Printer properties cannot be displayed. The print spooler service is not running
Problem is, it is running, as going to Administrative Tools -> Services in the Control Panel verifies.
One of the "printers" I have installed is "Send To OneNote 2007". I can right click on that just fine - just not this other printer. Would I be able to do that if the print spooler wasn't running?Indeed, if I do disable the print spooler, *all* the printers in "Printers and Faxes" disappear. So the fact that I'm even seeing them in the first place suggests to me that the printer spooler is running.
I posted this on microsoft.public.windowsxp.general a while ago and someone there suggested I visit this site . Problem is, C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\PRINTERS is empty. It's empty when the Print Spooler is running and it's empty when it isn't.
Also, I was unable to install KB896423 since I'm running SP3. Trying to install it got me the following:
Setup has detected that the Service Pack version of this system is newer than the updates you are applying.The printer is a "Local printer attached to this computer" connected via a "Standard TCP/IP Port". Personally, I think such a printer ought to be called "A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer", but that's the terminology the "Add Printer Wizard" uses.
There is no need to install this update.