Windows XP - print control panel doesn't open, can't print in any apps

In win xp, the printers and faxes control panel doesn't open.  I try to stop the print sppoler and I get a message: Could not stop the print spooler service on local computer  Error 1053: the service did not respont fo the start or control request in a timely fashion.

when in an app and you click file / print, you don't get anything.  any advice?

I ran ccleaner and euising to clean files and registry.

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I know it's corney but if the print sppooler has crashed, it may be locked - do printers appear after a reboot.

If not then there is a rogue job. Try clearing the spool folder (c:\windows\system32\spool\\printers) from all SPL and SHD files and restarting the spooler service.

If the problem reoccurs, then one of the drivers recently added has upset the spooler, or an automatic update may have caused it - remove any recently added devices (including PDF agents) as well as the spool folder.

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Open the Services Management Console (click Start, Run and enter services.msc).
Double-click the Print Spooler service to open its Properties window.
On the General tab, check that Startup type is Automatic.
Select the Dependencies tab.
Note all of the dependent services listed, then close the Print Spooler Properties window.
Repeat the above steps for the dependent services noted. Make sure all the dependent services are started and set for automatic.
Maybe a driver is there that is causing it to fail?

Delete the printer from Printers and Faxes (I would suggest deleting them all).

Once the printer is deleted, go to start<>run>cmd

net stop spooler
net start spooler

That should free up the drivers to delete them.....

Totally remove the driver, once you deleted the printer. To do this,  go to Printers and faxes>File>Server Properties>Drivers, and delete whats there. (Deleting the driver doesnt delete the drivers).

Reinstall the first printer, and test..... Then keep installing additional printers, until it either fails, or works ok....

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Also, make sure that prinui.dll is present in c:\Windows\System32.

And register it from a RUN prompt...

start>run>regsvr32 printui.dll
IamStumpedAuthor Commented:
tried to register it.  got this message:

printui.dll was loaced but the dllregisterserver entry point was not found.  the file cannot be registered.

Try replacing it with another one from a similar system, or from the XP CD.....

Thought that file could be registered.... My bad....
IamStumpedAuthor Commented:
the one I have is from 2004 and is something liek 150kb in size.  searched for others and found another with a 2008 date and 500 KB size in one of those long number / temp install folders.  

Tried replacing the old one and re-registering it, but same message.

this is an XP SP2 machine.  Will install sp3 and other patches then see what happens.
Yea, it wont register on mine either (Win7), I thought it did though.....

SP3 would be a great place to start... If you get any errors with the SP install, post us the C:\Windows\svcpack.log......
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