Is it possible to rebuild Win7 print spooler?

Microsoft Windows 7 ultimate 32-bit
December 3, 2010 at 20:21:46
Specs: Windows 7
The print spooler in Windows 7 Ultimate has suddenly stopped running, and I can't add printers. I've tried restarting it manually but it quits again after about 60 seconds. There have been a dozen "fixes" online, from deleting all the printer drivers to taking ownership of the spooler .exe file, but nothing has worked.

Am I stuck just reinstalling Windows 7 (and everything else), or does anyone have a better idea? Is it possible to "rebuild" just the print spooler system in Windows 7?

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December 3, 2010 at 21:16:01
try typing sfc \scannow in the run box,
sfc=system file check, it may fix a damaged spooler..

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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December 3, 2010 at 23:00:29
Thanks, I tried that several times. Message I got was that it found corrupt files but couldn't repair them.

I've been in IT for 20 years and this one really has me stumped. I'm not alone, apparently, judging by the number of threads with the same problem that I found all over the Net.

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December 4, 2010 at 05:20:29
Did you try system restore? What about putting in your install DVD and doing a repair install?
This is one of those times when the 3 partition set up (OS, Programs, Files) would help since reinstalling would not mean reinstalling everything, just the first partition/Windows 7 OS.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.

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December 4, 2010 at 08:16:34
Disable Print spooler service in Services.msc and restart Windows.

You should cancel all print jobs.

Then you should restart Print spooler service and put it on automatic.


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December 4, 2010 at 11:58:14
Thanks, suatcini, I'll try that - it's about the only thing I haven't tried yet :-(

Fingers - I don't use System Restore. I've found that every time I do, my system ends up worse off than before. It's easier to move my data to drive D: and reimage C: (not as efficient as the partitioning - I do wish I'd thought of that!

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December 4, 2010 at 17:45:05
Thanks to all but I finally gave up the ghost and just ran a Win 7 upgrade (on my Win7). It fixed the printing problems and left me all my data, without any major loss. Wish I'd known earlier it would be relatively painless. Anyway, took less than 2 hrs., for anyone else with the same problem.

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