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Print spooler stops on restart of win 8.1

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Print spooler stops every time we restart a Windows 8.1 machine. Only stops when machine is shut down and brought back up, otherwise it will continue to run.
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by:McKnife
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Please look into the system event log for the reason why it stops, there will be a description of the error.
Also try to set the startup type to "automatic (delayed start).
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by:eliaexperts
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Startup type is automatic.  
Unchecked "allow services to interact with desktop".  
Tried taking out Http as a dependent service in the registry.
Event ID 818 in the event properties for print service.  error code 0x6CC

Thank you for any help you can send my way.
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by:eliaexperts
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The event id 818 also states the print spooler RPC server failed to start.  The RPC service however is running.  I can also start the print spooler manually with no problems or error codes.  It just fails to start automatically at restart.
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by:McKnife
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Please do as advised and change the startup type.
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by:eliaexperts
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When I try to select Automatic (Delayed Start) I get the error message ...the delayed auto-start flag could not be set.  Error 87: The parameter is incorrect.
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McKnife earned 2000 total points
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Ok... same for me, you cannot set it to delayed autostart... sorry, I did not know.
As you will have problems figuring that out, why not use a workaround? Use a scheduled task that fies the command
net start spooler
using the system account (user: system). Set the trigger to at startup and set the delay time to one minute.
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by:eliaexperts
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I have created a batch file to start the print spooler.  Works great when manually run. Tried to setup a scheduled task but even though I am running it with highest privileges, it will not start the spooler.  Task scheduler logs show task was run successfully.  However, I can run the task manually and it works!  Something must be happening in the timing sequence.
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by:eliaexperts
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Additional info...the task is scheduled to run at startup....
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by:McKnife
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So not as suggested with a Delay?
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by:eliaexperts
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Let me try that....
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by:eliaexperts
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Changed the run command to execute at login instead of startup...it is working now!  Thank you.
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