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Adding the printer connection failed – Get rid of error

October 28th, 2011


So this article is devoted to the error:

adding the printer connection failed

That occurs to your Print Spooler on the step when you are trying to install your printer and connect it via USB or search for it in the network. In stead of successfully connecting your printer and starting to print you see this:

Add Printer
Adding the printer connection failed. The local print spooler service is not running. Please restart the spooler or restart the machine.

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Driver issue

And as you see it is very similar to errors I described in other articles. If this happens only to one printer and you can easily connect others thats surely the drivers deal and you should find newest driver for your printer on the web. Here is a list of main printer vendors and url where you can find latest updates on your printer:

Generally you can easily find your driver by typing in Google:

“Your Printer Model” driver download

and locate your vendors website.

Print Spooler issue

However, if printer refuses to connect even with the newest driver here what you can do. There is standard Microsoft multi-system automatic Fix It tool that is intended to work out such types of problems. It can be downloaded here: Microsoft Fix It for Print Spooler

It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, however you will need .NET Framework of at least 2.0 version to be installed on XP (Others have this by default). Basically, what it does is restarting spooler and cleaning cache, but if this operation is unsuccessful it restores all Print Spooler settings to default ones.

Other great tool that can help you in fix process is “cleanspl.exe” or CleanSpooler utility that is a part of Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit but works perfectly on other versions of Windows (except Windows 7).

Here is how it look like:

clean spooler utility

It is quite easy to use and effective however here is “how-to” video that shows how to install and use it. Mention that it will wipe all your printers and you will need to reinstall them.

In case above instructions and tools don’t help you we recommend you to use Printer Spooler Fix Wizard – advanced tool in solving complex Print Spooler service problems. Download it via the link below.

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P.S. Mention that Printer Spooler Fix Wizard is NOT a free tool as we work on it everyday and have support staff helping people all over the world.

Information provided by: Alexey Abalmasov

Local print spooler – Fixing Issues

March 30th, 2010

Local Print Spooler error description

If we are talking about local print spooler issue (or error) we usually mean this kind of problem in Windows Vista or Windows 7:

local print spooler error

This error that states that “local print spooler service is not running” appears while trying to add new printer device. This means that some error occurred to your Print Spooler and this will result inability to print anything and all your printers will disappear from “Devices and Printers”. This can be a temporary accident (one-time error) and after several minutes your local print spooler service will restart itself.

But in difficult cases it can stay turned off even after reboot or will continuously crash after every attempt to start it. You can easily solve this problem using Printer Spooler Fix Wizard. This is simple-to-use and effective tool that will fix local print spooler error by finding and removing the source of the problem. You can download it here:

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Fixing Procedure

If you would like to fix error on your own here are basic steps to get rid of local print spooler error:

  1. Remove OLD printer drivers and references about them in registry (clean “Print” key).
  2. Check Print Spooler dependences (basically just run sc config spooler depend= rpcss command in Command Prompt.)
  3. Make sure Print Spooler is running (or start it yourself using “Services” or Command Prompt and command net start spooler.)
  4. If spooler started successfully and keeps running you can proceed to installing printer driver. Mention that it is always better to find and install latest version of driver to your printer downloaded from the web. Standard Windows drivers are far not the best.
  5. While installing it is strongly recommended to configure the right port – for local printers it is USB001, USB002 etc., network printer should normally be located by “Add network, wireless or Bluetooth printer” or just by choosing one of the pre-configured IP ports.

If you don’t want to mess with registry files or all this setting you can use Printer Spooler Fix Wizard.

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In case you can’t fix print spooler error or it continuously re-appearing you can use one tweak by actually turning off spooling and start printing directly to printer:

turn off spooling documents

You can do it by going to “Printer properties” go to advanced tab and choose “Print directly to printer” option.

Information provided by: Alexey Abalmasov