spoolsv.exe process using close to 100% of CPU resources

Posted on 2007-10-17
Last Modified: 2012-06-21

I have a process - spoolsv.exe - that has been using close to 100% of my CPU.  It's running from the WINDOWS\system32 folder, and according to Security Task Manager is legit.  Question then is, why is it taking so much of the CPU?

I have ended the process a couple of times before knowing exactly what it is with no success, it keeps coming back.  I had been running Photoshop CS2 and Bridge previously as well as printing photos on an Epson printer, but all programs have been closed.

I'm running Windows XP Pro on a MacBook Pro with 4GB RAM.

Appreciate any input-
Question by:jgerbitz
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    Expert Comment

    Try the following

    stop the spoolsv service
    reinstall your printer drivers ( u may even need to do it going to safe mode)
    restart and check what happens

    Also you can also look into checking spywares and using online virus scanners
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    Accepted Solution

    Hello jgerbitz,

    This might be because of corrupt spool files.

    Try the following:
    - Go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services and stop the Print Spooler services
    - Now go to C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\PRINTERS and delete the files there. *.SHD and *.SPL.
    - Now restart the print spool service.



    Author Comment

    Tried archang3l's suggestion first since it didn't involve any re-installation... and it seems to have worked!  I tried printing a document and it behaved normally and disappeared when the printing finished.  Perfect.

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    Expert Comment

    No probs, glad it solved your problem.


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