restart.

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