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Printer Spooler problem in a Windows XP Pro workstation

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I have one Windows XP Pro workstation were the Printer Spooler stops constantly and it does not restart automatically.

I already have set the recovery to restart the service under subsequent failures (all three options are set to restart)

When the service stops I can manually restart without any problems. It tends to stop every few days or so

Any ideas?
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Question by:Gerhardpet
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by:Nik
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Delete all printers installed in the system
Open Print Manager | Server Properties | Drivers tab
Remove all of the drivers listed
Restart and see if this problems is still happening.

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by:kaskhedikar_tushar
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Hello,

Restore your system.

start - programs - accessories - system tools - system restore

& select the date.

Regards,
Tushar Kaskhedikar
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by:takwirirar
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I think this points to an issue with the drivers of whatever printers you have. Usually the Print Spooler works. I'd suggest
1. Open Printers and Faxes
2. Right click in the white space
3. Click Server Properties
4. Go to Drivers
5. Delete all of them
6. Go to C:\windows\system32\spool\drivers and delete everything in there
7. Reboot the PC
8. Reinstall the printer(s) and make sure the Print Spooler service is running
9. Monitor the situation
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by:arnold
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Check the system/application event log for the cause of the spool service stopping.
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by:Gerhardpet
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nimatejic,
Already tried your suggesting but still the same problem.

Tushar,
I'm not sure how restoring the system would help because this is an on going problem.
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by:Gerhardpet
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takwirirar,
The only thing I have not tried is to delete everything in Go to C:\windows\system32\spool\drivers and delete everything in there after I uninstalled the drivers

I will give that a try
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by:Nik
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by:Nik
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You can also just backup your profile and try with a new one.
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Willy Van den Houten earned 500 total points
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make a bat file : net start spooler.

Instead of restarting the service try

Run a program and point to the bat file.
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by:takwirirar
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I also figured sometimes freakishly its to do with what is being printed, I remember this problem used to happen when only a certain document was printed, as soon as you tried to print another the Print Spooler would fail. Check the users behaviour to eliminate such things
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This will work well for me and I don't have to monkey around with the drivers
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