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Spooler Quits

Posted on 2008-06-26
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I have windows vista Home premium and my print spooler stops every 2 seconds

Problem Event Name:      APPCRASH
  Application Name:      spoolsv.exe
  Application Version:      6.0.6001.18000
  Application Timestamp:      4791956c
  Fault Module Name:      ntdll.dll
  Fault Module Version:      6.0.6001.18000
  Fault Module Timestamp:      4791a7a6
  Exception Code:      c0000005
  Exception Offset:      000659c3
  OS Version:      6.0.6001.2.1.0.768.3
  Locale ID:      1033
  Additional Information 1:      40d4
  Additional Information 2:      4062ad41ec8067256aa4c5e2b56d3c79
  Additional Information 3:      40d4
  Additional Information 4:      4062ad41ec8067256aa4c5e2b56d3c79

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Is the printer attached locally or through a network?
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Locally
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1.      If you do not have a Lexmark printer installed, go to step 4. If you do have a Lexmark printer installed, go to step 2.
2.      If the Lexmark print service is installed on your computer, turn off the LexBce Server service. To do this, follow these steps:
a.       Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Manage.
b.       Expand Services and Applications, and then click Services.
c.       In the details pane, right-click LexBce Server, and then click Properties.
d.       On the General tab, in the Startup type list, click Disabled.
e.       Under Service status, click Stop, and then click OK.
f.       Right-click the Print Spooler service, and then click Start (if it is stopped).
g.       Exit Computer Management.
3.      Test whether the issue is resolved. If the issue is resolved, you do not have to follow the remaining steps. If the issue is not resolved, go to step 4, and then follow the remaining steps.
4.      Start the computer in safe mode. To do this, follow these steps:
a.       Restart your computer and start pressing the F8 key on your keyboard. On a computer that is configured to start multiple operating systems, you can press the F8 key when the Boot menu appears.
b.       Select an option when the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then press ENTER.
c.       When the Boot menu appears again, and the words "Safe Mode" appear in blue at the bottom, select the installation that you want to start, and then press ENTER.


5.      Start Microsoft Windows Explorer, and then delete all the files and the folders in the following two folders (where C: is the drive where you have Windows Vista installed):
"      C:\Windows\System32\Spool\Printers
"      C:\Windows\System32\Spool\Drivers\w32x86
6.      Start Registry Editor. To do this, click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
7.      Locate and expand the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86
View the list of subkeys. There should only be the following subkeys:
"      Drivers
"      Print Processors
8.      If there are any subkeys other than the subkeys that are listed in step 7, follow these steps:
a.       On the File menu, click Export.
b.       In the File Name box, type the name that you want to use for this key, such as WindowsNTx86regkey, and then click Save.

You can use this backup of the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86 registry key to restore the key if you experience any issues after you complete this procedure.
c.       Delete all the subkeys other than the subkeys that are listed in step 6. To do this, right-click each subkey that is not on the list, and then click Delete. Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the deletion.
9.      Locate and then expand the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Drivers
The registry entries for the printer drivers that are installed on the computer are stored in the Version-x subkey or subkeys, where x is a number (typically 2 or 3).
10.      Export the Version-x subkey or subkeys. To do this, follow these steps:
a.       On the File menu, click Export.
b.       In the File Name box, type the name that you want to use for this key, such as print driver, and then click Save.
11.      Expand the Version-x subkey or subkeys, and then delete the printer driver entries. To do this, right-click each printer driver subkey, and then click Delete. Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the deletion.
12.      Locate and then expand the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Monitors
View the list of subkeys. There should only be the following subkeys for the default print monitors:
"      BJ Language Monitor
"      Local Port
"      PJL Language Monitor
"      Standard TCP/IP Port
"      USB Monitor
13.      If there are any subkeys other than the subkeys that are listed in step 12, follow these steps:
a.       On the File menu, click Export.
b.       In the File Name box, type the name that you want to use for this key, such as MonitorsRegkey, and then click Save.

You can use this backup of the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Monitors registry key to restore the key if you experience any issues after you complete this procedure.
c.       Delete all the subkeys other than the subkeys that are listed in step 10. To do this, right-click each subkey that is not on the list, and then click Delete. Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the deletion.
14.      If you have a printer attached, disconnect the printer cable from the computer, and then restart the computer.
15.      Verify that the Print Spooler service is running. To do this, follow these steps:
a.       Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Manage.
b.       Expand Services and Applications, and then click Services.
c.       In the details pane, right-click the Print Spooler service, and then click Start (if it is stopped).
d.       Exit Computer Management.

16.      If you have a printer attached, reconnect the printer cable to the computer, add the printer that you want, and then try to print a test page. To add your printer, follow these steps:
a.       Click Start, and then click Printers and Faxes.
b.       Click Add a printer.

The Add Printer Wizard starts.
c.       Follow the instructions in the Add Printer Wizard to install the printer that you want.

HTH

ITGUY012006
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This is Mircosoft's fix and does not correct the problem.
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