Windows Server 2003 SBS - Print Spooler Issue on Multiple PCs
Posted on 2011-10-04
I have a 2003 SBS Server that is having issues with printers after a user tried to install a "NULL" printer for a new application. The system was working fine and they installed a "NULL" printer after that multiple users around the site started complaining of their PCs locking up. It was found that the print spooler was locking up on all of these workstation (Windows XP). The "NULL" printer was removed but the problem persisted, I went over and rebooted the server to no help. I then started checking printer drivers and other items before I finally decided to remove all printers from the SBS Print Server and remove all printers from each workstation. I then reinstalled all printers with the most uptodate drivers from the vendors websites and reinstalled them onto the workstations. The issue appeared to be resolved but yesterday users started complaining of the same issue again.
On SBS I didnt see a way to remove the print spooler services and reinstall them such as you could do on 2003 Standard. Does anyone have any ideas on what could be causing my issue, The print spooler on the server itself is not freezing but it is freezing on almost all of the Windows XP machines (Only 1 PC did not seem to be affected and it had the same printers all of the others had). There are also a few Windows 7 machines that are not affected.