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

Hi,

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-
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jgerbitzAsked:
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archang3lCommented:
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.

Regards,

archang3l
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jvuzCommented:
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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jgerbitzAuthor Commented:
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.

Thanks!
Jens
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jvuzCommented:
No probs, glad it solved your problem.

Jvuz
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