The print spooler is a software/service that temporarily stores print jobs on your computer’s hard drive or in memory until the printer is ready to print them. It is an essential service on Windows 10 computers for printing purposes. It should work fine for adding a new printer to your computer or for printing/sending documents to a printer.
What causes the print spooler to stop working?
- Outdated driver
- Faulty or infected system
- Outdated Windows operating system
- Invalid configuration in printer settings
How do I fix the print spooler failure?
Reboot the Print Spooler service
- Press Windows + R, type services.MSC and press Enter.
- Find the Print Spooler service, right-click it, and select Restart.
- Verify that this resolved the print spooler issue and that the printer is now working properly.
Removing other unnecessary printers
- Click on the Start menu in Windows 10 (Windows key).
- Find Settings and click on it.
- In Settings, find Printers and Scanners.
- Select the printer you want to delete and click Delete.
- After uninstalling printers that you don’t use or need, restart your computer and verify that the printer is now working properly.
Uninstalling and reinstalling the printer drivers
- Press the Windows + X key and click Device Manager.
- Expand the Printer Drivers section.
- Right-click on the printer drivers and click Uninstall.
- Now install the latest Windows 10 printer drivers from the manufacturer’s website.
- Expand the print queues.
- Right-click on each queue and select Update.
- After updating both versions, restart your computer, reconnect the printer, and make sure it works properly.
Installing Device Drivers in Compatibility Mode
- Right-click on the printer driver you downloaded from the manufacturer’s website.
- Click/click on Properties.
- On the Compatibility tab, check the Run this program in compatibility mode box.
- Select Windows 8.1/8 from the drop-down list under Compatibility Mode.
- Click Apply and then Ok.
- Install the drivers, reboot your computer and see if the problem is resolved.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Press "Windows key" + "R" to open the Run dialog box.
- Type "services. msc" and select "OK".
- Double-click the "Print Spooler" service and change the startup type to "Automatic".
- Restart your computer and try installing the printer again.
Sometimes the print spooler service stops due to too many print spooler files, unexamined files, or corrupted files. By removing files from the print spooler, you can delete pending print jobs or too many files, or delete corrupted files to resolve the problem.
- Press Windows + R, type services.MSC and OK.
- Scroll down the page and find the Druckspooler service.
- Right-click on the Druckspooler service and select Restart.
- Make sure that the print spooler startup type is set to Automatic.