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Where are spool files located on a network Windows 2000 server ??

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It is very difricult to cancel  ajob on our network hp 8150  - I was wondering where on the server drive are the specific spool files kept for individual printers such as th e 8150. I thought it was in C:\winnnt -

Im on a Windows 2000 server ..


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There should be a file labled print$ or prnproc$ in C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers or C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\PRTPROCS

Here is some information that may help you with your speed issue:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/en/advanced/help/default.asp?url=/windows2000/en/advanced/help/sag_PRINTconcepts_04A.htm

Let me know how it works out.

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Keola75,

    Those files are not present on my print/file server in the c directorys. Are they temp files ?? that only exist during printing ??

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I've added a couple of links that might bring us closer to the solution.  First off, though, have you taken a look at the event log to see if there is any errors being logged related to your printing issues?  The log you want to look at is on your server.  The last link is to a microsoft knowledge-based article on a print spool error and may be the cause of your problem.  To answer your other question, the print spools should only be temporary and once the job is printed, should be deleted.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/archive/winntas/support/trblshoot/13wntpca.mspx?mfr=true

http://labmice.techtarget.com/windows2000/printing/print_spooling.htm

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=216221
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