How to fix a Print Spooler Error

Posted on 2011-10-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I can't figure out how to fix the print spooler error. The two printers that were connected to the computer wirelessly don't show up anymore. I went into Administrative tools in the control panel, and into services. I opened the print spooler, and it is set to automatic, but the service status says stopped. I try hitting start, but I get an error. "Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start." How do I fix this issue?
Question by:mattbiel
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    the dependencies c an be checked under dependency TAB. make sure thaey are running.
    The below key is for 32bit OS. follow X64 for 64bit OS.
    delete all keys under except windows default printers
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Drivers
    delete all keys under
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Drivers\Version-3
    delete all under except winprint
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Print Processors
    delete all under except Local/microsoft/standard/usb/wsd

    restart machine & try starting the spooler. & reinstall printers
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    To resolve the problem, fix the dependency information for the Spooler service.

    Click Start, Run and type the following:

    Alternately, to accomplish this using Registry Editor:

    Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe
    Navigate to the following branch

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Services \ Spooler

    In the right-pane, double-click the DependOnService value
    Delete the existing data, and then type RPCSS

    Close Regedit.exe
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    Most spooler problems are caused by defective drivers. Try removing the printers and reinstalling them.

    To remove the printers, go to Printers & Faxes. First delete the printers. Then, from the File menu, select Server Properties. Click the Drivers tab and remove the drivers from the list.

    Author Comment

    harrysnw: I tried both methods, neither worked unfortunetly.
    hdhondt: The printers don't even show up in the first place when I go to Printers & Faxes, so there's no way of deleting them.
    Shahzamm:I don't exactly know how to do what you're saying, and I don't want to mess more things up than are already messed up. could you please give me a more user-friendly step by step way of going about that? Sorry for the trouble.

    If anyone has any other alternative methods, I will totally appreciate it.
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    under services you can check dependencies for each service
    the keys are from registry.

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