Print Spooler error after Windows 8.1 update.

I updated my work computer and home computer from windows 8 to 8.1 via the app store, now both computers cannot print due to print spooler service not working, it says error 1721 not enough resources blah blah blah. i have tried starting the service via command line (net start spooler) and clicking start in the services tab in manage in pc properties. i have tried editing the registry like some people are suggesting in the web, deleting files in the printer folder in window/system32, uninstalling drivers (after removal reinstalling says cannot due to print spooler service not running). still cannot get the dam thing to work. starting to regret updating now. any help will be much appreciated.

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Last updated September 4, 2018 Views 19,254 Applies to:
Hi Rogue,

Method 1: Run Printer troubleshooter after connecting the printer directly to the Windows 8 computer.

a.       Press the ‘Windows + W’ key on the keyboard.

b.      Type troubleshooting in the search box and then press ENTER.

c.       Select Troubleshooting.

d.      Click on view all and select Printer.

e.       Click next and follow the on-screen instructions.


Method 2: Change the service type to Automatic.


a.       Press Windows +R keys.

b.      Type services.msc in the box and press enter.

c.       Now locate services called Print Spooler, make sure the services are Started and set to Automatic.

d.      To set the service to automatic, right click on the service and click automatic.

e.       Click Apply and then click ok.


Method 3: Please refer to the links and follow the troubleshooting steps.

Do get back and let us know the status of the issue, I will be glad to help you further. We, at Microsoft strive towards excellence.

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