How do I fix windows 7 print spooler?

How do I fix windows 7 print spooler?  Every time I print , since the computer was brand new, I have had to use troubleshoot to restart the spooler for any printer connected to my computer to print.
This problem occurs for any type of printer.
Its been a year of this and I can't take it any more.   help..
 

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Last updated July 25, 2019 Views 24,178 Applies to:

Hi,

Check with the printer maker for updated drivers and their Support and Forums for known issues.

Check chan vu's message here - the very top one.

fixed spooler subsystem app stopped working
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/itprovistaprinting/thread/460f297a-dd66-4476-a176-542e1519ca3e

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Do these as sort of prerequisites :

Clean up general corruption and repair/replace any damaged/missing files.

Run DiskCleanup - Start - All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disk Cleanup

Start - type this in Search Box ->  COMMAND   find at top and RIGHT CLICK  -  RUN AS ADMIN

Enter this at the prompt - sfc /scannow

How to Repair Windows 7 System Files with System File Checker
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1538-sfc-scannow-command-system-file-checker.html

Then run checkdisk (chkdsk).

How to Run Disk Check in Windows 7
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/433-disk-check.html

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References to Vista also apply to Windows 7.

Go to Printer maker's Site and get the latest drivers - Download - SAVE - do not install yet. When ready
to install - Right Click on the driver - Run As Admin.

Also check with your Printer Maker's Support and any Forums.

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Use this method to clear the spooler then uninstall and reinstall your printer (check with the maker for
the latest driver).

Check the Mr Fixits here and if you have to use the other methods go back and try them again afterwards.

Printing problems and printing errors - a Mr Fixit
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/printing_problems

Troubleshoot printer problems - a Mr Fixit
http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/help/8c11977e-8244-408f-a036-7978a618d7a21033.mspx

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Logon as Admin

Start - type in Search box -> COMMAND - find at top of list and RIGHT CLICK - RUN AS ADMIN

you can copy and paste each line in except the ones in brackets and hit enter after each.

net stop Spooler

(will echo Deleting all print jobs) <-- you should see this returned

ping localhost -n 4 > nul

del /q %SystemRoot%\system32\spool\printers\*.*

net start Spooler

(will echo Done!) <-- you should see this returned

ping localhost -n 4 > nul

Another way
http://4sysops.com/archives/how-to-cancel-a-print-job-that-hangs-under-windows-vista-and-xp/

Check the print cue - DELETE/STOP all jobs - then Right Click on printer - DELETE Printer
http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/bb6f81d9-4092-4ac8-9716-2bd008f513e11033.mspx

If using Control Panel - Classic - Printers

Try after unplugging your printer if needed.
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Also check the Print Spooler Service and its dependencies and their dependencies.

Windows 7
http://www.blackviper.com/2009/01/13/black-vipers-windows-7-service-configurations/#more-2989

Windows 7 Service Pack 1
http://www.blackviper.com/2010/12/17/black-vipers-windows-7-service-pack-1-service-configurations/

How to Fix Windows Vista Print Spooler not Starting
http://www.ehow.com/how_4920100_vista-print-spooler-not-starting.html

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Check this thread if needed - stop and clear the spooler

http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vistaperformance/thread/a15779d6-ac0d-42fd-9ac2-a1da241ea19f/

and here

http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vistahardware/thread/58b54fa9-cf6f-40f7-90b2-8093c6777493

Hope this helps.


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Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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Thank you.
But before I find myself spending countless hours "patching this windows problem" I would like to point out that the spooler stops responding regardless of printer flavour.
I have tried seven different printers, deleting drivers & reloading the latest greatest win7 driver, in each case there was no improvement.

All the dependencies are set to auto start, no delay, except the HTTP, which I cannot find in order  to verify.


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Hi,

Keep in mind that hundreds of millions of users do not have this issue. So what remains?

1. The very first printer driver caused an errant change creating the issue. Which in turn
also affected all the other printers.

Did you actually uninstall the original printer (that alone might not fix the issue). Did you
update the printer drivers?

2. There was some other cause that in part or whole led to the issue such as antivirus/
security programs among the many possibilities.

A. Use all the methods in the troubleshooter above and the ones below if needed. Note the
ones below probably will not help if the conditions and settings covered in the original
troubleshooter are still in place. So those have to be tried in a diligent manner.

B. Set ALL the services back to their defaults.

Windows 7
http://www.blackviper.com/2009/01/13/black-vipers-windows-7-service-configurations/#more-2989

Windows 7 Service Pack 1
http://www.blackviper.com/2010/12/17/black-vipers-windows-7-service-pack-1-service-configurations/

C. Try a Repair Installation which allows you to keep the programs and data though
redundant backups are always a good idea.

How to Do a Repair Install to Fix Windows 7
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html

Hope this helps.


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Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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Well, sadly, once again I have used up valuable time and to no avail.

With todays efforts I think that I have put in about 25 hours since dec. 2010 on this one problem.

Except for re-installing win7,I have followed every link in the last two replies.

I have double checked the un-installed / install software status of any/ all printers that I may have come in contact with.

I shut down and restarted the computer after each change.
I individually re-started each service that is related to print spooler or related to the related service.
Only re-starting or stopping and starting print spooler kicks the print job out the door & into the printer.....????

testing with the newest printer... the hp diagnostic software prints its (non windows) test page instantly.

It is perplexing.

I have treated this computer like gold.  I let win-update 'do its thing without interference', although I do review the updates before letting it proceed.
I have not tried to do any fancy networking, internet file sharing or remote access.

At the risk of further agitating the pseudo-friendly win7 environment my last action was to enable every service listed, even ones that I consider dangerous to malware-hacking.

I guess its time to pay someone to fix this before my computer is out of date.

Thanks anyways...

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Hi,

Enabling all the possible services would not be the answer..... setting all back to
there defaults would be the best move.

If you used all of those methods down to and including the Repair Installation then
a re-installation would be the next step.

Be sure to have redundant backups of data off the Windows drive and even better
off the computer.

Frankly I would not waste any money looking for someone to fix it since the only
step most could attempt would be the re-install.

Unfortunately you are among the few (not sure I even know of another) that had a
spooler error the methods in the previous troubleshooters did not help to eliminate.

Hope this helps.

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Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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