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Windows 2003 Server - Print Spooler Issue

Posted on 2013-06-26
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We have a Windows 2003 R2 Terminal Server that users access to work on their files, etc. The print spooler service now needs to be stopped to allow users to access the TS. When we restart this service the users are blocked. Please help.
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by:Miguel Angel Perez Muñoz
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Have you checked any new printer installed? block users can print from his local printers: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731963(v=ws.10).aspx
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Nothing has been done on this server for some time; it has been running fine. No new printer drivers have been added.
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Check for the printer monitors in the registry. Just google for the list of default printer monitors you'll get it and then compare the same against the printer monitors installed in the TS server. Take backup of the registry before deleting any monitors and then check.

Also check for any printer driver with version 2 installed in your server(in the registry HKLM->S/W->MICROSOFT->windowsNT->currentversion->print

You can also find the printer monitors installed in the TS server in the above mentioned registry path.

Clean all the legacy printer monitors & printer drivers and then start the print spooler service..,
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The problem was associated to a Zebra label printer driver. A registry key containing an embedded-null character related to the label printer could not be deleted. I downloaded a removal tool from Sysinternals "Regdelnull" and this removed it. Once the server was rebooted all was well again. Thanks for your help.
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Hi,

I believe that my solution helped the requestor to narrow down the issue. Hope eligible for some points...,
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