Vista x64 Premium: Windows can't open Add Printer. The local print spooler service is not running. Please restart the spooler or restart the machine.
Posted on 2009-04-11
I am stumped. Have looked all over the internet for a solution.
I have Vista x64 Premium and all of a sudden, I noticed that I cannot print, I do not see a single printer icon and I cannot even add a new printer. When I go to add a printer, I get an error: Windows can't open Add Printer. The local print spooler service is not running. Please restart the spooler or restart the machine.
1. What happened to all my printer icons?
2. How do I fix this error? I have spent hours searching for a solution.
In a glimmer of hope, I removed FinePrint software and all the remaining printer icons appeared back. Once I rebooted the machine, all of them have disappeared again.
I have restored to 2 earlier restore points to no avail.
Help, please help. I need to print before the tax filing day and I am totally stuck. Desperation is setting in.
Thanks a lot in advance for all help.