Print Spooler Problem Solution

December 24th, 2010 by Alexey Abalmasov No comments »

If you are reading this post very likely you have one of the “popular” spooler problems. So what are print spooler problems in general? Spooler error you see is just a sign of a certain problem. Mention that all listed problems can be fixed by using Printer Spooler Fix Wizard:

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So here is the list:

1) Your documents stuck in print queue and you have to manually remove it or use specialized programs to clear print spooler. Or you sent document to the printer but can’t see it in the queue.

document stucks in print queue

First problem is more likely your print spooler misconfiguration and possibly you can fix it by canceling the document or restarting the spooler in “Services”. But if this doesn’t work and docs constantly jam in spooler that is the reason to use Printer Spooler Fix Utility. The second case can happen quite often as modern printers have big buffers of their own and might have already received several pages. If you have a small document it can be already sent to the printer memory and being processed by it.

2) You get “Spooler subsystem app has stopped working error” when try to print something, printer pauses but then successfully prints the document. Or it won’t print anything but print spooler will successfully start itself after.

spooler subsystem app error

99% this is driver issue. This happens when users upgrade their systems from old Windows 2000 or XP or 2003 to newer Vista or Windows 7. They use the same printer and the same driver CD that they had before. To fix this issue you need to clean your “Print” registry key leaving only default items (do not forget to backup it before by “Exporting”), download latest driver from vendors website and install them. This is a good way to workaround this print problem. But this is not a guarantee it will be fixed.

And finally,

3) The most complex print problem, when all printers disappear and you can’t even install them. Besides, print spooler is constantly off and you get following error message when trying to run “Add Printer Wizard”:

print spooler error

This is a sign of a serious problem. Very likely you have infection or some of your system files are seriously corrupted. This may happen after using some unknown third-party cleaning tools, registry cleaners or using third-party drivers for your printer. In this case you should scan your system using built-in System File Protection tool from Command Prompt:

sfc /scannow

Look for “spoolsv.exe”, and “spoolss.exe” files in %systemroot%/system32 folder and check their size. Compare it with normal size (check it in the internet) and replace if needed. But easiest way is to use Printer Spooler Fix Wizard that will scan, detect and fix all problems without any extra efforts from your side.

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Information provided by: Alexey Abalmasov

Learn How To Clear Print Spooler And Print Again

September 27th, 2010 by Alexey Abalmasov No comments »


Did you know that there a lot of ways to clear print spooler?

Yes, there are actually several ways to clear files that stuck in spooler of your printer. If you ask why it is necessary I can tell you that this is one of the simplest reasons of print spooler error or why your printer refuse to print. First, of all if following instructions won’t work and docs will continue to jam in print spooler download Printer Spooler Fix Wizard:

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Here are manual ways to clear print spooler:

1) To cancel one or more print jobs do the following:

  • Click Start, and then click Run.
  • In the Open box, type control printers, and then click OK.
  • Right-click the icon for your printer, and then click Open.
  • To cancel individual print jobs, right-click the print job that you want to cancel, and then click Cancel.
  • To cancel all print jobs, click Cancel All Documents on the Printer menu.

clear print spooler

2) Simply turn on and off your printer – this may help. Or simply restart the print spooler:

restart print spooler

3) Create special batch file that will clear the spooler.

a) Select following text:

net stop spooler
del %systemroot%\system32\spool\printers\*.shd
del %systemroot%\system32\spool\printers\*.spl
net start spooler

b) Right-click the selected text, and then click Copy.

c) In Notepad, right-click in the blank document, and then click Paste.

d) Save this file as “Fix” and change its extension to .bat so you get “fix.bat” file.

In Windows XP you just need to double click on it. In Windows Vista or 7 right click on this file and choose run as administrator.

Utility to clear print spooler in Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP and 2003

1) Dowload usink this link.
2) Extract the zip file, you will see Cleanspl.exe and PRINT_DEFAULT.reg
3) Run the Cleanspl.exe choose your PC, click “Clean Spooler” and click Yes to Start.
4) Click Yes on each notification and restart your PC.
5) When computer starts, the print spooler will be cleared.
6) Double-click PRINT_DEFAULT.reg – that will restore Print key.
7) Restart the server

Utility to clear print spooler in XP and Vista/7

1) Download Print Flush from Brad Kovach.
2) Double-click the file.
3) Try to print again.

Hope this post will be helpful. In case you are still unable to clear print spooler and continue printing use Printer Spooler Fix Wizard – it is guaranteed solution for your problem.

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Information provided by: Alexey Abalmasov