print spooler not running can't install print

March 22, 2011 at 16:13:56
Specs: Windows XP
I can't install my printer. When I try an error message pops up saying the spooler service is not running. When I try to turn it on through the events manager, I am told that it can't start but does not tell me why.

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March 22, 2011 at 17:52:55
Go to Start > My Computer > C drive > Windows folder > System32 folder > Spool folder > Printers folder. Then delete the contents of the Printers folder.
Close that, then go to Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services > Scroll down to "Print Spooler" and open it. Startup type: Automatic, click on "Start", click Apply & then OK.

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March 30, 2011 at 16:14:27
I tried a couple times to follow the instructions you sent. I get a message stating:
Could not start the Print Spooler service on Local Computer
Error 5: Access denied.

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March 30, 2011 at 16:46:25
xp Could not start the Print Spooler service on Local Computer Error 5: Access denied

These look good.

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September 30, 2011 at 17:26:58
Johnny: I did all the steps you suggested and still I get nowhere. One thing, you said to open the spool folder> printer folder and delete contents of the printer folder then close that all out. I couldn't get that folder to open so I could delete any of it's contents. Can you tell me what else I could do or did I do something wrong on these steps. Your help would be much appreciated. thank you, kathleen

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September 30, 2011 at 18:27:27
Millions upon millions of computer errors sixtylove, all I did was show you a few of the answers Google found, just a matter of keep Googling now.

Change the search keywords if not suitable.

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October 3, 2011 at 02:47:53

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

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