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How to Fix Printer Spooler error?

Hi All,

Currently I can't print from my machine due to error "Printing preferences cannot be displayed. The printer spooler service is not running". Hope there are solutions to this problem.

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titanium0203.
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I fixed the same problem today by deleting the files in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\spool\PRINTERS and then restarting the Print Spooler service.
To start the print spooler enter this line at a command prompt or the "Run" box.
net start "print spooler"
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I can't Delete the files in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\spool\PRINTERS , got a pop up message "It is being used by another person or program".

And I cant start the print spooler using net start with the error as below :
"The service name is invalid"

Regards,
titanium0203
Microsoft is aware of this problem as usual and and available fix which fixes many other printing problem with Windows XP is available at this link with a Fix it program, here at:

Article link: http://support.microsoft.com/mats/printing_problems/en-us

And below is the direct link to the Fix It program for this associate printing problem as described above:
Program link for download: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9740813
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Go to services and find print spooler and start it