Spooler Subsystem App – How to fix it?

July 9th, 2008 by Alexey Abalmasov Leave a reply »

Part 1: Problem Report

Problem Description:

One constantly getting error in Windows XP, Vista or Windows Seven telling that “Spooler Subsystem App stopped working”. Thats how it generally looks in Windows XP:

“Spooler Subsystem App has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.”

Thats spooler error in Windows Vista:

“Spooler Subsystem App has stopped working. Windows can check online for a solution to the problem”.

And here is appearance of this error in Windows Seven:

“Spooler Subsystem App stopped working and was closed. A problem caused the application to stop working correctly. Windows will notify you if a solution is available.”

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Common reasons of spooler subsystem app error are:

  • Registry corruption
  • File corruption
  • Old drivers error
  • Driver incompatibility
  • Print Spooler service options error

In this article I’ll give additional tips of how to fix this error. First of all try everything described in Spoolsv application error fix article.

Part 2: Fix

Step 1: Using Microsoft Spooler Fix It troubleshooter.

Not a long time ago Microsoft released problem solver for different types of print spooler issues. However, results are controversial as in most cases this tool can’t even determine the reason of the problem. Spooler Fix it and some official error details can be found here: MS Spooler Fix it. Just click “Run” button on the screen message.

Install application and follow on-screen instructions. If this won’t solve your problem

Step 2: Adjusting Print Spooler options

This step is mainly related to Windows Vista and 7. Due to some reasons Vista stops using LPD (Line Printer Daemon) Print Service and LPR (Line Printer Remote) Port Monitor using only Internet Printing Client. Changing this settings sometimes make error disappear.

  1. Go to “Programs and Features” in “Control panel“.
  2. Click “Turn Windows features on or off“.
  3. Click on a plus sign near “Print and Document Services“.
  4. Select “LPD Print Service” and “LPR Port Monitor”. Uncheck “Internet Printing Client“.
  5. Restart your PC.

Check if error still occur when trying to install printer or actually printing.

Step 3: Additional registry fixes

I wrote a lot about cleaning “Print” and “Spooler” keys from Registry Editor. Here is one more tip that can help you redeem the error. Especially if you are using network printers.

  1. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Printers\Connections key.
  2. Right-click on it and choose “Export”. Export .reg file somewhere on your PC.
  3. Locate keys containing printers names under Connections key.
  4. Remove all this keys.
  5. Restart and try to install your printers.

Step 4: Choose the right port.

If your print spooler service is running perfectly but when you try to print you get the “Spooler Subsystem App…” error or just nothing happens maybe you just need to set the right port for your printer. On default your printer will be installed on LPT1 port. LPT states for: Line Print Terminal. However, very often you need to set port USB001 (or other USB) to make printer work.

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If none of the above solutions worked download Printer Spooler Fix Wizard v. 1.3 and solve this problem without going deep into all this technical details. Tool is designed to fix all kinds of print spooler errors.

About Alexey Abalmasov

Alexey AbalmasovPost is written by Alexey Abalmasov who is a technology blogger, tech support specialist and simply an IT guy. I have 5 year expertise in solving certain problems with Windows OS as well as removing viruses. You can follow me on Twitter or on Facebook


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