How to Fix the "Print Spooler Service Is Not Running" Issue

By Bonnie Conrad

When you try to install a new local or network printer on your computer, you might receive a message saying that the print spooler is not running. If the print spooler service is not running, the computer will not be able to communicate with any of the printers, including the ones already installed on your system and the new one you are attempting to install. If you do encounter this error, you need to restart the print spooler, and check the settings to make sure the service starts automatically.

Step 1

Log on to your computer and click the "Start" button. Choose "Control Panel" from the list of options.

Step 2

Double-click the "Administrative Tools" option. Some Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 systems may not display this icon by default. Click the "Classic View" button if the icon is not visible.

Step 3

Open the Administrative Tools window and double-click on the "Services" icon. Scroll down to the Print Spooler service.

Step 4

Right-click on the "Print Spooler" service and choose "Start" from the list. Then double-click on the "Print Spooler" and change the startup type to "Automatic." This will ensure that the print spooler service starts automatically, each time your computer is restarted.

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