How To Fix: The Print Spooler Service Is Not Running

Did you fail to install the printer and you were prompted with an error saying “the print spooler service is not running”? This step-by-step guide will tell you how to fix “the print spooler service is not running” error completely.

How to fix “the print spooler service is not running” error step by step?

When you meet this problem, you can firstly try to manually enable the print spooler service using the following instructions:

First possible fix solution:

Locate to your desktop -> Right-click My Computer -> Select Manage -> Highlight Services and Applications -> Select Service on the right panel and then double-click it-> Find out Printer Spooler option in the right-side list and then double-click to open Print Spooler Properties window -> set the Startup type as “Automatic” and then choose Ok to confirm the operation.

When you have performed the above steps and you receive “Error 3: the system cannot find the specified path”, then you will need to perform more steps to fix “the print spooler service is not running” problem:

Open your Registry Editor (Start Menu -> click Run -> type regedit in the blank and press Enter key to open your Registry Editor) -> locate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlset\Services\Spooler -> add new string value ImagePath whose value will be c:\windows\system32\spoolsv.exe. -> Check whether there is spoolsv.exe on System 32 folder in your local disk and if you haven’t, you can copy one from another PC to there. Besides, the print spooler service will depend on Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service so you need to make sure the RPC service has also turned on. -> If you cannot find out the print spooler service at the beginning, then you can export HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlset \ Services \ Spooler entry from another computer and then import it into your computer.

Second possible fix solution:

Open the Registry Editor -> Locate the following registry key and delete it: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ ControlSet001 \ Control \ Print \ Printers \ -> find out the printer with error and then delete the printer error there. -> exit the Registry Editor

Third possible fix solution:

Sometimes, your SPOOLSV.EXE will be gone after the virus removal. This will cause your print spooler not to run anymore. In such case, please copy SPOOLSV.EX_ file from I386 directory in your installation CD to your computer’s SYSTEM32 directory and rename it as spoolsv.exe.

NOTICE: The Print Spooler Service Is Not Running may be triggered by some viruses attacked. When you are surfing the internet, there are some unwanted program or malware may be installed onto your computer, if you want to protect your computer from being attacking from viruses, you can use antivirus program to keep your PC healthy and safe.