Fix Printer Spooler Service Issue

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Fix Printer Spooler Service is not Running Issue

Print Spooler Service is an operating system service which helps computer Windows to interact with the printer, and give commands to the printer to print jobs in your queue for printing. Sometimes it gets stopped or stuck and then you will see print spooler error message about the print spooler, which means this tool has been corrupted or is failing to interact correctly with other printing software. Most of the printing issues are affected by this service.

Print spooler service commands multiple print orders and sends them to the printer one by one for printing. As we know, printers take a little time to print, so print spooler service keeps the pending documents in the queue and then sends them to the printer respectively when the first document is printed.


Various problems involving the spooler can issue with printers after you click print. Usually if there is an issue with your one document that has been sent to the printer and has been added to the print queue by the spooler, the same will reason all print jobs behind it in the queue to stop. And below may effect

  • Print jobs getting stuck in the printing queue box
  • Data or documents in the spooler become corrupt and the spooler can’t translate the same for the printer.
  • Spooler service failure – The windows or spooler software has crashed part way through the transfer of data information.

All the issues listed above will mean that your printer will stop the process and refuse to print any more of your needed documents.

Print Spooler Service is not Running Solution for Windows 10

Solution 1: Run the Printer Troubleshooter

Typically, Windows 10 has a Printer Troubleshooter built-into itself which allows it to automatically detect and fix any errors preventing the printer from printing.

  • Select the WINDOWS key + X and then click on SETTINGS.
  • Start typing TROUBLESHOOTS into the search box on the bottom left corner of the screen, and then selects TROUBLESHOOTING SETTINGS.
  • Find and select the PRINTER TROUBLESHOOTER and then follow the instructions.
  • Allow the troubleshooter to run, detect, and fix the problems related to the printer spooler issue.
  • Restart your Windows computer once the process comes to an end.
  • Once the computer turns on, check to see if the problem persists.

Solution 2: Is the Remote Procedure Call Service running?

The Remote Procedure Call (RPC) needs to be running properly. The printer spooler needs to be turned on to 'automatic' otherwise; it won't turn on unless you manually start it.

  • Open up the services window, and then select WINDOWS key + R and type "services.msc"
  • Locate the PRINTER SPOOLER (RPC) from the list, then right-click it and select PROPERTIES
  • Check to see if the STARTUP type is set for automatic, and if it is not, then select AUTOMATIC, then click APPLY, and then OK.
  • Check to see if the Print Spooler continues to prevent you from printing.
  • If the problem persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution 3: Delete the Print Spooler Files

There will be times when the Print Spooler service will stop working due to an overload of file within it. You should delete your print spooler files, such as the pending print jobs or corrupted files.
B- In order to delete the Print Spooler Files:

  • Disable the Print Spooler services by opening services Select WINDOWS KEY + R then type "services.msc" then select ENTER
  • From the Services list, find the Print Spooler service, then STOP it by right-clicking it, then selecting STOP
  • Minimize the Services window
  • Press the WINDOWS key + E, this will open the ‘Windows File Explorers
    • Then go to the C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS folder
    • Same procedure for C:\Windows\System64\spool\PRINTERS
  • Select Yes or CONTINUE if prompted to request Administrator privilege in order to open PRINTERS
  • Delete all files in the PRINTERS folder and make sure to leave the folder empty (make sure to NOT delete the PRINTERS folder itself)
  • Open up the minimized window (the SERVICES page), and initiate the Print Spooler services by right-clicking and selecting START
  • Once the files are deletes, disconnect your printer from your computer and connect them after waiting 15 seconds
  • Check to see if the problem persists

Solution 4: Restart the Print Spooler Service

  • Run the Printer Spooler Service by selecting WINDOWS key + R then type "services.msc" and press ENTER
  • Find the Print Spooler Service by right-clicking on it, then select RESTART
  • At this point, check to see if the problem continues to persist by printing a document

Solution 5: Uninstall any other Unnecessary Printers

  • Open the Windows 10 start menu, by selecting the Windows Key
  • Find SETTINGS and then click on it
  • Look for Printers and Scanners
  • Select the printer you want to remove from the list
  • Once you have removed all the unwanted printers off your list, restart your computer
  • Now check to see if the problem continues

Solution 6: Get Rid of Multiple Drivers for your Printer

You will need to find the PRINT MANAGEMENT TOOL to remove the duplicate driver.

  • Select WINDOWS key + S
  • Type "Print Management" into the search box found on the bottom left corner of your screen
  • Open up PRINT MANAGEMENT, then click on ALL DRIVERS
  • Find the duplicate drivers from the list and then right-click on each to select REMOVE DRIVER PACKAGE
  • Once the duplicate drivers have been deleted, check to see if the problem still exists


After read and apply all solutions If still you are getting error message then you should find local or online printer experts to fix printer spooler service is not running issue as soon as possible