Solved The print spooler service is not running

January 22, 2011 at 03:06:10
Specs: Windows XP, pentium(r)dual core/2GB

I am running Windows XP, and I have not been able to print in over two days. The printer is directly connected with a USB cable. There are no printers listed. When I try to add a printer or print from most of my software the following error message pops up: "Operation could not be completed. The print spooler service is not running." I have started the print spooler service several times, but the Print Spooler service will not remain started. In Services the Status is blank and Startup Type is automatic. I have tried to install a new printer driver downloaded from the printer manufacturer website. I have not been able to find any viruses or spy ware.

Then I got solution from site…

“ Go to System Properties>Advanced
Select Performance>Settings
Select Data Execution Prevention
Select Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select
Click Add
Paste this in to the file name box of the window that opens:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
Select Open
Select OK when you receive the warning
Select Apply “

I followed all the instruction but again the same error will come this time also.

How to solve this problem? How can able to run “ The print spooler service “

Kindly let us have your reply at the earliest.


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August 8, 2011 at 05:11:19

How to fix print spooler service is not running solution:

Locate to your desktop -> Right-click My Computer -> Select Manage -> Highlight Services and Applications -> Select Service on the right panel and then double-click it-> Find out Printer Spooler option in the right-side list and then double-click to open Print Spooler Properties window -> set the Startup type as “Automatic” and then choose Ok to confirm the operation.

When you have performed the above steps and you receive “Error 3: the system can not find the specified path”, then you will need to perform more steps to fix “the print spooler service is not running” problem:

Open your Registry Editor (Start Menu -> click Run -> type regedit in the blank and press Enter key to open your Registry Editor) -> locate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlset\Services\Spooler -> add new string value ImagePath whose value will be c:\windows\system32\spoolsv.exe. -> check whether there is spoolsv.exe on System 32 folder in your local disk and if you haven’t, you can copy one from another another PC to there. Besides, the print spooler service will depend on Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service so you need to make sure the RPC service has also turned on. -> If you cannot find out the print spooler service at the beginning, then you can export HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlset \ Services \ Spooler entry from another computer and then import it into your computer.



#1
January 22, 2011 at 07:47:08

"There are no printers listed."

If there was / is no printer listed in Control Panel - Classic View - Printers and Faxes, then it is pointless to start the print spooler service if the printer is not being detected. You need to cure the problem of the printer not being detected first.

You didn't need to Add a printer if the printer was working previously with it's existing software installation.

The solution to the initial problem may have been as simple as plugging it into a different USB port.

"I have tried to install a new printer driver downloaded from the printer manufacturer website."

You must un-install the printer's software before you install it again.
You must install the software the right way. If you install only it's drivers, it's likely the printer won't be detected properly, and/or the software for it won't work properly.

You may need to plug it into a different USB port, or if the computer is a desktop, rarely, you may have an IRQ sharing problem you need to fix.
For more details......
See response 1 and response 4
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...


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#2
February 1, 2011 at 12:22:12

I have this same issue.

@tubesandwires
In my case "There are no printers listed." is the case when the Print spooler service is not running. However, when I manually start the service and refresh the printers list the installed printers are listed. When I try to access my default printer I then get the message "Operation could not be completed. The print spooler service is not running." I check the service and it has stopped. I check the printers and there is nothing listed. I can go through this over and over but the service keeps shutting down. Any suggestions?


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#3
February 1, 2011 at 19:40:49

MFL_peon

A problem like yours is probably caused by an improper software installation. Even if it isn't, if it's caused by something getting out of whack or getting corrupted, I have wasted a lot of time in the past trying to figure out what is wrong with an existing printer software installation to have concluded you can almost always fix the problem in a lot less time by un-installing the software installation and installing it again the proper way.

See response 1 starting at
You must un-install the printer's software before you install it again.


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#4
May 10, 2011 at 00:11:15

i have the same problem but when i try starting print spooler it says " cannot use this service on safe mode but the comp is not on safe mode... any suggestions???

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#5
May 10, 2011 at 03:50:48

Open a Command Prompt window execute the below command

sc config spooler depend= RPCSS


MCITP Tutorials


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#6
May 30, 2011 at 06:26:25

I had similar problem.
Completely remove the printer software. Open control panel. Click on Administrative tools. On the next window click on Services. Window showing the services will open up. Find Printer Spooler. Double click on it and a window will open. On it set startup as Automatic and close the window. Next check if your RPC (Remote Procedure Call) is started. If not, start it the same way with startup set on automatic. Restart your computer and check again if the services have started. Reinstall the printer and the software as per manufacturer's iinstructions.
You should have no problems.

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#7
July 11, 2011 at 15:07:14

Had the same issue as janakiram (jan 22, 2011). No printing for a week+, did everything I could think of then reinstalled the "printer drivers and utilities" disc not knowing first to uninstall the current drivers (which was only listed as "Dell Laser MFP 1600n Uninstall"). Nothing worked before the new install. Nothing worked after, of course. I Let it sit another week then read your notes. Removed the "Dell...1600n Uninstall" software as you said to. Immediately, the printer booted up and started printing the documents that had been in que for the last 2 weeks. Why? I hadn't reinstalled the printer drivers, yet. My "Add and Remove Hardware" list doesn't show any Printer software at all. Yet, did a test print with an arbitrary document and it printed. "Printers and Faxes" continues to show the Dell 1600n as it only did for seconds at a time during the last 2 weeks at initial boot-up. Shouldn't the Dell Printer software be listed if the computer and printer are now communicating? With this computer's track record lately, I just don't trust it and would appreciate any incite as to what could happen next.

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#8
July 11, 2011 at 19:45:23

See response 1

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August 8, 2011 at 05:11:19
✔ Best Answer

How to fix print spooler service is not running solution:

Locate to your desktop -> Right-click My Computer -> Select Manage -> Highlight Services and Applications -> Select Service on the right panel and then double-click it-> Find out Printer Spooler option in the right-side list and then double-click to open Print Spooler Properties window -> set the Startup type as “Automatic” and then choose Ok to confirm the operation.

When you have performed the above steps and you receive “Error 3: the system can not find the specified path”, then you will need to perform more steps to fix “the print spooler service is not running” problem:

Open your Registry Editor (Start Menu -> click Run -> type regedit in the blank and press Enter key to open your Registry Editor) -> locate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlset\Services\Spooler -> add new string value ImagePath whose value will be c:\windows\system32\spoolsv.exe. -> check whether there is spoolsv.exe on System 32 folder in your local disk and if you haven’t, you can copy one from another another PC to there. Besides, the print spooler service will depend on Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service so you need to make sure the RPC service has also turned on. -> If you cannot find out the print spooler service at the beginning, then you can export HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlset \ Services \ Spooler entry from another computer and then import it into your computer.


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#10
September 11, 2011 at 20:24:16

Hi,


Go to Start / Run and type in "services.msc" without quotation marks, then press Enter or click OK.

In the window that opens (Services) look for "Print Spooler" on the right

Right-click "Print Spooler" and select "Properties".

Click on the "Recovery" tab and change all 3 drop-down boxes to "Restart The Service".

Make sure the 2 text boxes underneath say "1" in them.

Click Ok until you are back at the Services window, close it and you're good to go.

Go back into the properties of the "Print Spooler" tab and be sure to click Start to restart the Print Spooler service and it will restart the service immediately.

The Print spooler depends on the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service. Is this service disabled? Go to services.msc look for RPC. Check state: Automatic

http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/forums/printer/68459#2

Hope this information helps you.


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